If you give a junker a holiday that’s traditionally pink and ruffles, that junker has a challenge on their hands.
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!
These cute little cardboard embellished hearts can be tucked in the smallest places while still telling a story.
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!
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.
2. Draw and cut hearts out of cardboard. The more freehand, the better.
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.
3. Start going on a hot glue frenzy with all your textures and watch those little hearts come to life.
For the bark, the strips were hot glued on…
… then trimmed with scissors. Just don’t tell your mom you used your best sewing ones. #guilty
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.
Aren’t they cute?
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…