Friday, February 13, 2015

Rustic Heart Love

I couldn't let Valentine's Day come and go without completing at least one heart related project.  My lone heart project needed to be made with junk I already had stashed out in my garage, and it needed to be something I could easily complete in 1-2 hours.

rustic heart tutorial key to my heart
After digging through a few cabinets I found the perfect ingredients to complete this project.

how to create a rustic heart
I started with a beat up 8" x 8" x 2" block of wood and three strips of decorative vintage brass lamp banding.  I have no memory of where this junk came from, but it was time to do something with it. The banding can be found by an online search, or you could substitute the banding by painting embossed wallpaper.
I made a heart-shaped pattern, traced the pattern on the pieces of lamp banding with a Sharpie, then cut out the pieces with tin snips.

rustic heart with vintage lamp banding and skeleton key
The wood was dark and dirty looking, so I painted the front antique white before nailing down the banding.
Of course, every rustic heart needs a rustic key and rhinestone.

repurposed rustic heart
I wrapped a piece of vintage ribbon around the skeleton key, then tied it around the miscellaneous metal thing I attached to the top.

salvaged lamp banding rustic key to my heart
There you have it.  Simple and rustic.  Just the way I like it!

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