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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

Junk Visionaries

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

Mosaic Heart Plaque | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

Mosaic Heart Plaque | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

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.

Broken vase for mosaic heart plaque | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

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!

Inspiration

Old board for mosaic heart plaque | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

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!

Heart Shape for mosaic heart plaque | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

I folded a piece of cardstock in half and drew half a heart to cut out.

Breaking vase for mosaic heart plaque | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

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!

Shards for mosaic heart plaque | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

Whew!  The countertop survived.  The shards from the vase!

Nippers for mosaic heart plaque | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

I tapped the pieces into smaller bits.  When I need to reshape a piece I used little nippers.

No grout mosaic heart plaque | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

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

mosaic heart plaque fp | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

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!

Mosaic Heart Plaque pn | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

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.

Finished Mosaic Heart Plaque | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

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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    Comments

    1. Naomi S. says

      How inspired! I love the pieces of the vase –the white color and the sweet roses. I was thinking they would be really pretty as a frame or edging for a small mirror. I, too, save shards and broken vessels in hopes of someday using them for something arty. In this case, what a good way to make a positive out of a negative!

    2. Amy @ StowandTellU says

      This is absolutely precious from the rose texture on the vase to the way the shards pop against the rustic piece of piano innards, lol. I love how you take us along on the story of why and how you decided to make this. Gorgeous and I would leave this one up all year round!! Pinning and sharing!!

    3. Jill Flory says

      I love this! I have an old bowl in a lovely old green that was my grandmas. It got a shatter mark in the bottom which makes it unsafe to use for food. I just can’t throw it out because I keep thinking I can break it up and create something fun. You’ve got me itching to get going on it!

    4. Tammy says

      This is so cute Jeanette! Love this idea and great use of a cracked vase…love the roses on it and how it is so perfect for your project! pinning!

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