An Easy Distressed Rustic Heart

Today I'm dragging out the jig saw.  I honestly haven't used it in a long time but a new friend uses it all the time for her amazing projects so I'm dragging it out of the corner!

ribbon with tape measure, burlap and ribbon

First let me introduce you to Nicole from A Frayed Knot

I've been crafting for literally ever and blogging for over 10 years and the crafts Nicole do often inspire me. 

Nicole does a daily live where she makes easy projects and she sells all the supplies you need to make them! She has thousands of loyal followers and the best part is that she is kind and loves her faith. 

Today, Nicole inspired me to drag out my Blade Runner saw and get crafting with wood again. 

Years ago I cut everything out of wood using an old saw and I gave them out as gifts to everyone I knew. 

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For my project today I began by drawing a heart on a piece of paper and used it for the pattern on my wood. 

paper heart on a piece of pine

I'm using rough hewn wood for this simple heart because I love the texture!

rough hewn wood piece of pine

I cut it out using my scroll saw that's been on the basement floor for about 3 years. 

heart cut from rough hewn pine

It is a  Rockwell Blade Runner saw.  It wasn't too expensive and it cuts like butta!

After my heart was cut out, I sanded it with the electric sander and drilled 2 small holes in the top for the hanger.  A small sander works great!

This heart really could have been left as is... it is beautiful before paint. 

This paint came from Michaels but any light pink will look great!

wooden heart and light pink paint

I painted the heart with one coat of light pink paint then sanded the heart again to distress it.

Pink painted heart

This is such a light pink, it almost looks white. 

Next, I used hot glue to attach a strip of burlap and vintage Scrabble tiles that say LOVE.

burlap and scrabble letters that say LOVE

I used ribbons and a small piece of tape measure to create a bow.

This Tim Holtz tape measure is my favorite! 

Please visit the bottom of this post for printable directions for this project! 

ribbon bow with tape measure ribbon

I attached the bow to a length of rebar wire, curled the wire and attached it through the holes in the heart. 

If you'd rather buy this heart than make it, please find it at the Homeroad Etsy Shop.

Heart with scrabble letters, bow and wire

This heart was so fun and easy to make, I'm going to keep this saw on my workbench and use it more often that's for sure!  

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rustic heart with Pinterest overlay

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Rustic Wooden Heart

Rustic wooden heart with Scrabble letters, a bow, and a wire hanger.
prep time: 1 hourperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 2 H


  • wooden heart
  • burlap
  • Scrabble letters
  • ribbon
  • rebar wire
  • decorative tape measure
  • white paint
  • hot glue
  • thin wire


  • scroll saw
  • electric sander
  • drill
  • glue gun


Cut out a Wooden Heart
  1. First make a paper heart and trace it onto your wooden surface.
  2. With a scroll saw cut out a heart from either pine or plywood. 
  3. Drill 2 holes in the top of the heart for the wire hanger. 
  4. Paint the heart the color of your choice. 
  5. When the paint is dry, sand the heart with an electric sander until you have a distressed look. 
  6. Add a wire rebar hanger. 
Add the Decorations
  1. Cut a strip of burlap and use hot glue to attach it to the heart. 
  2. Attach the Scrabble tiles that say LOVE to the top of the burlap with hot glue.
  3. Make a bow with scrap ribbon bu stacking several pieces then wrapping the center with thin ribbon and pull tightly. 
  4. Use hot glue to secure the ribbon to the top of the heart. 
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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .