So…Valentine’s Day isn’t much of a holiday in our house, truth be told. We’re pretty lovely-dovey all the time (I know, go ahead and roll your eyes) and I NEVER decorate for it. But…I had a holiday project idea rattling around in my head that just wouldn’t quit. AND it involved something I’d never repurposed or upcycled before: an antique, heart-shaped rug beater.
They’re fairly commonplace in antique malls (and in vintage shops like this one on Etsy) and easy to hang on the wall- and while they’re not the cheapest treasure you can find, they aren’t regularly repurposed that I know of.
This is something super easy that anyone can do if you can find the components. The only crafty part (painting the wooden handle) is completely optional! I did it because I felt like the rug beater needed a pop of color somewhere…and it made me think of vintage kitchen tools with their colorfully painted handles. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
So, I gave each wooden handle a quick dose of color and set them aside to dry. In the meantime, I gathered my collection of vintage Valentines…some from my mom, and some from Etsy.
Aren’t they the sweetest? Colorful and dainty, they’re ideal for the display idea I had in mind. I padded my inventory a little further by purchasing some super inexpensive instant downloads from Etsy that I printed up.
To stiffen up my printables, I carefully adhered them to colorful craft paper and set them under heavy books to dry. I used patterned craft paper…but now I’m wondering if they’re too busy? Perhaps plain red and pink paper would have been better…oh well! But that’s the wonderful thing about instant downloads…I can print them over and over again.
Next, I tied a simple loop of thread around the inner workings of the rug beater, which will allow me to use a single nail for hanging.
Then it was time to incorporate the adorable vintage Valentines! And I used the same method I had used this past Christmas for my front door décor- miniature clothespins to clip the cards to the rug beater wire!
Once I was satisfied with the cards I clipped on, it was ready to be hung on the wall! Doesn’t that make for adorable Valentine’s Day décor?
And if you want a rug beater of your own for repurposing, please check out my Etsy shop!
Hugs, kisses…and Craft on!