Rustic Heart Memo Board

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You can never be too organized so tuck this mini memo board into those smaller spaces just begging for order: craft area laundry room kitchen wall.

Completion time – 2 hours

Designer – Kathleen George


  • Sheet, 18" x 12" x 1"
Other Materials
  • Acrylic paints: red iron oxide; dark green; antiqu
  • Painter's canvas, primed or unprimed, 1/2 yd.
  • Gesso (if using unprimed canvas)
  • Pressure-sensitive copper foil tape
  • Sheer gold metallic ribbon
  • Brass brads, four


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Paintbrushes: medium flat; stiff round
  • Natural sponge
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Heavy-duty work gloves
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue


  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Refer to
    diagram to cut heart from foam sheet.
  • 2. Trace foam heart onto one side of painter's canvas; cut
    out. Use craft glue to glue canvas heart to front of foam heart.
  • 3. Measure perimeter of heart. Cut a 1"-wide strip of canvas
    to cover heart edges. Glue canvas to foam. Pin canvas to
    secure; let dry. Remove pins.
  • 4. If canvas is unprimed, follow manufacturer's directions to
    apply one or two generous coats of gesso to canvas, letting
    dry between coats. Ignore imperfections on surface; they will
    add to rustic quality of painted finish. Let dry.
  • 5. Paint heart front and edges red iron oxide. Use slightly
    damp sponge to pounce dark green areas onto heart; repeat with
    antique gold. Rinse sponge well; use sponge to soften hard
    edges where colors overlap.
  • 6. Reapply red iron oxide over areas that appear uneven and
    re-blend. Continue until pleased with effect. Let dry.
  • 7. Put on gloves. Press copper foil tape over top of joint
    between top and sides of heart, pressing half of strip onto
    front and remainder onto sides.
  • 8. Glue brads into front of memo board as shown. Cut 14"
    length from ribbon. Leaving center loop for hanger, tie ribbon
    into bow. Hot glue hanger to top of heart.