Valentines day heart project

Hello friends. If you are here from the Spring craft blog hop welcome, I hope you enjoy, stick around and peruse some more of this here blog. I have some fun things going on! If you have no clue what I am talking about with the blog hop head on over after reading this awesome tutorial packed with love and link up your project. I was asked to take place in a blog hop with 19 bloggers and decided to create this simple and easy Valentines day decor. The holiday is all about love. I am feeling nature right now with my home so I put the two together.

I took a scarp piece of wood. I will not even begin to tell you which project this is from. We have a lot of leftover wood. This is one of them. I cut it into my desired size.

 

Then broke out my left over stains. One the left is a walnut finish on the right is a beach washed gray. These are the rocks I will be using. I thought the walnut was a little too dark for the rocks. I wanted some variation between the two.

 

This is after it is stained. I know, not much to show for it. I was looking for a subtle and rustic appeal. I mean I am making a heart out of rocks, obviously it is not a polished look I am going for.
I got these smooth dark gray rocks from Michaels craft store in a bunch. I usually hate buying rocks, but I needed a lot of small ones. Also all of our rocks are covered in snow, so buying rocks it is.

 

I played around with size and location for the heart. Once I got that right I lined up the rocks in a heart shape outline.

 

Using my hot glue gun.

 

Pressing the rock down for a few seconds to make sure it is secure.

 

Here is the outlined heart. Time to fill it with love, or really just more rocks.

 

Did I mention Gavin has a obsession with rocks? I could not get this boy away from me during this project. Dale was in the garage working on another project, which usually Gavin is all over. But, I was doing something involving rocks, he was not moving. He kept sneaking small rocks into his pockets when he thought I was not looking. I let him get away with it because he is too cute, and I had a lot of rocks left over.

 

I then filled in the center. Spreading them all out and flattening them in to make sure there was as snug of a fit as possible. I then went rock by rock and hot gluing them down. It took a while. I got some finger cramps from it. I bleed for home decor people! Well, there was not real blood. I really just had a lot of those pesky strings that are forever coming from the hot glue gun and attaching to everything.
It did not seem done to me yet. So I broke out one of my kids red markers, wrote the word love. Confession time, I eyeballed the Love word, and got it slightly off centered from the heart. I panicked for .2 seconds and then improvised by adding a smaller heart in the right corner of the word. It looks so cute, it can be passed off as intentional. That is my story and I am sticking to it. All of my projects are well thought out masterpieces of perfection. And never a fail that I fix. You guys believe me, right?

 

With my always planned second heart addition (wink, wink) it is done.

 

I heart this project, yes I have been trying to figure out a place to say that. I mean it is a Valentines project, with the word love and two hearts in it. I had to do it.

 

I whipped up a quick little tablescape by shopping my Valentines decor and some wonderful glitter mason jars I created for FancyShanty.com. It was a fun afternoon of me creating as much pink and sparkle that has ever been in my home. I love my little rustic heart piece. It is simple and sweet. Just like love is (wink, wink). I hope you guys liked this, did it get you excited for Valentines day? It made me realize I have a husband that I need to start preparing some kind of gift for. Time to become super wife and make it happen. I hope you head on over to the Spring craft blog hop and see a ton more inspiration. Probably with more talent and less corny jokes then you get with this one. Enjoy!
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22 Comment

  1. What a cute project. I love your little helper too. My youngest son would do the same thing and I would always find rocks in my washer ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Erlene, and thank you for including me in the blog hop! My son is obsessed with rocks. We get no where if there is any little rock on the ground. I too have found way too many rocks in the washer.

  2. LOVE this LOVE project!!

    1. Thank you Heather, it is all about love for this project. The best kind of project!

  3. So cute. When I first saw the photo on Google+, I thought those were coffee beans! Love the rocks and I chuckled at a few of your jokes!

    1. Using coffee beans would have been a good idea too! I never thought of that. I am glad my jokes were not too corny and made you laugh ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I LOVE this project! What a sweet little sentiment for Valentine's day.

    p.s. I have a 3 year old son who collects little rocks in his pockets too, especially from Grandma's gravel walkways!

    1. Thank you Renee, it must be a Grandma thing to have a rock and gravel walkway because my son goes crazy when he is visiting his Grandma for the same reason. She makes his day when she allows him to bring a few home with him.

  5. This came out so awesome! I thought it was coffee beans too :). I love how everything was presented together too. Great job, Emily!

    1. Thank you, coffee beans would have worked too. And then I would not have felt weird buying rocks.

  6. Aww, this is so cute! And you could totally leave it up all year round, too ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!

    1. Thank you! That is a good idea, it is subtle enough to have up all year. It does not scream Valentines day.

  7. Emily this is beyond cute. I know what my kids will be doing. I would love it if you would share this creative post at our WIW Linky party. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you, I will head over and link up.

  8. So cute Emily – although I confess I thought they were coffee beans at first lol Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

    1. I guess they do look like coffee beans. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. How creative using the rocks! Super cute!

    1. Thank you Amanda, I wanted to add some natural elements to this.

  10. So cute and simple, and your little helper is adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday Link Party!

    1. Thank you!

  11. That really is a beautiful piece! Thanks so much for linking up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week!

    1. Thank you so much! It was a great link up with lots of inspiration.

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