Valentine's Day decorations are generally not my thing. Most of the mass-produced ones out there are way too saccharine sweet and frilly for me.
So this year, I decided I'd make my own Valentine's Day decor: something with a vintage industrial vibe that I wouldn't mind actually hanging in my house.
I started with these little aluminum pans that I found at a thrift store. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with them when I bought them -- but I knew it wasn't going to involve baking.
Pretty much every craft project I do lately begins with a coat of black chalk paint, so that's where I started with this one, too.
Then I cut a few hearts out of an old newspaper to layer over the black background.
And, as luck would have it, I had the letters I needed to spell out the word "LOVE" in the stash of random letters and numbers that I have hoarded over the years.
I wasn't thrilled with the bright colors, so the letters got a coat of black chalk paint, too.
Then I put some silver craft paint over top, slapdash style, letting the black peek through for a tarnished metal effect.
I drilled holes in the top and bottom of each pan ...
... just big enough to pull a piece of twine through.
I grunged up the newspaper hearts with some watered down paint and old coffee grounds...
To tie the hearts all together, I threaded pieces of jute twine through the holes.
I had a few beads on hand that I added here and there. (I wish I would have had more.)
The last step was to glue the letters on over the newspaper.