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