I decided to make some chalkboard message boards in a heart shape, perfect for the upcoming Valentines Day. The rustic board hearts that I usually make wouldn't work for a smooth surface, so I purchased 1/2" MDF (medium-density fiber) board. It's a wonderful smooth surface and cuts like "butta". Perfect for this project. I went to the local big box store and purchased a 2' x 4' sheet for $9.95. Just the right size to lug home and cut out eight 12" hearts. I found a heart shape that I liked, approximately 12" high and wide then printed it out. I copied it onto cardboard so I could easily trace it and re-use it. Then I used my jig saw to cut them out.
|Using my jigsaw to cut out the hearts|
|Hearts painted on one side & edges with red paint.|
|Priming the new surface with chalk|
|All primed and ready to wipe off.|
Next I was ready to drill some holes for hanging. After some thought, I decided that I liked the way two holes looked, measured and punched the holes in my cardboard template.
|I used a 1/4" drill bit to make the holes for the ribbon hanger.|
I found some pretty white ribbon with wire edges and fed it through the holes. I tied a bow that can be used at the top or on the heart itself. Here's the finished pictures.
|All finished a ready for gift-giving!|
|I tried one with a one-hole approach & jute rope!|