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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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.


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.


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.


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!