My kids just seem to be growing up too quickly. My 11 year old asked if I could take him to the store so he could by a valentine gift for someone special. As sweet as it may sound, I’m not ready for this! He is still my little baby! So I’ve been spending my extra time just smothering the baby with hugs and kisses, reading to and cuddling with my little girl and making cupcakes with my pre-teen (our Valentine tradition). Didn’t he do a great job? The pink icing was for Lily – how sweet!
I want them to look back on this time and know that I made time for them. As a trade off, I haven’t been online as much lately but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share a wall art Valentine-y project. It’s a wood sign that reads “You Have My Whole Heart for My Whole Life”.
A couple of weekends ago, I made this wood sign that has been sitting on my Pinterest board for over a year. It’s all sweet and sappy and suitable for the hallmark holiday. It was also a great excuse to break out my new Silhouette.
For this project, I used a 23 x 23 board that I bought off the shelf at Lowes (less than $10), Old White chalk paint I had on hand from another project but any white or antique paint would work, a stencil (this is where I used the Silhouette and contact paper to make my own stencil), black paint, an inexpensive foam stencil brush and a sanding block.
I used the Silhouette to create a vinylS like stencil. I used Stencil font at 288 point (I think). Next, I spread the letters across the board. I would recommend using something other than clear contact paper. At times it was hard to see where I was putting it and if the pieces lined up.
Once it’s dry, slowly remove the vinyl (contact paper) to reveal the letters.
I sanded the board slightly to give it an aged look, although it’s tough to see that in these photos. And voila!! When I compared it to my inspiration piece, I quickly noticed all the flaws but once I stopped and realized it was my take on it I loved it! It’s not perfect. Some letters are crooked and the spacing is inconsistent, but I love the message!
That wraps up this year’s minimalist valentine mantel. Looking for something more decorative, check out last year’s Valentine decor.