Rusty Hanging Cardboard Hearts

I have one more rust technique for you today, well it actually has been used before but this time it is going to be on recycled cardboard. 

We all have cardboard so I thought I'd give it a try on something easily obtained. 

This technique is easy and you probably have everything you need to make these at home right now! 

Take a look...

pile of rusty hearts

First, you'll need to cut out some hearts from cardboard. The thicker cardboard from boxes works the best.

cardboard hearts

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Next, I painted the hearts silver with a tin colored craft paint on both sides. 

silver painted hearts

If you saw the galvanized heart wreath I made recently, the technique is almost the same as on the metal. 

I let that dry then dabbed a little Mod Podge around the edges of the heart. I'm eventually doing this to both sides of the heart. 

mod podge and cardboard heart

Sprinkle a generous amount of ground cinnamon over the Mod Podge while it is still wet. 

cinnamon dusted. heart

I dumped off the extra cinnamon and let the hearts dry. 

cinnamon on hearts

When the hearts were dry I painted over the top of the hearts with a coat of slightly watered down Mod Podge. The kind of Mod Podge you use for this doesn't really matter but I would stay away from the glossy one. 

mod podge coat over heart


rusty hearts on drying rack

I let the hearts dry for several hours then brought them to the workshop for a coat of spray matte sealer over the top. 

rusty heart with nail

I made a small hole with a nail in the heart for the hanger then ran rebar wire through the hole. The spool of rebar wire lasts forever! 

hanging rusty heart with wire

Lastly, I wrapped the wire into a few squiggles and made a loop at the top with long nose pliers. 

4 rusty hearts with wires

I think these cardboard hearts look like the real thing! What do you think?

rusty hearts on hot plate

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hearts on accordion hooks

group of rusty hearts with overlay


hanging hearts on table runner

I'm hanging these little cuties around my house for Valentine's Day. I love the rustic rusty look and they aren't too bright for my space. 

rusty hearts on hot plate

cardboard rusty hearts in a row

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rusty hearts on accordion hook rack


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. .