DIY Rustic Wood Letters and My Valentine

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Usually, when I share about a DIY project on here, it is something that Hubby and I do together.  But this one, I mentioned I wanted to try and figure it out how to make some rustic wood letters – and he just went and did it.

Actually, he made two sets.  One to try and work out the angles and then one with the salvaged wood we still have from my Grandfather’s cottage.  I am quite sure my Dad never expected me to come up with so many projects from the old house.

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Some girls like jewelry – my man knows the way to my heart is through rustic wood yumminess.  And how fitting are the X’s and O’s?

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In truth, Hubby did all the cuts and then had to go out of town, so I put them together.  This is where you do as I say – not as I did.  I was impatient so I worked with what I had.  YOU should purchase 8 simple flat brackets to connect each piece.  You should also drill pilot holes so as to not split the wood like I did.  I think it just adds to rustic character, no?

The angles to make the “O” are all at 22.5 degrees.  Just make the side pieces longer to get the full shape.  This is not a full on tutorial, as I am sure you have figured out, it is more of a guide on how to approach creating your own.

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The X is just two pieces, with the back side of one routed out partially to allow for the other piece to lay flatter. Two screws from the back hold it together.

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For the smaller ones, he used new scrap wood.  The X follows the same process and the cuts for the O’s are the same.  I started to add glue to the O and was planning on adding brackets – but the wood glue held great.  So, I place it on a piece of wax paper so it wouldn’t stick to any surface, glued all the joints and left it till morning.  It worked great.


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To paint the unfinished letters, I used spare paint I had around.  I started with a gray blue.  Then dry brushed on a mossy green and then dry brushed on a coppery brown.  Simple and blends in with the salvaged wood well.


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A simple, yet rustic addition to my mantel – perfect for Valentine’s day.  However, the same principals can be applied to almost any letter.  I see more words in my future.

And thanks to my sweet Valentine.  XOXO to you!

The chalkboard tutorial can be found here.  If you would like to see our other reclaimed rustic wood DIY projects, you can visit here.

Wishing you all a great day and thanks for reading.

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About Finding Home

My name is Laura and I have been running a small interior decorating business since 2004. I have always had a love for decorating but I never fully realized it until about 10 years ago. I live in New York with my husband and two daughters. They support me and encourage me at every turn. I have always loved the “hunt” for the next treasure, especially when you have to get down and dirty to discover it. I feel like it is time to start taking my business in a new direction. I am not sure exactly what that will be, but this blog is about that journey. About finding a sense of home, a place where we belong and can most be ourselves. Thank you for being part of my journey.

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  1. I love your letters! What a cute project. And what a nice hubby to do all the math for you. Ha!

  2. Love these! They are perfect.

  3. Adorable!!!

  4. Such a cute idea! Love it!

  5. I love these letters! Great job!

  6. In love with these Laura! The perfect accent to your mantle!

  7. Laura, what a darling way to use part of your Grandfather’s cottage! These are just so unique and fun! I’d have to keep them out all year! What a great and creative idea! Thanks for joining THE SCOOP! Pinning!

  8. Love these Laura and the fact they are from your grandfather’s cottage makes them even more special!


  9. These are gorgeous!! I am in love with the colors of them!! :)

  10. Mtngirl1 says:

    So clever! Thanks for the tutorial, would you share how tall the letters are and how wide the wood is?

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