Upcycled Valentine’s Day Art

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Take an ordinary thrift store items and give them a face lift to create these darling Upcycled Valentine’s Day Art pieces that are perfect for a shelf or mantel!

Upcycled Valentine's Day Art

It’s a New Year and a new Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We took a few months off for the holidays, but we are back to show you more upcycled thrift ideas! This time we have joined forces with even more bloggers and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning.

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner  Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles  Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars  Erlene | My Pinterventures  Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications  Ann | Duct Tape and Denim  Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog  Jes | My DIY Envy  Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity  Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods  Kimm | Reinvented
Ali | Home Crafts by Ali   Sue | A Purdy Little House  Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue  Chelc | Inside the Fox Den  Kim | Farmhouse Made
Sherry | Savvy Apron  Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod  Lora | Craftivity Designs
Pili | Sweet Things   Marie | DIY Adulation   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Denise | My Thrifty House  Toni | Small Home Soul  Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister
  Megan | C’mon Get Crafty Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

Upcycled Valentine’s Day Art

For this month’s challenge I turned otherwise boring wicker chargers into glam Valentine’s Day Art to display on my mantel. I even got to use my brand new Silhouette Cameo for this project, and let me just say that I have a brand new addiction. See the tutorial below to learn how to make your own upcycled Valentine’s Day art!

Upcycled Valentine's Day Art

So I actually picked up these wicker chargers last year before we moved. I was originally going to make something for Thanksgiving with them, but ended up not having the time. I packed them away with everything else in my craft room and quickly forgot about them.

With this year’s first Thrift Store challenge coming up, I was frantic trying to find something to repurpose. I went to FIVE thrift stores in my new town and came up empty handed. Panicked and discouraged, I came home and started angrily decluttering and organizing my office. That’s when I came across these wicker chargers and knew I had to use them. I mean I really HAD to use them.

Upcycled Valentine's Day Art

Right after Christmas, I received a Silhouette Cameo in a giveaway of all things. I NEVER win anything so I was completely shocked.

Of course I had to use it in this Valentine’s Day Art project! I was afraid there would be a huge learning curve, but was pleasantly surprised to catch on fairly quickly. If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen some of my stories of quick little projects I’ve done so far. But don’t worry, you WILL receive an onslaught of projects here too. Consider yourself warned.

Upcycled Valentine's Day Art

How to Make Upcycled Valentine’s Day Art

What you’ll need:

  • Wicker Chargers (you can find these at any thrift store)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock (I picked up a pad of Valentine’s Day cardstock paper from Target’s Dollar Spot)
  • Silhouette (or pencil and scissors)
  • Mod Podge

How to Make Upcycled Valentine’s Day Art

Clean the wicker chargers really well. After sitting in a thrift store they can get a little dusty/dirty and you don’t want that in your paint! I dry brushed mine with a soft bristled brush first and then cleaned with a slightly damp rag.

Paint the chargers in your favorite color. For this project I used chalk paint, but it would be MUCH faster to use spray paint. Unfortunately for me, it was 20 degrees and windy when I painted them and I was not about to waste my time trying to use spray paint. The chalk paint worked well, it just takes a lot of patience to get into all of the crevices.

Upcycled Valentine's Day Art

While the paint dries, cut out the heart and arrows design on your Silhouette. I used files from the Silhouette Design Store for mine, but you can create your own too. Don’t have a Silhouette? No worries, you can easily freehand a heart and arrows and use scissors to cut them out. Note: the font I used for “Love” is called Gracias and you can download it here.

Upcycled Valentine's Day Art

Once the wicker chargers have dried, add the glitter! Make sure you are doing this over a wipeable or disposable surface. I have a large piece of cardboard that I craft on, and laid a piece of foil over it for easy clean up. I’m sure this goes without saying but glitter gets EVERYWHERE! Even when you are careful.

Upcycled Valentine's Day Art

Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the edge of the wicker charger and then sprinkle on the glitter. Work in small portions, don’t try to do the whole edge of the charger at once or else the Mod Podge will dry before you can get the glitter on it.

Upcycled Valentine's Day Art

Once the glitter is on and dry, add the cut outs. Figure out the placement first, then apply a layer of Mod Podge onto the back of the cut outs. Place them where you want on the upcycled Valentine’s Day Art and press down firmly, holding for about a minute. This will make sure the Mod Podge grabs the charger and keeps the paper in place. It may be necessary to add more Mod Podge in areas where the paper doesn’t stick to the charger.

Upcycled Valentine's Day Art Upcycled Valentine's Day Art

I love how these turned out. Decorating for Valentine’s Day isn’t a big thing for me, but putting out a few little things here and there is just fine. The best part is that it didn’t cost much at all! The paper came from Target’s Dollar Spot, the paint, glitter and Mod Podge I already had, and the wicker chargers were $0.50 each. So for less than $5 I have some custom upcycled Valentine’s Day art to display on my mantel. Perfection.

Love this? Pin it for later! And be sure to check out more of my Valentine’s Day Crafts and DIY

Upcycled Valentine's Day Art

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  1. I see those all the time while I am thrifting and have never thought of what I could make with them. I love what you have done and it is so pretty for Valentines!

  2. These are so pretty. I love the glitter on the edge. I thought you had glued gold cord on the edge. You make using the Silhouette so easy. It is on my craft wish list. It is a pretty way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

  3. Life is much better with glitter and your repurpose is an example of it, love what you’ve done!! They look great next to that chalkboard, the lettering is so pretty.

  4. Hi Amanda! Thanks so much for organizing this for us. You’re so organized and do a great job! This was such a cute project, too! You’re right, I see these in thrift stores all the time and will have to pick a few up now!

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