Rustic hearts from salvaged junk… for Valentine’s Day

Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

If you give a junker a holiday that’s traditionally pink and ruffles, that junker has a challenge on their hands.

Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

So a while back, I took it on and came up with these rustic harts from salvaged junk for Valentine’s Day. And they’re just neutral enough to leave up year around if you keep a few for yourself!

Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
These cute little cardboard embellished hearts can be tucked in the smallest places while still telling a story.

Moss heart / Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Any texture or treatment is possible! I haven’t made one I haven’t fallen in love with yet.

Here’s how I did it! 

Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
1. Scout out anything you like to look at. Moss, bark, mop string, buttons, dried hydrangeas, burlap, anything goes. As long as you can glue it onto something small, it’ll work.

Cardboard cutouts / Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 2. Draw and cut hearts out of cardboard. The more freehand, the better.

Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 Nice thing about cardboard is, it’s light, yet sturdy. The treatments will bulk up your hearts some so you want something stable enough to do the job without adding more weight.

Gluing embellishments onto cardboard / Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 3. Start going on a hot glue frenzy with all your textures and watch those little hearts come to life.

Gluing bark onto cardboard / Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

For the bark, the strips were hot glued on… 

Trimming bark heart / Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 … then trimmed with scissors. Just don’t tell your mom you used your best sewing ones. #guilty

Button covered heart / Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
For the button one, the heart should really have been painted white first. I just used more buttons to compensate.

Mop string heart / Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Mop string rustic heart / Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 This is mop string. After the sides were trimmed down, I ran a double width along the edges to clean it up. And I left the long quirky tails too.

Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 Aren’t they cute?

Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine's Day... or all year around! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Burlap and twine bulletin board via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Rustic hearts look very cute on a rustic bulletin board (tutorial here) too!

Quite honestly, these little rustic hearts were just an excuse to make something seasonal and not have to take it down anytime soon. Someone would be very wise if they came up with Christmas decor that never had to be removed… hmmm…

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Categories: Burlap, DIY, Junk Drawer, Reclaimed wood projects, Seasonal, Staging / decorating, Valentine's Day
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  1. Donna I love these! All of them – I keep thinking ‘oh the bark one is my fav’ and then I think ‘no the mop string one is my fav’ and then I think ‘no wait…’!!!! You did a great job of hearts that look great with junque and rust!

  2. Love all the hearts. Instead of painting the cardboard white, just use white cardboard. (I save everything) White is not too common though.

  3. With the button one, you could just glue on a page from a book first, instead of painting it. I hate to wait for the paint to dry before I get to the fun part!

  4. I love these,they are so much better than all the ruffles with lace and red and pink. Thanks for sharing, I’m inspired.

  5. You have given me some great ideas. I think I may try a heart with cut up pink and red scrapbook paper in small pieces and make a collage. Thanks.