Scrap Wood Valentine
• Power Drill
• Dremel Multi-Max, Rotary, or sandpaper
• Sheet of 1/4 Plywood
• Wood Glue
• Paint and Paint Brush
• Painters Caulk
• Twine or Ribbon
To begin this project, I rounded up a leftover piece of quarter inch plywood to glue my scraps onto.
If you don't have quarter inch plywood sitting around, here are some examples of what I have used in place of this. I never worry too much about the appearance of the bottom piece, as the painted scraps will cover it.
Next, the smaller scrap pieces get cut up into any size/shape desired. (the Dremel Moto-Saw works great for this.)
I used smaller sections of the thin plywood or some old garden stakes.
This is a good time to play around with paint and get a color scheme going. It's much easier to paint the scraps now, before they are glued down.
After the paint dries, I distress some edges just to give definition when they are pieced together.
Taking a piece of paper, a heart shape is cut out and used to trace onto the bottom sheet of wood.
(This serves as a placement guide when gluing down the top scrap pieces.)
After playing around with placement and pattern, glue is applied and heavy objects and/or clamps used to secure until glue dries.
(It is important to have good contact until the glue dries, so if I run out of heavy objects, I take a break and come back to it after glue sets and repeat gluing/clamping.)
When the glue is all dry, the paper heart cutout is used again to retrace onto the top scrap pieces.
Next the final heart is cut out on the Moto-Saw, by following the heart shaped trace line.
(Be sure to follow safety, setup, and operating instructions included with the Moto-Saw.)
After the heart is cut, edges can be evened out by using your favorite Dremel tool- the Multi-Max or any Dremel Rotary Tool.
Next, any gaps between the scraps can be filled with painter's caulk, and a wet rag used to wipe up any excess.
Finishing up, a hole is drilled for ribbon or twine.
And there you have it! Write a message on the back, and you've got yourself a big, scrap wood valentine.
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