It’s been a LONG time since I whipped up something to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’ve created these salvaged junk hearts awhile back, but I was overdue on something new… something rustic.
My decorating style is pretty neutral and rustic, so I desired to make a project that chimed in with that so I’d be inclined to keep it around for after Valentine’s Day.
I wanted something fast and easy… and that’s when it hit me. How about if I allowed a piece of rope to do all the talking?
Grabbing a few reclaimed wood fence planks from my stash, here’s how I did it!
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How to make a reclaimed wood Love rope sign
heavy twine – identical to what I used!
hot glue gun
cordless drill – my fav kind
Starbucks Pike coffee optional, but pretty ultimate
1. Roughly sketch your desired LOVE sign on paper.
Be aware of how bendable your chosen twine is.
2. Freehand your design with chalk on your sign boards.
I chose three reclaimed wood boards, and hadn’t even bothered to attach them to each other yet!
But you could mount them together prior to this step, with two attached support boards underneath.
3. Apply hot glue along your chalk line, then follow along with one long piece of twine.
The glue cools nearly instantly, so I went several inches at a time.
I ended my design with a big ‘ol twisty heart to further tell the story. Cute, huh?
I don’t have a ton of spare wall space (read that as none) in my home, so I decided to…
… mount the reclaimed wood Love rope sign to my headboard!
The 3 sign boards were first affixed to each other via two side planks, as shown.
The entire sign was them screwed onto the gate headboard.
I love a light, neutral bedroom, so crumply white pillows and quilt do it for me.
I LOVE it! 🙂
I also ought to challenge myself at the 11th hour more often…
Love junky hearts? Here’s a few more….
Find the coffee stencil HERE
Scrap wood junk heart, used three different ways.
Click to see how to make the heart, and view the 3rd idea! Find the coffee stencil HERE
Salvaged junk hearts, made with anything you have on hand!
A crafty project, that can be completed in under an hour!
Tic Tac Toe Valentine’s Day stencil into a board tray game
See all my other rustic Valentine’s Day projects HERE
Find my favorite Valentine’s Day stencils HERE
21 thoughts on “How to make a wood Love rope sign for Valentine’s Day”
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I was wondering if you recall where you had gotten the wreath at?
Im always looking for one that resembles that and its hard to tell online the size and how thick they are.
Hi Jennifer, if you’re referring to the large twig one, it was purchased from Luckett’s (spring vintage market) in Virginia several years ago. I hope you can find one!
Love this, I’d love to find the time to create something like this
When I first saw the picture until i read the directions, I thought that after you had put it all together that u then painted the entire thing white. But it’s totally awesome as is but painting it to match could be an option I think, painting and then antiquing.
I LOVE the painted idea Erica! I hope you share it if you try one!
Hi Donna, I love your project and wanted to share it with our followers as part of my favorite reclaimed wood projects. You can see the post here: http://www.craftcuts.com/community/home-decor/7-reclaimed-wood-projects/ Thanks for the awesome how-to!
Wow.. Good idea.. Well said erica.. it will look awesome with painting
Love your site! You have given me so many ideas and now I would like to actually make something. Thank you for sharing the diy on your love rope sign. I am going to make it for my niece and her fiancé’. Could you tell me what the dimensions are for the sign you made? I did get some old barn wood but I am wondering if it may be too thick- about 1 and 1/2 inch. What do you think?
Thank you so much!
Hi Corlyn, sorry, I’m not home at the moment to check. But honestly, any board will do! I generally create with just whatever I find. 🙂 I think thicker wood would make a super nice statement, although it may be a little trickier to mount on a wall. Just use longer screws.
I was wondering if you top it off by adding poly or something to hold the rope in place after gluing?
I personally didn’t do anything more than glue the rope on, Stephanie. I guess the rope was tight enough to just hold. Worked great!
Hello! I was wondering… could you do this on a much smaller sign with thick burlap string? It would be like a small version. Just wondering what you think 🙂
Hey Sarah, I can’t see why this wouldn’t work! I think you should try it!
How did you attach the three boards together? Or is just by the end boards?
Hi Pam! Yes, the entire sign was held together by the two side planks. I’ll change out my post to better reflect that! Thanks!
love your website and all the great crafts you have on here!…I was wondering if you had a tutorial or any such thing on how you made your headboard for your bed. I absolutely LOVE it!
Hi Amber, thanks for the kudos! The headboard shown in this picture is actually an authentic horse gate I didn’t have to make. Sometimes I do get lucky it seems! haha
Super cute! Oh the possibilities! I love, love, love your junk heart with the wheel on it. My fav 🙂
Hmmm… i think I’d paint that rustic ‘Love’ sign with a white background so the rope stands out better. Having said that, what a unique way to use a rope on a sign. Was looking for something similar. Hard to find signs with rope words.
Love that idea Will! I hope you give your vision a go!