Now that the Christmas decorations have been put away, our living room is looking pretty bare. I like the idea of changing up seasonal decor, but don’t want to spend a ton of money every time the calendar flips. When I cleaned the workshop last week, I unearthed a stack of 2×12 end cuts that got the wheels in my head turning. The chunky wood is perfect for creating giant conversation hearts for my Valentine’s Day decor!
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Materials for Giant Conversation Hearts
- Scrap piece of 2×12 wood (you could use 2×8 or 2×10 lumber as well)
- Jig saw or scroll saw
- Sample sizes of paint (I used Behr from Home Depot)
- Heart template
Instructions for Making Giant Conversation Hearts
This template by Sandy Toes and Popsicles is the perfect size and shape for these giant conversation hearts. I printed off my favorite sayings and cut them out. Three hearts fit on a 22 inch 2×12 board. You could use a board as narrow as a 2×8.
Trace around the outside of the hearts with a pencil. Keep the templates on hand, because you’ll need them for the lettering later on.
Cut the three hearts apart to make them easier to work with. I used my miter saw and moved the miter angle around until I found a spot where I wouldn’t cut through any of the hearts.
Now slowly cut out the hearts with your jig saw or scroll saw. I recently picked up a scroll saw to add to my ever growing collection of tools, and it was perfect for this. If you’re using a jig saw, you’ll need to clamp the wood to your workbench to keep it still while you cut around your traced outline.
You can see here that the edges came out a bit wavy. Sand the sides and top smooth, and round off the top edge corners. I used 150 grit sandpaper and a random orbit sander for this step.
Remove all the sawdust from the hearts, then break out the paint brush! As soon as the paint hit the wood, I could really start to see them as giant conversation hearts and not just heart-shaped blocks of wood.
For the lettering, place the paper templates on top of the painted hearts and trace around the outside of the letters with a ballpoint pen. Make sure to press hard enough to make an indentation in the wood, but not so hard that you rip through the paper and write on it!
Remove the paper and paint inside the lines with the dark pink color. The lettering on the actual candies isn’t exactly crystal clear, so it’s ok to make it a little messy! I’m a perfectionist, so I cleaned up the edges of the letters with a hard bristled artist brush. One coat of the dark pink paint allows a little of the base color to show through to give it that stamped letter look.
Now your giant conversation hearts look good enough to eat!
Want more conversation heart Valentine’s Day decor? Check out these options!
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