Rustic Valentine Tree

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Valentine Tree Blog

The Rustic Pallet Collection’s Rustic Tree is not just for Christmas! You can create Trees to celebrate many occasions – Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Birthdays and Special Occasions!  I’m sure you can think of a few more.

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This time I added the Rustic Wood Ledge and 5″ and 1 1/2″ letters to the mix.

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Begin by basecoating the Tree, Ledge and Letters with DecoArt® Americana® Cranberry Wine and Terra Coral.  Alternate the colors so you have nice contrast for the wood pieces.

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I added Graphic 45 paper (Botanical Tea) to the front of the 5” letters – it’s simple, just trace around each letter with a pencil, cut and adhere with Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue.  I used the same glue to adhere the 1 ½” letters to the squares and circles of burlap. I used Tombow® Power Tabs to adhere the burlap pieces to the Rustic Tree. If you use Power Tabs, you can change the burlap attachments or move them around when you wish. The Power Tabs hold extremely well, but can be removed when needed.

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The burlap flower at the top of the tree was purchased at Joann Stores – it’s a David Tutera flower that has a stem. I wrapped the stem around the very top of the Rustic Tree. Love the flower!

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The Rustic Tree was nailed to the inside of the Rustic Ledge.  Use Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the 5” wood letters to the front of the Ledge. Fill the Ledge with Valentine Kisses – they are in the stores now so go get some.

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I used small clips to attach the valentines to the Tree.

This is a great piece of home décor for Valentine’s Day – save it to use from year to year. Fill with vases and flowers, candy, cards or whatever else you might like!

Personalized Rustic Country

finished pieceWhile designing projects for our Rustic Pallet Program, I found the fabulous Graphic 45 French Country paper.

I’m such a big fan of Graphic 45 and love the unmatched beauty in the wonderfully designed papers – regardless of the program theme.

I also wanted a personalized project so I added one of our new 5” letters to the Rustic Pallet, 11.5” x 11”

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Using the 12 x 12 French Country paper pad, I chose the paper filled with Sunflowers for the background. I cut 4 strips 2 3/8” x 11 ½ to attach to each of the wood strips. This particular Rustic Pallet piece is really rustic/rough so I used Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the paper to the wood. After the paper was in place, I used a brayer to make sure it was really secure.

The Bon Appetit paper in the French Country Collection was cut to make small fruit tags attached to Canvas Corp burlap tags.

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The burlap adds more texture to the project, which I was looking for. I cut the paper 2” x 3” to fit the ready-made 2 3/8” x 3 1/2” burlap tag.  I adhered each of the fruit tags to the piece using Tombow’s Power Adhesive Tabs which worked great. I found a large rooster on the A La Carte paper in the Collection.

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I cut the rooster paper 3 7/8” x 5 7/8” to fit a piece of foam board cut 4” x 6”. I mounted the rooster paper on the foam board because I wanted different layers as well as textures. Again, I used the Power Tabs to adhere the foam board to the piece. If you have a Creative Versa-Tool or a HotKnife Tool from Walnut Hollow, it sure makes cutting the foam core board a lot easier. Just let the heat from the Tool slice through the foam board like butter!

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I painted the “H” on the top surface only with one coat of DecoArt® Americana® Cranberry Wine. Once it was dry, I sanded it back around the edges for a  worn look. Then I used the Power Tabs to adhere it to the top left of the Rustic Pallet piece.

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The last step is to attach thick rope to the back of the piece for hanging. I used 2 large screw eyes on each side of the top wood brace. After putting the rope through one side, tie a large knot,  then do the same on the other side, cutting the rope so the piece hangs as you want it to.

This mixed media project would make a nice addition to a group of items to display on a wall, or to hang alone.