Every time that I paint a dresser and take off the old hardware, I end up keeping it. Do I know what I will ever use it for? Nope. But, today I thought of a little project that it was perfect for! I had made one of these “love” signs a few years back using old bolts and rusty parts from my dad’s barn. I searched high and low for a photo of it and I couldn’t find one. I loved it and that inspired me to make more! Everything that I used for this project, I found at home. FREE makes a project all the more fun!
I dug through all of my old tarnished hardware to find the perfect pieces to spell out the word, “LOVE”.
I can tell you that super glue does not work for this…I may or may not have tried that before coming up with this brilliant idea, using fishing line. Does that mean that I’m brilliant? I’m sure that I’m just late to the party of knowing that fishing line would work for this. I can’t take the invention credit for this, I’m sure. I used 30lb fishing line, but I’m sure a smaller pound would work too.
I placed the hardware on the piece of wood that I chose and drilled tiny holes in the places where I needed the letter to stay connected to the board. I had this old chippy door that I picked up at an antique mall for $5. It was just the right size for what I needed! I drilled two holes close together with the smallest drill bit that I had and tried to get the hole placement to be under where the hardware was going to sit.
I used the very high tech process of just point, aim, and drill…kind of like the process of me pounding a nail into the wall without measuring. It worked.
I cut a piece of fishing line for every two holes, placed it around the hardware in the front, threaded it through both holes, and tied it to the back of the sign. I tied it tight, using about three knots, and then trimmed the fishing line.
And, it’s done! This was a super fast project and helped me to use some of my old hardware that I had sitting around. I love the finished product!
I will probably just sit it on a shelf somewhere. I don’t really decorate for Valentine’s Day, but when it’s something simple like this, I do.
I decided to use some of the driftwood that we found at the beach to make something similar. I had this old, weathered piece of wood sitting around in my garage. It worked perfect for this project. And, since both of the items were wood, and the letters were fairly lightweight, I just used wood glue to adhere the driftwood.
I love using natural elements for projects! It’s free and so pretty!
Do you have something lying around that you can use to make some free home decor? I hope this inspires you to try a project of your own!