3 ways to use a reclaimed wood salvaged junk heart

Hang pictures from twine with a junk styled LOVE sign: 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
I keep wanting to refer to our record breaking current snow weather. When it kinda takes over your life, it’s hard for it not to be on your constant radar.

Since Friday, we started getting dumped on. In 3 days, we had over 80 cm, or 31″. For a place that is use to mowing their lawn nearly year around, that is a LOT. And it’s not over yet. Wednesday will bring more!

Between all the shovelling lately, yesterday I started this junk heart project. I was bound and determined to MAKE SOMETHING COOL that would last, rather than just do endless tasks that would be erased with high winds… if you get my ‘drift.’ Heh.

Kinda like cleaning the house. Somedays I wonder why in blazes I bother…

Anyway… I wanted to get in on the reclaimed wood Valentine heart craze before Feb 14th. I’ve made some salvaged hearts before HERE, but they were a little more crafty. This round, I wanted to use my beloved wood scraps.

So after a little messing around, I think this heart turned out pretty cool!

But when I was making it, I kept asking myself what I’d want it to do… 

You see, my junk generally works for its keep. Very good work ethic!

And then the ideas wouldn’t stop.

Hence… here’s 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk heart!

Just don’t be too surprised to see this rustic heart do something new in a future post… it’s that versatile.

3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net

How to make the reclaimed wood heart
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Let’s start with the heart first.

This heart is not hard to make. Just a bit fiddly cutting the pieces just so. But no worries… it’s totally do-able if you have a decent jig saw handy.
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What you may need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links)

random reclaimed wood planks

paper, pencil, scissors

jig saw & miter saw

workmate work bench

clamps

cordless drill, bits and screws

twine

random rusty junk

cast iron coat hooks

stencil – I used Homestead Blend Coffee HERE



Piecing together the wood | 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
1. Stack random wood planks together, arranged in the order you’d like them to appear in your heart.

I did nothing new to these planks. They were just scraps as is. But the bottom one had been painted black, and the one on top of it wears Miss Mustard Seed’s antique wax, (Amazon affiliate link) from THIS toolbox shelf project.

Creating a heart template from paper | 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
2. Decide how large you’d like the heart, then create a template, by folding a large sheet of paper in half, drawing half the heart. Make sure it fits on the wood.

Creating a heart template from paper | 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Creating a heart template from paper | 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Creating a heart template from paper | 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net

3. Cut out the heart template, then trace the shape onto the wood, rotating between using a pencil, chalk, or white pencil crayon. Whatever shows up best.

Clamping the wood to cut shapes with a jig saw | 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
4. Cut each wood piece as drawn, using a jig saw.

I like to use a couple of clamps to hold the boards in place, alongside a little workmate work bench. You may be able to get away with holding some pieces while you cut, but being that my jig saw is heavy, I prefer using both hands while using it.

I think I need to look into a new one… I want THIS ONE.

Bracing the back of the heart for stability | 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
5. Brace the back in some way, so all the boards are supported.

If using cedar strips like I did, I suggest to pre-drill holes, or the strips may split when you attach them.

6. After assembling, you’ll find some edges won’t meet perfectly. Re-smooth the edges with a jig saw.

7. Lightly sand the edges, and across the front of the boards.

3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
And you have yourself a wooden heart!

The finished heart above measures at 24″ x 24″.

3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
And now for the very best part… let’s get it to do something cool.

My first thought for the heart was that it needed to symbolize Love.  So I gathered up all kinds of junk and came up with…

Creating the word LOVE with junk | 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net

Creating the word LOVE with junk | 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
A junk themed LOVE. Anything that kinda looked like a letter did the trick.

How to install LOVE letters

To attach the junk letters, hold in place, then use screws to brace. The head of the screw will hold most things. Click on the hung up pictures to better see.

The wheels were installed by inserting a long screw first to create a ‘hook’.

To give the O more of a 3D effect, a gear was layered with a bike wheel.

Ok, so it looks cool, but it isn’t doing anything yet… let’s change that!

Hang pictures from twine: 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood salvaged junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
1. Reclaimed wood LOVE heart picture hanger!

So, I thought… WHO do I love?

I love my parents… so that was easy!

But I also love how easily the photos can be changed out on the twine. Fun way to celebrate special occasions or just because.

