DIY a Rustic, Heart Memo Board pretty enough for year-round

This Rustic Heart Memo Board will add a vintage vibe to your Valentine’s Day décor. Kathleen George walks you through an amazing transformation with a faux rust finish made from nothing more than acrylic craft paint. If you’d rather use a faux finish kit, that will work, too, and you’ll find a few recommendations over on the Rustic Folk Art Angels. Whichever method you use, the results are beautiful, and you’ll want to display this Memo Board all year long.

DIY vintage, faux finish Memo Board in a heart shape

Rustic Heart Memo Board by Kathleen George.

To make a Rustic, Heart Memo Board, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Newspaper, paper bag, or other paper (for pattern)
  • Acrylic craft paint in red iron oxide, dark green, and antique gold
  • Painter’s canvas, primed or unprimed, 1/2 yd.
  • Gesso (if using unprimed canvas)
  • Pressure-sensitive copper foil tape
  • Ribbon, sheer gold metallic
  • Brass brads, four
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and bar of soap or old candle; straight pins; pencil; black marker; paintbrushes: medium flat and stiff round; natural sponge; work gloves or gardening gloves

To make a Rustic, Heart Memo Board:

1. Sketch a heart pattern on newspaper, an old paper bag, or other sheet of paper. Pin the pattern to the foam sheet, and trace around it with a sharp pencil. Remove the pattern and if needed, draw over the score line with a black marker.

2. Wax the knife with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut out the heart. Sand away crumbs and rough edges with a scrap piece of foam.

3. Place the pattern on the painter’s canvas, and trace around it. Cut out the heart and glue to the foam heart using thick, white craft glue.

4. Glue a 1” wide strip of canvas around the edges of the foam heart. If needed, pin canvas strip to the heart while the glue dries. Remove the pins after the glue dries.

5. If you’re using primed canvas, skip to Step 6. If you’re using unprimed canvas, follow the directions on the Gesso container and apply one or two coats of Gesso to the canvas. Let dry. If there are a few imperfections, that’s o.k. and they will add to the rustic appeal.

6. Create the “rusty” faux finish:

  • Paint the front and sides of the heart red iron oxide.
  • Using a slightly damp sponge, add patches of dark green.
  • Using the sponge, add patches of antique gold.
  • Rinse sponge well, and then use the sponge to soften the hard edges where the colors overlap.
  • Add more red iron oxide where the finish is uneven, and use the sponge to blend.
  • Continue to add paint until you like the finish. (Remember, this is a rustic finish and it doesn’t have to be perfect!)
  • Let dry.

7. Put on gloves. Press copper foil tape onto the heart, so that half of the tape is on the front, and fold the other half down onto the sides.

8. Add brads in a vertical row down the front of the heart.

9. Tie a 14” length of ribbon in a bow, with a big loop for a hanger. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the heart.

DIY vintage, faux finish Memo Board in a heart shape

Kathleen pins vintage photos on her memo board. How would you use your Rustic Heart Memo Board?

Have you had success with faux finishes? Do you have any tips and tricks you’d like to share?

Happy crafting!

P.S. We’re celebrating Penguin Awareness Day on Friday! You don’t want to miss it!



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13 Responses to DIY a Rustic, Heart Memo Board pretty enough for year-round

  1. CraftyB says:

    Agreed, the heart bulletin board can definitely stay up all year. Love the tacks, they look like studs on upholstery. Very nice project with a nod to Valentine’s Day!!

  2. Angie Dyer says:

    Wow! This finished product looks like it is wood – based. It is surprising how great this finish is just created with my regular acrylic craft paint. Great idea!

  3. Katiria says:

    Ah, yes. It’s that time of year again. I remember when I was first made aware of Penguin Awareness Day, LOL. I loved your ideas from last year and can’t wait to see what you have for us this time around. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Thanks! Who can resist a penguin, right? And especially the one I’m planning on sharing on Friday . . . I can’t wait for you to see him! Thanks for stopping in, and I’ll see you Friday! Sharon

  4. This is really cool! I love the faux finish used and am going to give it a try when I get a few minutes of me time! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      Yay! Let me know how it goes — I think this is really cool, too. Here’s to a little “me” time coming your way soon! Happy crafting! Sharon

  5. Anne Haun says:

    A perfect project for Valentines Day but you are right – it is perfect year round!

    • Sharon says:

      So glad you like it! Kathleen George is ingenious, and I’d never guess that she made this beautiful finish with regular acrylic craft paint! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

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