Are you looking for the easiest Valentines day DIY project ever? That’s what I was doing. Valentine’s day is fast approaching and I needed to share a project with you, my friends! I wanted to do something that you all could do, and I think I found the perfect project that anyone can do, regardless of their skill set, tools or supplies.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have free junk
Last September I collected this free lath wood from a “flip house” across town. It was hot, and there were mosquitos and dust everywhere. There was a lot more where this came from, but since I didn’t have any idea of what I was going to do with it, I left a lot behind.
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Valentine's Day DIY with Reclaimed Wood
I cut my lath boards on my compound miter saw. If you don’t have junk just laying around like I do, you could purchase some shims, or even use some paint sticks for this project.
Cut a stencil
I used my Silhouette Portrait to make a contact paper stencil. What? You don’t have a electronic cutting machine? no problem! Just cut a heart shape out of some newspaper or cereal box. We all learned how to cut a heart shape in grade school, right? Just fold your paper and cut that shape!
I was sort of jumping all over the place with this Valentine's Day DIY project, so the step by step photos may seem to be a bit out of order. Hey! it’s the way I roll….
Initially, I was going to make a square sign, 12x12.
How to use a contact paper stencil
But after laying out my stencil, I realized that a rectangle would be a better option for this easy Valentine's Day DIY project.
I got ahead of myself. Ooops! I started pouncing the paint on and realized I needed to put my LOVE stencil in place. See, I told you I was all over the place with this project.
I removed the heart stencil, and if you look closely, you can see the LOVE stencil in place.
voila! I removed the LOVE.
Then I was trying to figure out if I wanted the cross boards to be on the white side of the small Valentine sign, or the rustic side.
I laid the contact paper stencil on the back side of my boards and stenciled it as well.
After removing the stencil, I decided that the LOVE might look better in the middle of the heart.
Using the negative contact paper cutout
I used the negative portion of the contact paper stencil to paint the LOVE in the middle of the heart.
Easy Valentines Day DIY decor
This was the perfect easy Valentine décor to use some of these old lath boards, don’t you think?
I’m having a hard time deciding which side I love best! Here is the rustic side on my mantel with the DIY scrap pile candlesticks I made from random bed parts.
So, as a recap, here’s a supply list for you.
- scrap lath boards (you can use shims or paint sticks)
- heart stencil
- glue (Gorilla wood glue or hot glue)
- red paint
- LOVE sticker or a paint pen
If you don’t have access to a saw, the paint sticks would be the best option. Valentines day is right around the corner, but you still have time to do this project!
How about a sweet pallet board Valentine decor? I love this one from DIY Beautify
Here are a couple other quick Valentine’s day décor ideas.
Do you decorate for those smaller holidays like Valentine’s day?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.