Rustic Heart

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

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If you’re not ready for Valentine’s Day yet this year, here’s a very quick project that can be displayed year-round.


This project is very simple to create and will only take you a couple of hours to complete – including the drying time! To get started, you’ll need the Rustic Heart.

I used DecoArt® Americana® acrylic paint each slat a separate color – Royal Fuchsia, Bubblegum Pink, and Cinnamon Drop using a large flat brush. When the slats are dry, use a fan brush to dry brush Poodleshirt Pink here and there on each slat.

Once everything was thoroughly dry, I used an electric sander (or a course sanding block) to sand of the edges and in other areas on each Heart slat.

To give it a more vintage look, I mixed Americana® Staining and Antiquing Medium with Dark chocolate (1:1). I added a little water to thin it out and applied one coat to the entire Heart. Wipe the excess off with a soft cloth.

It’s ready to hang on a wall or sit on a tabletop – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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