Happy Groundhog Day everyone! It’s odd that we rely on a giant rodent for the impending forecast, but it is a cute tradition. Whether we have six more weeks of winter or not, at least we have Valentine’s Day coming up to warm our hearts. As a child I remember making Valentine’s mailboxes in class. They were so fun to make and everyone exchanged Valentine’s cards. So there’d always be a big haul of cards and candy to enjoy. I don’t get all the cards and candy I used too, which is good for my waist line. But I do get even more love from my family. So I wanted to create a message board to show off all the love in our home.
This repurposing project turns a baking tin into this lovely message board. Chalkboard paint lets you leave sweet little messages for that someone special. Not to mention that you can display all the thoughtful cards and valentines from the most important people in your life. With a little money and effort, you can create your own repurposed message board and spread the love this Valentine’s Day.
What you need for this adorable repurposed message board is:
- Baking or lollipop tin with heart shaped forms
- Chalkboard paint
- Foam brush
- Heavy duty glue
- Masking tape
The tin I used was found at my local thrift shop. It seems too shallow for baking; so I believe it is meant to make lollipops. The grooves that hold the sticks in place are perfect for holding the clothes pins. But we will get to that later.
Now it’s time to start painting the hearts.
Pour a little chalkboard paint into a heart. Using a foam brush, paint the inside of the heart. The foam brush helps you paint all around the edges of the heart, and it won’t leave bristle marks. Leave the tin to dry for about an hour or so. Then you can apply another coat of chalkboard paint.
I recommend at least two generous coats of chalkboard paint in hearts. You want to make sure that the inside of the hearts are thoroughly covered.
Next you need to attach clothespins to the tin for all those cute cards you will be receiving.
You need a heavy duty, epoxy like glue. It needs to work on both wood and metal.
Apply a generous amount of glue into the groove and on the back of a clothespin. Press the pin into the groove and hold for a minute or two. Rip off a piece of masking tape and tape the clothespin snuggly to the tin. This will keep it in place while it dries. Glue the rest of the pins in place and let it dry for at least a few hours.
There is where it’s nice to have the grooves for the lollipop sticks. If your tin doesn’t have grooves, you can glue the clothespins to the space in between the heart shapes. Or even on the backside of tin; whatever works the best for your new message board.
Once the glue is set and dry, peel off the masking tape. While your glue is drying you could add the ribbon. Just be careful not to take off any of the pins.
To finish off this repurpose DIY, you need to add some ribbon to hang your board.
The tin I picked up already had a hole on each side, which meant I didn’t have to drill them. Yay!
Insert one end of the ribbon into the hole in the tin and knot it a few times on the back side. Measure out enough ribbon for the message board to hang prettily. Trim off the excess and insert the end through the other hole and knot the end.
That’s it! You’ve made a simply adorable message board. It turned out so well I am going to leave it up after Valentine’s Day.
It’s great for reminding your sweetie about date night. Or just leave a message to let them know you are thinking about them. Unfortunately it is made out of tin and hence not magnetic. But I used a strong magnet and hung it on the side of my fridge. It works and looks wonderful there. 😀
If you are straining to read your valentines, it could be your lamp. Heartland America has this table lamp available right now. It not only produces a bright natural light, but also helps chase away the winter blues.
This table sun lamp from Solarex uses a special light therapy bulb to bring welcome relief from Seasonal Affective Disorder. The clear, full spectrum also helps relieve eye strain from reading in low light. No matter what Punxsutawney Phil predicts about the rest of winter, you can still enjoy a bit of sunlight indoors.
I hope your message board starts filling up with Valentine’s Day plans and cards. Next week we will continue the Valentine’s Day fun with a sweet recipe to share with your sweetheart. Until then remember you as always welcome at Home with Heartland.