Large Wood Heart for My Front Door

Last week I looked at our undecorated entry way and thought to myself, “I need a heart.”

No, I’m not quoting from the Tin Man (Wizard of Oz)…lol 😉

I envisioned in my mind a simple big rustic wooden heart to go on my front door for Valentine’s Day.

Normally, when I get something in my head like this, the first thing I do is go searching online for it.  Invariably, every time I spend way too much time looking for ‘it’ and never find it.  So instead, I decided to make one!
2 Beginnings of Wood Heart

4. I painted and added a little of Annie Sloan’s Dark (Brown) wax to give dimension and have a subtle rustic look to it.

keys to add texture

To add to the rustic look I took keys and banged them on the painted heart.

I decided to sand the heart again after I got my frustrations out by throwing the keys over & over on the heart.  I wanted a little of the original light wood to show through around the edges.  I ran into a slight hiccup when I decided to sand over the top of the heart as well.  I explained and showed on the following videos {very amateur videos} what happened and how I was to remedy the problem without repainting it all over again:


Next part of making wood heart

Final Wood Heart on door

My Son says it’s “tacky.”  What do you think?

I heart Valentine’s Day,


  1. Ooo I like it!! I’m tempted to try something similar, although I’d probably stain it since I like the look of the wood! I don’t think it’s tacky at all!

    • Thank you so much Carrie for the feedback! It isn’t difficult at all if you have someone to help you cut the heart out of the wood. Stain would be pretty as well. Especially if your door has color already. Please let me know if you do one. I’d love to see it! 🙂

  2. I love it! I want one. maybe I can try to make it myself…hmmm…

  3. Cheryl Beaty says

    I think it looks great especially with the black decorative design in the background. I am glad you come up with your own ideas and trust in yourself to produce what you see in your head. Love you, Cheryl

    • What’s up with you signing Cheryl? lol! Thank you Mom! I think trusting myself to produce what is in my head has been difficult for me, but every time I do it becomes easier. Thank you for passing on your creative skills to me. Love YOU!

  4. Super cute, Shannon! I agree that it looks really good against the black metal scrollwork!

    • Delanna! How exciting to see you on here! I’ve missed you! Thanks so much for leaving me this sweet comment. It means a lot coming from you. You are very creative! 🙂

  5. Vicki Sypien says

    Shannon, I think it looks great and not tacky at all! I would love to do the same….I just don’t know if I’m as patient as you are. 🙂

  6. When it comes to painting your front door, there are a million colors to choose from but only one real option for the finish. Semigloss paint gives you a smoother surface than lower-sheen finishes and has a degree of shine, providing a visual contrast 🙂

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