I just recently finished my master bedroom accent wall so I had some scrap 1×2 pieces of wood laying around that I wanted to use. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up I decided to make a cute Valentine’s Day frame, and while I was at it I went ahead and made a spring one too!
It was easy and inexpensive so this is the perfect project for anybody!
Here’s what you’ll need:
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- Scrapbook paper. I bought the 12″x 12″ paper from Hobby Lobby.
- 1 x 2 wood of your choice. Mine was my leftover scrap wood.
- *A wooden or cardboard word to give the frame some added detail. This is optional, but I got my words at Hobby Lobby as well. The ‘love’ is from the scrapbook section and the ‘Hi’ is from the decor section (I think!:)
- Thin board of your choice. I used leftover scrap backer board. You could even use a flat piece of cardboard if you have it.
- Wood Glue
- Nail Gun
- Staple Gun
- Chop Saw
- Table Saw
- Stain. I used Briarsmoke and Weathered Oak.
- *Paint if you want to paint the words on your frame. I used black chalk paint for my ‘love’ word.
Okay, now that you have all of that, let’s get to making these cute signs already!
- You’re going to want to measure and mark your wood. If you’re using a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper like I did then your two short frame pieces will be 11-3/4″ and the two long pieces will be 14-1/4″. Using your chop saw, or whatever saw you prefer, cut those pieces down to size.
- Then cut down your backboard material to size. This is one area I made a mistake. I made mine the exact size of the paper, but I wish I would have made it 13″ x 13″ to give me more room to staple it to the frame. Yes, you can see a few of my staples through the paper if you look closely! Dang it, but at least you get to learn through my mistakes!
- Now that you have all your cuts made, you can start making your frame. I used my nail gun to put the pieces together, but if you’re more patient than me you can totally use wood glue!
- Now you can lightly sand down your frame if you think it needs it and then stain or paint it to your liking. My light frame is stained in Weathered Oak by Minwax and my dark frame is stained in Briarsmoke.
- While that’s drying paint your word if it needs it. I ended up leaving the ‘Hi” just how I bought it.
- Glue your scrapbook paper onto your backer board, or whatever cheap board you found. This is another area I made a mistake. I used wood glue, which is fine, but I wish I would have painted it on because you can see faint glue lines through the paper. Next time!
- Once your frame is all dry, turn it over, place your board and paper face down on top of that, and staple away. Try not to staple onto the paper like I did!
- Now that that part is all done, you can glue your wood on using your wood glue. Lay it on there beforehand to see where you like it and to see where you’ll actually need glue. Give that time to dry before you stand it up.
That’s it! You’re done! I’d love to see your finished products! Please tag me on Instagram so I can see what you’ve created! Come find me and follow along on my DIY journey @thedecormama.
Thank you so much for coming, and I hope you’ll come back real soon for my next DIY, which is actually in the making as we speak! In fact, I should have been working on that instead of this project, but I couldn’t pass up making some Valentine’s Day decor since it’s almost February!
The Decor Mama