Make a shabby chic heart and learn my secret to making paint crackle!

I have mentioned more than once (like here and here) that I love all things vintage and shabby chic.  While I love to shop thrift stores and hunt flea markets for cool finds, it’s also fun to create home decor that looks aged.  Keep reading to learn how easy it is to create this shabby chic heart decor.

Make a shabby chic heart and learn my secret to making paint crackle! This pretty piece of decor is a fun way to make your own distressed decor.

Supplies Used to make this Shabby Chic Heart Decor:

  • Unfinished Pallet Style Wood Heart
  • Paint: white, black, pink and lilac
  • School glue
  • Decorative Scrapbook Paper
  • Wood cutouts: “love” word and small bird

Step one: Paint the heart white as a base color. I used a craft  paint from Waverly by Plaid Crafts.  Let the paint dry.

Step two: Trim decorative scrapbook paper to fit two of the slats on the heart. Distress the edges of the paper. I used a Tim Holtz distressing tool to fray and rough up the edges of the paper.

Step three: Brush school glue over the white paint on the heart. You can also use a crackle medium if you prefer.

Step four: Press the paper onto the slats. It’s ok if some of the edges curl up with the moisture from the glue.  This will add to the shabby chic appearance of this heart.

Step five: Brush the pink and lilac paints over the WET glue. This will dilute the paint and resist the paint in some places, again to create that shabby vibe. Let the paint dry completely.

Step six: Paint the wood cutouts and let them dry.  I painted the word “love” with black paint the the small wood bird with the same white paint that I used as the base color for the heart.

Step seven: Glue the cutouts onto the heart using wood glue.

The wood heart came with a twine string to hang it up, so I tied the twine back on so I can hang my heart. They would make a pretty piece of decor by itself, or it would make a great addition to a photo gallery wall. You could also use it as a photo prop for wedding or engagement photos! Have fun crafting and creating shabby chic decor.

Make a shabby chic heart and learn my secret to making paint crackle! This pretty piece of decor is a fun way to make your own distressed decor.

I originally published this project at HomeDIT, where I am a contributor.

Make a shabby chic heart and learn my secret to making paint crackle! This pretty piece of decor is a fun way to make your own distressed decor.

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