Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Memo Board Tutorial

Feb, 14, 2015

Valentine's Day DIY memo board with gift cards, scratch offs and lottery tickets

My daughter Chloe isn’t really a chocolate/candy kind of teen so every year when Valentine’s Day comes around I try to think of something creative to do for her. Like every other teen. she asks for gifts cards (and scratch off lottery tickets) but putting them in a card just wasn’t good enough for me so I made her a chic memo board. 

Getting Crafty

Lately, I have been seeing a trend in macrame, crocheting, and string arts from the 60’s and 70’s popping up, so here’s my updated version of a string art.  I thought it would be a creative way to give her a Valentine’s gifts and still have something that she could use for a long time after. She loves Tiffany Blue so I steered away from the tradition reds and pinks and give her her favorite color. I started with a 12 by 16 inch pine board that I purchased from Michael’s Arts and Crafts. I was in a pinch and didn’t have any extra lumber hanging around the house so I opted for a finished piece of wood. If you want to use reclaimed wood or any boards that you have that are relatively larger that 12 inches wide go right ahead.  I purchased black and white Baker’s twine from the dollar bins, picture hanging hooks and 100 pack of large silver headed push pins. Regular nails would do too.  I found a small container of turquoise paint on the Oops shelf at Home Depot. I also bought from the hardware store metal mailbox letters spelling out Chloe’s name. If you can’t find the metal letters you could always stencil on a name or use stickers/decals or omit the name all together depending on the look you want.

Supplies for this DIY memo board heart were purchased at Michael'san way way to trace a heart is to fold a paper in half to make a template

I painted the board and cut out a heart the old fashioned way by folding and cutting paper in half. Then I was assured to have an even heart. I traced the heart and then painted the inside of the penciled heart a shade lighter turquoise.  I simply added a bit of white paint to tint it (Optional). I then hammered the nail heads around the edge of the heart making sure they were secure but not fully hammered all the way into the board. I spaced them out roughly 1/3 to 1/2 inch apart starting with the bottom of the heart and working my way around.

 showing how to wrap your colored string using a random pattern making sure you hit every push pin

using a ruler make sure that your name letters are centered on your memo board

I then took the baker’s twine and made a knot leaving some extra string hanging and knoted the pushpin at the base of the heart. I cris-crossed along the entire heart randomly making sure that I hit every pushpin at least once and ended up at the same pushpin that I started with. I tied a knot. The memo board was coming together!

DIY valentines day memo board using push pins, twine and metal letters

I used a ruler to maker sure my metal letters were spaced out even and hammered them in with tiny brads. I added her gift cards to Alex and Ani, Starbucks, and Marshalls along with her scatch-offs and her DIY memo board was done. I loved it!

Total time for project was 1 hour and 15 minutes and cost around $22. Now Chloe can place her friends photos, gift cards and mementos in her heart memo holder for years to come. I might need to make one for myself….. 

Happy Crafting! Amie

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Amie Freling

"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.


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