How to Make an Initial Tree-Carved Valentine #lowescreator

I am a Lowes Creative Ideas blogger and each month we are issued a special challenge. This month’s challenge was to create Valentine’s Day decor using products from Lowes. Now you might not immediately  think “Oh wow, I need to decorate for Valentines Day—better run to Lowes,” but today I hope to change that! I will show you how to make an adorable initial tree-carved Valentine sign for your special someone.

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Wood-carved Initials Sign Materials Needed:

  • Piece of plywood
  • Heart pattern and pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Jigsaw
  • Sander (or sanding block)
  • Dremel
  • Minwax stain


How to Make a Wood Carved Valentine--Home Stories A to Z

1. I found a piece of square plywood at Lowes with some fabulous knots and wood grain. Matt humored me as I literally had him pull out EVERY. single. one for my thorough inspection. You DIY’ers are feeling me here, right? A girl has to find the best piece for her project. Most pieces were too knotty, some not enough, some didn’t have enough grain for my liking but this one—this one was just right! So we snatched it before someone else put their grubby little hands on my soon-to-be tree-carved-Valentine!

2. To make the heart, I simply used a large sheet of butcher paper and folded it in half. (You could also use wrapping paper, or a projector, or if you’re really talented just freehand it.) I cut out a heart shape like I was taught in elementary school. If you never used the fold-a-paper-in-half method to make a Valentine when you were little, you were totally deprived just Google it for further instruction if needed. Next, I traced around my heart onto the plywood using a pencil.

3. Now it’s time to put on those safety glasses and get out your jigsaw! I cut around my heart stencil until it was completely cut out. As a side note, if you’re fearful of power tools this project is a fantastic one for you! Jigsaws and dremels (and drills) are all friendly tools for beginners.

4. I sanded any rough edges with my palm sander, but you could also just use a sanding block. When everything looked nice and smooth, I used my Dremel to carve our initials into the wood. You can click on this link to see me using my dremel if you’d like:  wood carving with dremel

5. After I was satisfied with our initials, I wiped down my heart with a damp sponge. Finally, I gave it a very light coat of Minwax stain. I think I used Dark Chestnut and then used Dark Walnut just on the very edge. And that is it! So easy and Matt loves it :).

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valentine's day mantel

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To hang the heart on the wall, I hot glued some twine in loops to hook on the nails that were already in the wall. The heart is very light, so you could use removable 3M strips with this project if you need to.

wood carved valentine

I absolutely love how it turned out! It gives me a girly-yet-woodsy mantel that I was craving. I hope you’re inspired to make your own. Feel free to pin the idea for future use!

valentine's day mantel 

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  1. Mykl says

    So sweet! I love it! I’m not much into the pink and red, in your face Valentine’s decor so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    • Beth says

      Yeah, me neither. I did a yellow Valentine mantel last year because pink isn’t really for me :). But in small touches it’s fun.

    • Beth says

      Thanks Britt! I think I used an abrasive point. It was rounded at the tip like a thick pencil and abrasive. LOL! It worked great when held at an angle and burned through the wood giving a nice deep color to the engraving.

  2. Stacy says

    I love this idea, but I have a question about the wall that the heart is hung on. Do you have tute on how you did all the end grain branches? Is that a permanent fixture? I would love to know more!

  3. says

    I love this! When I was younger I used to do all kinds of woodworking, but haven’t in a long time. I’m going to buy a jigsaw today! I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks!


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