Last fall, we were visiting a friend’s new house and I noticed that they had a beautiful LOVE sign above their bed. I knew I had to have one. After asking our friends where they purchased the sign, we found out that it had been purchased at a vintage home decor store in our area and they spent over $80 on the sign. We decided we would make our own.
What you need:
- 1×4 – cut into six 40.5 inch pieces
- Optional: Bar Clamp(s)
- Painters tape
- Chalk Paint
- Burlap – cut into strips
- Spray Adhesive
For the sign:
We purchased three 8-foot Aspen 1×4’s for this project. It is a higher quality wood and requires less sanding. Nate cut the boards into six 40.5-inch pieces for the base of our sign. This left us with a 15-inch piece at the end of each board. Two leftover pieces were cut in half – the long way – and used to secure our boards together.
- Align your six boards on a flat surface. If you have a bar clamp – use it to tightly secure the ends together. Lay out your leftover/skinny pieces where you would like to attach them. We made sure that ours were the distance apart that we needed to hang the sign in the studs above our fireplace.
- Drill Small holes through your skinny boards as a guide for the screws.
- Use Drill to place screws and secure the board together
- Use your favorite stain – or not, up to you – to complete your canvas.
- Once your canvas is complete and dry, lay out your blue painters tape to make the outline of the letters L,V,E. I used 8×11 pieces of paper and a ruler to guide spacing.
- Use chalk paint to fill in the letters. I like to use chalk paint on projects because the dry time is less. Also – it is easy to distress with sandpaper for a more rustic look.
- Let the paint dry for a couple of minutes – honestly only a couple – and peel the painters tape off at a very sharp angle. I learned this from Nate’s dad. By pulling the tape off at a very sharp angle – before the paint is dry – it creates a very sharp line.
Burlap Flower Heart:
This was honestly the hardest part. I initially started with a hot glue gun and switched to a spray adhesive to hold the flowers together.
- Pinch the corners of one of the short ends of the burlap strip and spray with adhesive. Once folded and secure, spray the entire burlap strip with adhesive and start twisting the strip around the original fold. *I twisted the burlap to make “petal” and then spun the strip around the center to complete the circle.
- Once the whole strip has been twisted, use the spray adhesive to secure the flower. *I used A LOT of adhesive – I did not want those flowers to unravel!
- Repeat with all of the strips and let dry.
- Arrange your completed flowers in a heart formation on your canvas. Make sure they are tight together!
- Secure each flower to the canvas with the spray adhesive or any other bonding agent. We used a hot glue gun with black glue and so it would dry almost instantly and I could take it home and get it hung up! *We do the majority of our projects at Nate’s parents house and I can never wait to get them home!
How you want to attach the sign to the wall is up to you. I originally had our sign resting of the ledge above our fireplace. When I decided to add photos to the mantel, Nate secured our sign with simple claw hooks.
This simple project really completes our mantel! What is your favorite DIY project in your home? Thanks for reading and have a Happy Wednesday – halfway to the weekend! 🙂