I am loving all the DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts! This one is super easy and fun! Also included are instructions for my Large Messy Scrap Bow! Check it out!
First things first
First, gather our supplies.
All of my supplies, except for the fabric for my Messy Scraps Bow came from Walmart. Overall I think this project cost less than $6!
- Pallet Plank: I bought mine from Walmart. I tried finding the link to the whitewashed one I used but I can not find it. This one could be dried brushed to give it a white wash technique. Check out my video below to see how I added more white to brighten up the sign.
- Wood letters: I used XOXO
- Fat Quarters: I used my 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby to purchase a pack of fat bundles with Valentine designs. I also found different patterns of fat quarters I liked at Walmart.
- Jute Rope
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Chippy Paint brush
- Paper Plate
- Your choice of Apple Barrel paint colors or any paints you have on hand. I used Bright Red, Candy Pink, and Pale Daffodil.
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Putting together this sign is such a simple craft and we can dress it up and tweak it to make it more personalized!
How I got the look for my first DIY xoxo Valentine’s Day sign
I purchased to whitewashed pallet board signs from Walmart. For my first sign I just removed the tags and the sign aside and worked on the letters.
For the letters, I decided to use the dry brush technique and I chose to use Apple Barrels Bright Red and Pale Daffodil.
I used maybe 1 to 2 teaspoon of each paint and squirted this onto the paper plate.
To get the dried brush technique I used an old chip/chippy brush and loaded it with one color.
I then off loaded the paint a little on a clean area of the paper plate and my brush is ready to be used!
I then lightly swiped across the wooden letter in a haphazard manner. Once I got the look I liked I moved onto a another letter.
Once all the letters had their first color on, I went ahead and loaded my brush with my second color and repeated the previous steps!
I didn’t even both rinsing my brush off before hand since I am using very little paint.
Using this little paint, these letters dry very quickly!
Before assembling the sign, I moved on to making my Messy Scraps Bow for this sign.
HOW I GOT THE LOOK FOR MY second DIY XOXO VALENTINE’S DAY SIGN
For this look I decided to add a little more white to the whitewashed plank sign.
I used a clean chip/chippy brush and a little white acrylic paint I had on hand.
I loaded the brush and swiped it horizontally across the sign until I got the look I wanted.
For my letters I went with Apple Barrels Bright Red and Candy Pink. I followed the same technique as I did for the first sign.
Two different signs, same technique and two slightly different looks!
As before, while the paint was drying I moved onto making my Large Messy Scraps Bow.
How to make my Large messy scraps bow!
I think this is my most favorite part!
Here I used a combination of fabric that I had ripped in approximately 1/2″ to 1″ strips, ribbons and jute rope.
For these bows, I also have some fabrics cut in strips with my Rotary Fabric Cutter. With these strips I have very little fraying.
I found fat quarters at both Hobby Lobby and Walmart in patterns and colors that I liked.
I used red and pink fabric in addition to Christmas Ribbon I purchased on clearance that was a combination of burlap with buffalo plaid.
If you have fabric or ribbon on hand, consider using this for your bow.
Assembling my messy bow
I assembled all the fabric, ribbons and jute rope and cut them into approximately 12 inches in length for a small Messy Scraps Bow.
The fuller these bows are the cuter they look!
I stacked the materials on top of each other.
For these larger bows, I use my non-dominant hand to wrap the fabric around my hand.
Both ends will overlap each other, the goal it to have this fabric folded in thirds.
To get a better idea on how I do this, make sure to check out my video below!
We are going to use this jute rope to tie the bow, so use whatever length you can work with. You can always trim this and include this into the bow.
Place the jute rope perpendicular over your messy pile of fabric.
Carefully flip this bundle over and then tie everything off tight with the jute rope. I usually tie it again to keep this secure.
Trim your jute rope and fluff your new Messy Bow!
You can embellish your bow if you chose with a button or a smaller heart.
Click here to see more information on how to assemble my Messy Bows in small and larger sizes!
ASSEMBLING OUR DIY VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFT
Get out the glue gun!
Before I started gluing it’s best to place your letters on the sign and position them where you want them.
Later as I was looking them over, I wished I had staggered the letters a little. Make the sign a little quirky, whimsy.
Maybe next time!
Also consider placement of the Messy Bow and make sure you have room!
Once you figure out your placement, start gluing.
Be careful of your fingers when gluing the bow on to the the sign.
With these plank board they come with jute rope to hang, you can even tie the bow onto the jute rope if you decide you do not want to glue it on the sign.
Just a suggestion!
click below to see my diy video
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