Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine’s Day

Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose #valentinesdayprojects

Rustic hearts from salvaged junk for Valentine’s Day

 

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

Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose #valentinesdayprojects

So a while back, I took it on and came up with these rustic hearts 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!

Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose #valentinesdayprojects
These cute little cardboard embellished hearts can be tucked in the smallest places while still telling a story.

Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose #valentinesdayprojects

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! 

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Supplies I used:

Cardboard

Craft supplies such as buttons, twine, spanish moss, craft bark, mop head, burlap, etc.

Glue gun and glue sticks

Scissors


Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose

How to:

1. Scout out anything you like to look at.

Craft supplies such as buttons, twine, spanish moss, craft bark, mop head, burlap, etc. As long as you can glue it onto something small, it’ll work.


Cardboard cutouts / Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose

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

Cardboard cutouts / Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose

 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 / Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose

 3. Start going on a hot glue gun frenzy with all your chosen craft supplies and watch those little hearts come to life!

Gluing bark onto cardboard / Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose

For the bark, the strips were hot glued on… 

Trimming bark heart / Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose #valentinesdayprojects

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

Maybe we should all carry some craft scissors!


Button covered heart / Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose #valentinesdayprojects

For the button Valentine heart, I would suggest to paint the heart first.

For example, mine could have been painted white for white buttons.

I just used more buttons to compensate.

Mop string heart / Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose

Mop string heart / Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose

This is mop string cut from a mop head. It’s great stuff!

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.

Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose

Aren’t these rustic little Valentine hearts cute?!

Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose

Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose

I love the Valentine heart profiles too. Each craft supply gives it a different depth.

Super quirky, but very fun and unique!

 
Learn how to make these charming rustic hearts for Valentine's Day with bark, twine, burlap, buttons, plus! Click for full tutorial with many ideas! #valentinesday #hearts #valentines #funkyjunkinteriors #repurpose #valentinesdayprojects

I think this burlap Valentine heart is my favorite, with coordinating brown buttons!

Burlap and twine bulletin board via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
These little rustic Valentine hearts look very cute pinned onto this rustic bulletin board (tutorial here) too!

Quite honestly, these little rustic Valentine hearts were just an excuse to make something seasonal and not have to take it down anytime soon!

Think you’ll make some too?

Other rustic Valentine’s Day projects you may enjoy:

Learn how to make this reclaimed wood coffee heart sign from scrap wood! #valentinesday #hearts

Reclaimed wood coffee mug hanger

Learn how to make this reclaimed wood junk LOVE sign for Valentine's Day with scrap wood ! #valentinesday #hearts

Reclaimed wood LOVE heart used 3 ways

Learn how to make this Tic Tac Toe game tray with wood scraps! From a Valentine's Day stencil. #valentinesday #hearts #tictactoe

Tic Tac Toe board game tray from a Valentine’s Day stencil

Learn how to make this reclaimed wood rope LOVE sign for a Valentine's Day project! #valentinesday #hearts #valentinesdayprojects

Rope Love sign

View ALL my rustic Valentine’s Day projects HERE

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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.