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.
How to make the reclaimed wood heart
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.
What you may need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links)
random reclaimed wood planks
paper, pencil, scissors
cordless drill, bits and screws
random rusty junk
stencil – I used Homestead Blend Coffee HERE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
Well, that was fun! But… what about for an everyday kinda task?
We LOVE junk,yes? So to me, this spells out my 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.
Ok, so let’s switch gears a bit. What ELSE do I love, other than junk?
Any guesses before you scroll?
Your fav mugs at your fingertips… mandatory for your AM fix.
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.
Paint used: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black
Stencil used: Homestead Blend Coffee can be found HERE
Find many more stencil tips HERE
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…
Now I want coffee…
But boy, did it feel good to create again! How would you use this wooden heart?
Learn how to make these salvaged junk hearts HERE