Time to go print some more photos…

Hang pictures from twine: 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net


Hang pictures from twine: 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
A little piece of twine was knotted on each end, then attached through the knots with screws.

Well, that was fun! But… what about for an everyday kinda task?

Create a rustic writing station: 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
2. I Love Junk reclaimed wood heart writing station!

We LOVE junk,yes? So to me, this spells out my passion.

How suitable would this writing station be, hung in a workshop or craft room, depending where you practice your own passion?

Wouldn’t it be cool if the circle stuff had working clock hands?!

The clipboard is hanging from a screw. A hook was installed for keys.

Create a rustic writing station: 3 ways to use a reclaimed wood junk heart! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or all season. | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Perfect for a small entry, or even a kitchen, for grocery listing.

Ok, so let’s switch gears a bit. What ELSE do I love, other than junk?

Any guesses before you scroll?

Create a coffee mug hanging station using Homestead Blend Coffee, part of Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
3. I LOVE COFFEE reclaimed wood heart mug hanger!

Your fav mugs at your fingertips… mandatory for your AM fix.

Here’s how it was themed for coffee…

Create a coffee mug hanging station using Homestead Blend Coffee, part of Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils - find them HERE
1. Position stencil of choice where desired, using masking tape.

2. Load a stencil brush with paint, then remove most of the paint onto a rag, creating a ‘dry’ brush.

3. Pounce the paint into the letters, attempting to achieve sort of a powdery, weathered effect.

Tip: The dryer your brush, the sharper your letters will be.
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Paint used: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black

Stencil used: Homestead Blend Coffee can be found HERE

Find many more stencil tips HERE

Create a coffee mug hanging station using Homestead Blend Coffee, part of Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
And a few minutes later, you have yourself a coffee sign!

If you ever change your mind about the message on your heart, simply use a palm sander to remove the paint, then change your message.

True story. I had stencilled a different design on this first, then changed my mind. It was that easy to change out.

And the sign must work, because…

Create a coffee mug hanging station using Homestead Blend Coffee, part of Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

Now I want coffee…

But boy, did it feel good to create again!  How would you use this wooden heart?

Create rustic valentines with nearly anything you have on hand! Here's how: | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Learn how to make these salvaged junk hearts HERE 

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  1. Snow just sounds cold, do I dare tell you its been in the 70’s here this week? I love the first heart but that second one used as a coffee station is awesome! Time to order a new Coffee stencil – I love this even though I’m more of a Tea gal these days. The plant hanger to the left is also very cool. So many details in this post and I love them all.

    • Oh my… I forgot to address that! Everything was just screwed into place. If you click on the photos and look closely, you’ll see the screws. I just held something, then drove in a screw in certain places to hold it in place. The head of the screw kept things in place.

  2. Just love the heart and all your repurpose projects. What a treat to see over coffee this my. ♥️♥️

  3. This heart is gorgeous! The “Love” version is calling my name.Unfortunately I know nothing about using power tools but maybe I can persuade my hubby to make me one. As far as the snow goes, I am about 30 miles south of Seattle and the 7 inches we got this week was plenty for me. 31 inches, yikes!!

  4. Your heart is sooo cute! I love it!! What a wonderful grouping with the heart as the focus and the twine for photos to make the piece work for you. Very clever indeed!

  5. Your creations are the bees knees. You are a wealth of interesting ideas. I love seeing your work and hope to create like you in the future.

  6. Donna,

    I love your love heart. I am a fan of hearts anyway, but yours is awesome! Thank you for sharing and very detailed directions on making one.

  7. Love the heart in all the ways you used, but the coffee ‘one’ is my favorite. I love stenciling and having words all over my home. After I finish this entry I am going to look into your favorite jigsaw. I’m a thinkin I could use one. Have used the orbital hand sander hubby got me and I love it. I actually didn’t have sore arms or shoulders after using. That’s new. I can see the right tools make all the difference. Thanks for the post. I so wish I could come to your home and play. Ha!Ha!

  8. When I clicked on this page I actually said out loud to no one…. “Ohmigosh, I love that!”

    And guess what? My neighbor let us have some of the old barn wood from his property last summer and it’s just sitting there begging to be this….

  9. Thank you for pointing out the back….So sorry I missed it…I was mentally going through my scrap pile…I thought I scrolled through more than once. Thanks for replying.