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Making Valentine’s Day Decor with Scrap Wood

Do you love to decorate for Valentines but don’t necessarily have the budget for it? This pretty painting project using scrap wood blocks is a great way to make a big impact with little cost.

Colorful wood blocks with gold letters that spell out "love". They're sitting on a mantel behind a green succulent plant.

LOVE-ly Scrap Wood Block Valentine’s Decor

I don’t like to think of myself as a hoarder but whenever I see those wood ends of lumber get thrown away from DIY projects I cringe a little. I felt vindicated for holding onto these wood blocks from our recent wooden DIY planter box when I saw how pretty this project turned out.

You can actually buy similar wood blocks at a local craft store or consider heading to a lumber or home-improvement shop and asking for their leftover ends. We used leftover 2×6 lumber but you could also use the ends of two by fours with smaller wood letters.

Colorful wood blocks with gold letters that spell out "love". They're sitting on a mantel behind a green succulent plant and candle.

Also to save cost so you could use any pink and red acrylic paints that you have at home. We used Decoart’s Extreme Sheen which gave the pieces a really nice hard, semi-shiny finish. In a weird way they actually remind me of candy!

For additional valentines decor ideas be sure to check out these fun DIY ideas:

Materials Needed to Make this Wood Block LOVE Sign:

Craft materials that include wooden blocks with letters l,o,v,e, paint brushes, stencils and paint

A Few Tips Before Starting:

  • Ensure that the wood blocks are sanded smooth prior to painting.
  • Let paint dry fully between layers for optimal coverage.
  • Protect your working surface with newspaper or other disposable material.
  • Wash your paint brushes between colors and coats to keep the paints colors from mixing together.

How to Make a Scrap Wood LOVE Sign:

Paint each of the wood letters with Champagne Gold. You may need 1-2 layers to get full coverage.

painting the letter L with gold paint.

Paint the front and sides of the tallest block (10”) with Ruby. Let dry then paint a second coat as needed.

Painting a wood block with red paint.

Paint the smallest block (6”) with Rose Quartz, second smallest (8”) with Sterling Silver, and second largest (9”) with Pink Tourmaline. Let dry completely.

Apply the Old French Script stencil to the Sterling Silver painted wood block using Pink Tourmaline. Let dry.

Painting over a french script stencil with pink paint onto a wooden  block.

Apply the Hearts stencil to the Ruby painted wood block using Sterling Silver. Let dry.

Painting over a heart stencil with silver paint onto a red painted wooden block.

Glue the letters onto the wood blocks to spell LOVE.

Gluing the gold painted letter O onto a pink painted wooden block.

Add a small white ribbon above the O.

Tying a white ribbon over the gold painted letter o. All letters are put together to spell out the word "love".

I LOVE how this inexpensive Valentine’s decor turned out! It did take a bit longer than I had anticipated to paint all the blocks, especially since they needed a couple of coats of paint each.

But the Extreme Sheen paint gives the pieces a really nice lustre – almost a candy coating!

The new decorations inspired my to even light some candles! See, I haven’t completely forgotten how to be romantic.

Colorful wood blocks with gold letters that spell out "love". They're sitting on a mantel behind a lit candle.

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LOVE-ly Scrap Wood Block Valentine’s Decor

Jane and Sonja
Learn to make your own Valentine's decor with these LOVE-ly Scrap Wood Blocks.
5 from 1 vote

Materials
  

  • 4 wooden blocks 2×6 cut to 10”9”, 8” and 6” high
  • wood letters in different sizes/styles to spell LOVE
  • Decoart Extreme Sheen paint in Champagne Gold,Pink Tourmaline, Rose Quartz, Ruby and Sterling Silver
  • Paint brushes
  • Hot glue gun and clear craft glue
  • Small white ribbon

Instructions
 

  • Paint each of the wood letters with Champagne Gold. You may need 1-2 layers to get full coverage.
  • Paint the front and sides of the tallest block (10”) with Ruby.
  • Paint the smallest block (6”) with Rose Quartz, second smallest (8”) with Sterling Silver, and second largest (9”) with Pink Tourmaline. Let dry completely.
  • Apply the Old French Script stencil to the Sterling Silver painted wood block using Pink Tourmaline. Let dry.
  • Apply the Hearts stencil to the Ruby painted wood block using Sterling Silver. Let dry.
  • Glue the letters onto the wood blocks to spell LOVE.
  • Add a small white ribbon above the O.
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