Apart from the usual candy and flowers, we don't have much going on in the way of Valentine's Day decorations. Most store-bought decorations I've seen are either really cheesy or too "red" for my taste. So, I thought it would be fun to make my own that would match our decor and become a part of our holiday decorating tradition for years to come.
What you'll need:
- 1 small piece of wood
- Wood letters (specifically "L," "O," "V," and "E")
- Spray paint
- Magnets with adhesive
I planned to use a plain piece of plywood but actually found a really cute heart-shaped "sign" at the craft store that seemed perfect for this project. It wasn't too large and was rustic enough to match the other elements that we have going on in the house. I also picked up some wooden letters to spell out "LOVE." Most craft stores will have letters in a variety of different styles and materials. I chose letters made of unfinished pine (for $.39 cents each!) so I could spray paint them -- but really any letters should work for this project.
I went outside and spray painted the letters a glossy gold color. Since the wood was unfinished, it soaked up the paint really quickly and evenly and only needed one coat. I let them dry outside for about an hour so that I wouldn't bring the fumes into the house.
Once dry, it was time to assemble the sign. You can totally choose to glue the letters to the wood, but I decided to go an extra step and make them magnetic so our son could help to "put the sign together" each year once he's old enough. (Full disclosure: I also bought the letters "J," "A," "K," and "E" so the sign could double for decor in his room!)
First, I placed the letters on the sign exactly where I wanted them so that the spacing was even and I was happy with how it looked. Next, I applied the magnetic strips to the back of each letter, one at a time. I chose to use magnetic strips because you can easily cut them to any shape and size you like, plus they already have adhesive backing on them (so no need to mess with glue). I cut and then pressed the adhesive side down on the back side of each letter. Then, I cut the same size strips to be placed on the sign itself.
Once the strips were cut, I applied them to the sign and pressed firmly until they were all in place. And that was it! I love how the gold letters really pop on the wood and how the sign can be hung nearly anywhere in our house.
Happy Valentine's Day!