Hey, hey, there! Thanks for joining me again today. Yesterday I shared some of my favorite vintage-y vibe Valentine crafts from around the blogosphere, so today I wanted to show you what I made. Here’s an old plaque I had purchased at TJ Maxx years ago. It used to be in the bathroom of our old house, but it’s been in our basement heap for awhile now because it just doesn’t go with our current decor. I knew I could do something with it someday.
Fast forward to a few days ago when I got a bug up my arse to make something, so I went scrounging in the basement to see what I could make out of nothing. (This is so satisfying to me…when I can make something new out of stuff I already have. I seriously didn’t buy a thing for this project.) Anyway, I grabbed the plaque and some birch-like wrapping paper scraps I saved from another project and tromped up the basement stairs to see what I could do. With our 4-year-old perched on a stool offering advice, I started cutting hearts. I placed three in a row and liked the layout, so then I thought I’d write our initials on the hearts to mimic the look of a tree carving. (I still like this idea, but it’s not what I went with.) Then I remembered this key we have laying around that goes to our IKEA armoire. We don’t need to lock the armoire, but for some reason I’ve never thrown out the key. I rummaged around, found it, and then decided to hot-glue it on. Eureka! The three hearts could represent me and our 2 girls, and the key could be my husband’s. (Get it? He holds the key to our hearts.) Enter a Sharpie to draw on some keyholes and I was happy.
Key to Our Hearts Valentine Art
Nap Rating = 1 nap (not including dry time)
Tools & Materials
- Piece of wood or a wooden plaque (you can find these at craft stores if you don’t already have an old one you want to paint)
- Spray paint
- Scrapbook or wrapping paper–even scraps will do
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Hot glue gun
- Old key
- Sandpaper or palm sander
- Spray paint your wooden plaque and let dry completely.
- Meanwhile, cut out three hearts from your decorative paper.
- When the plaque is dry, use some sandpaper or an electric palm sander to distress the edges.
- Wipe clean of dust, then brush Mod Podge on the back of a heart and place it on the center of the plaque. Repeat with the remaining two hearts, placing one on each side.
- Brush Mod Podge medium over the entire surface of the plaque, all the way to the edges.
- Repeat if necessary, and let dry completely.
- Using hot glue, adhere the key to the plaque.
- Draw keyholes on each heart using a Sharpie.
Here’s another look at the before and after.
What have you found in your basement lately?