Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art


Today's project is a tabletop Valentine's art made from scrap wood and vinyl. It's super cute and fairly simple to make. It's the perfect project for a beginner wood worker.

Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art
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There are a few power tools involved in this project, but that just makes it fun!

By the way, did I tell you I got my own table saw and miter saw! I actually earned enough from my Etsy shop to buy both! And while I am using them to make items to sell, you can bet I will be making more things to share here on the blog too. 

I first got this idea over at Shanty2Chic.  I don't have time to read a lot of blogs, but every couple months I'll try to catch up on a few favorites. Shanty2Chic is definitely one of them. They love to build things and I love to drool over what they've made. And occasionally I make one of their projects. Or in this case, change it up a bit.

 Want to make your Valentine's art?



You will need:
5 1/2" X 5 1/2" board {I cut down a 1X12 that I had, but you could easily use a 1X6}
3 1/2" X 2 1/2" board {Cut from a 1X3 board}
saw {you could use a hand saw or a power saw}
Kreg jig
2 screws
vinyl / silhouette

Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art
To begin, cut your pieces to size. This project is easily changed to meet your needs. I wanted a square piece. Change it up to fit your style and ideas. You could also use a 2X6. Then it would stand on it's own without the small piece.

Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art

Next, I opted to stain my wood. I used Minwax Espresso. After letting the stain dry thoroughly, I sprayed on a couple coats of lacquer. It wasn't quite warm enough to be spraying lacquer, so I ended up with a few bumps. I just grabbed a piece of steel wool and rubbed it all over to smooth it out.

Oh, I forgot. Before staining, I drilled two holes in the small board with my Kreg jig.

Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art
Line up your small board at the base of your larger board. Draw a line with a pencil.

Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art

Now move the small board up using the line as a guide to keep it straight. Screw the screws in the pre-drilled holes.

Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art
Look at that! It makes the perfect little stand.

Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art

Now let's dress up the front...

Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art
Using my silhouette, I created this.

I found a heart I liked that I already had. I just had to ungroup it. I started by sizing my page and then using the grid. There's a function in that says snap to grid. That's what I used to get all the hearts to line up perfectly. Then I wrote the word "love" with the font A Gentle Touch. It's a free font, just click the link.
Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art

Use some transfer paper to adhere your vinyl art to your wood.

Wood and Vinyl Valentine's Art

 And there you have it!

I'm really loving the simplicity of it. I'm sure you'll be seeing more of these for the different holidays.





 Linking up at Lady Behind the CurtainTidy MomAll Things With Purpose, Clean & Scentsible, and at these parties

8 comments :

  1. I love how you added a little stand to the back of this!! I am going to be digging through the garage today to find some scrap wood, because I definitely want to make this! So cute!!

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  2. Your sign turned out so cute and simple...I love it! Thank you for sharing! ~Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

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  3. That is adorable, I love the little stand!

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  4. I love this, and how brilliant to make it stand on it's own! Add this to your rolls and you've got me hooked! Thanks so much for linking up to our round up! Have a great week.
    ~Jenn
    housewivesofriverton.com

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  5. I really love this! Yet another reason why I want a Silhouette one day... and a table saw would be nice too :)

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  6. Beautiful! The pink is so bright against the dark wood. You've been featured at Gingerly Made today!

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  7. I absolutely love this! I like the contrast between the wood color and the pink.

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  8. I love this fun project. It would be great for any time of year. I will be featuring this post on the Best of the Weekend party going live Friday night. Thanks for linking up!! Nichi

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