So, today’s fun filled project brought to you in part by….scrap boards.
I tend to collect scrap boards from projects that I have completed in the past. The board that created these cute little darlings are from who knows where. What I do know is that it has been taking up room in the workshop long enough. It was time to create something.
With Valentine’s Day coming ahead, I decided to make some little heart shelf sitters. Inspired by those yummy candies that almost all of us have enjoyed at one time or another, these turned out to be some really cute primitive projects that will now go on display and hopefully taken home by someone who enjoys handmade stuff.
I had enough wood to make 17 of these. I found a silhouette of a heart online, put it in my “Make the Cut” program and cut out the stencil. Along with this step, I made the stencils of some of the sayings that are marked on the hearts. I then traced the hearts onto the board where I then cut each one out using my scroll saw (my most favorite toy in the workshop). It took me about an hour and a half to cut them out. They were really cute as a a wooden heart but they were going to look even more adorable when I finished them with paint and stain.
I then sanded the rougher parts of the hearts.
As with all of my projects, I base coated the hearts black. Base coating everything is my signature I suppose. When I began making signs, I did not base coat them and they didn’t get that old look I was trying to achieve. Base coating them really set the look for my signs so I decided to base coat everything black.
After they dried, I picked some colors I had in my paint stash. I tried to go with the original colors that were used on the Sweethearts. I then painted an even amount of color on the hearts, The green color, I had to go back and paint a second layer because the color was not as bold as I wanted. Much of the black was seen through the green. I allowed them to dry.
Next, is putting the stencils on the hearts. I chose to do the stencils in red, purple, and blue. This parts takes time because I only make one stencil for each saying. I let the stencil dry out before I stencil another color on the hearts. I could simply wipe the stencil off, but it gives me a break from leaning over for so long. Some of the hearts that had been stenciled red, have to be stenciled again because one coat seemed too transparent. Overall, I was happy at the as they were turning out.
After that step is dry, I sand. I only sand around the corners. I want some of the black to show up and I try to only let a little bit of the natural wood shine through on the corners. The wood sucks up the stain. This makes the project look a little more aged. I do sand some around the letters and try to avoid sanding the letters because projects I have done in the past look nasty when I sand off the letters. I want the black to come through the color of the heart around the letters.
Last part is staining. I have always used Minwax wood finish stains. For most of my projects, I use Walnut. This really gives my projects that old “primitive” look that many people like. These are ready for the shop. Now on to the next project!