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Make A Love Letter Sign With Reclaimed Hardware

This DIY love letter sign is made completely from salvaged wood and reclaimed hardware. The letter blocks stand on their own like shelf sitters. That means the hubby did a good job of cutting the wood.


sanding wood Petticoat Junktion

I gathered the boards from a construction site a couple of years ago. Better to be used than to go to the landfill…right. I used a sanding block to smooth the rough edges on the wood.

junk stash

Now to find just the right combination of hardware to make the love letters. As you can see I have a large stash of reclaimed metal of all kinds.

junk treasures Petticoat Junktion

After digging through my junk stuff I came up with these pieces to make my “love letters”.

turquoise paints Petticoat Junktion

The letters needed a colorful background to showcase the dark rusty metal pieces. I pulled a couple of colors from the paint shelf and decided on the deep turquoise color

dry brush paiting Petticoat Junktion

And then I dry brushed a the light aqua over the wood. See how it highlights the coarse areas of the wood?

love letter sign

love letter sign

Finding screws just the right size is sometimes the hardest part of this type project. The screw heads have to be large enough not to slip through the holes and the screws have to be short enough not to come through the back of the wood.

I first adhered all the hardware pieces with hot glue. The glue held everything in place so no slipping up when I drilled the holes for the screws.

putting projects together Petticoat Junktion

I’m a hot mess when putting these projects together. The workshop is always a disaster.

turquoise junky love sign Petticoat Junktion

The love letter blocks make me smile. I can see them on my fireplace from my seat on the couch.

For more reclaim ideas check out my horseshoe and quilt sign here…..A Horseshoe For Good Luck And Red Hearts For Love.

Also take a look at the stenciled heart sign. Later this week is Furniture Fixer Upper Day and wait until you see the sideboard makeover! Thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Totally amazing! I have an infatuation with turquoise and love the rusty pieces you added to spell LOVE. So beautiful and fun!

  2. Good eye for detail Andrew. The L and E were font heavy. I added the little bolt inside the hinge on the E and the head of the bolt was just the right depth to make the E stand up. For the L I had to add some glue dots to the bottom to make it stand up. Thanks for the comment!!

  3. Wonderful. Great job!
    Did they stand up on their own? They seem like they may be front-heavy. Is there a trick to making them stand without falling forward?

  4. I really like this, Kathy! I have lots of wood but that’s it — otherwise, I would try this in a heartbeat! 🙂

  5. i love these they are adorable with out being all cutesy like them better than the heart xx