Mosaic Heart Plaque is my project for this month’s the junk visionaries theme, “Valentines.” At the beginning of each month, a group of DIY bloggers creates a themed project using junk!
My first thought was a valentine made from scrap papers and junk mail.
I might have done that in second grade. 😕
So I’ve been looking around the house for a week for junk…with heart.
Mosaic Heart Plaque
Last week I stopped by our local ReStore looking for a cabinet. I need something to hold jewelry because it’s a tangled mess.
My Thrifty Finds
I didn’t find the cabinet I had in mind, but I did find a couple of other things. This beautiful vase for $2, a garden trowel for Mike’s potting bench and a spindly chair that’s perfect for taking apart!
It totally wobbles!
The sweet volunteer started to wrap the vase. I said, “don’t worry about wrapping it, I don’t have far to go.” “It will be fine.”
So I placed the garden trowel handle in the vase and carefully set them in the back of the car along with the chair.
So, maybe putting the trowel inside the vase in the back of the car wasn’t a good idea! 😕
I started to toss it…
Then inspiration hit!
I grabbed a piece of wood from the old organ I
destroyed repurposed into a mantel, lamp, chalkboard and garden bench. This board was from the inside of the organ and had a splattering of stain from when the organ was made in the 1930s.
I have plenty of unsanded grout for making chalk paint. It’s about time I use it for grout!
I folded a piece of cardstock in half and drew half a heart to cut out.
Next, I grabbed the now piece of junk vase and
destroyed repurposed it starting with a hammer.
For safety, I wrapped the vase in an old cloth and started banging away…on our marble countertops!
Whew! The countertop survived. The shards from the vase!
I tapped the pieces into smaller bits. When I need to reshape a piece I used little nippers.
As I was laying out the shards I noticed the wood underneath. I love the old wood peeking through the creamy broken pieces. <3
So forget the grout!
My broken heart
After all the heart will just sit there. I won’t be eating or using the heart on a table. I grabbed the hot glue gun and started forming the heart.
Done and no grout!
Notice the shadow on the top of this photo?? I didn’t until adding it to the post. The shadow is the little bird on top of the birdcage on the right.
I have plenty of vase shards leftover for another project…
& all that grout!!
Now join me and let’s visit the other junk Valentine projects from this inspiring group.
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