Today I’m sharing DIY Valentine decor made from a thrift store find and a child’s watercolor paint set. It’s a simple watercolor heart artwork that will add a pop of color to your Valentine’s Day home decor.
Don’t you just love trash to treasure projects?
I know I do!
It’s so much fun to take a $3.00 thrift store find and change it into a piece of home decor that makes you proud. And that is exactly what I’m sharing with you today.
I took an outdated wooden plaque, stripped it down, and added a sweet watercolor heart. It makes a great DIY Valentine Gift.
I’m also joining forces with some of my favorite bloggers for a Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. We are sharing tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get your creative wheels spinning.
Here’s the rules we have to follow for the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge:
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Now let me tell you about my thrift store find.
The DIY Valentine decor started as a wooden plaque all about mothers. It was covered in pink flowers and a sweet Mother’s Day poem.
Now I love my mama just like everyone else but this just wasn’t my style.
However, it fit perfectly in between the shelves on the corner of our kitchen cabinets. I knew I could do something with it!
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DIY Valentine Decor ~ Watercolor Heart Artwork
small wooden plaque (buy one here)
Goo Gone Adhesive Remover Spray (buy it here)
watercolor paper (buy it here)
child’s watercolor set (buy it here)
spray adhesive (buy it here)
How to Make Watercolor Heart Artwork
Step One: Strip It Down
I have to admit it took quite a bit of time and muscle to get that Mother’s Day poem off the wooden plaque.
Goo Gone Adhesive Remover Spray got the process started but simply wetting the paper and scraping it made the most difference.
Step Two: Find Inspiration
One of my favorite Christmas presents were these Ceramic Decorated Measuring Bowls from The Pioneer Woman. Their colorful cuteness and small size make them perfect for our kitchen cabinet corner shelf.
I grabbed our daughter’s new watercolor set and started playing with the colors.
Step Three: Sketch the Design and Start Painting
The design for the DIY Valentine decor was a simple heart with the word you written beside it.
Colors are my thing but this a tad too bright. It didn’t quite match the more muted colors of the measuring cups.
The second try was just right!
Step Four: Attach the Watercolor Heart Painting to the Plaque
Use spray adhesive to attach the artwork to the wooden plaque.
I love this little piece of DIY Valentine decor hanging above my favorite measuring cups! It fits perfectly between the small kitchen shelves and adds just the right amount of color.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little thrifty upcycle project. If you love it, please pin it to your favorite Pinterest board!
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!
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