Distressed Puzzle Wall Art – Love is all you need!

When I saw A Wandaful Thing’s  monthly challenge to use puzzle pieces for a craft, I knew I wanted to take part in it! We love puzzles around here and this would be fun project! I obviously could not invade Mi’s stash of puzzles so I headed to the dollar store to pick up some puzzle pieces. It was meant to be when I found the heart shaped puzzle! I was obviously meant to make a love puzzle wall art for Valentine’s Day. Two birds- one stone! I was obviously meant to make it! Easy distressed Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

One of my favorite songs is the Beetles song – All you need is love…. love is all you need… I was going for what you need to fix a broken heart… so “Love is all you need…”

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Materials needed for the puzzle wall art –

  • Heart shaped puzzle
  • Mod podge 
  • 1/4″ birch plywood
  • Red stain (I used Minwax tintable stain in spice)
  • Blue paint (I used Seaside Manor by Clark+Kensington)
  • White paint (I used Polar White by Valspar)
  • Sander. This corner sander is my favorite
  • Red metallic acrylic paint
  • Silver acrylic paint

How to make the puzzle wall art –

Step 1 – Assemble the puzzle and give it a coat of mod podge on top to hold the puzzle together. Easy Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

Step 2 – Paint the back of the puzzle with red acrylic paint. Once dry, trace the puzzle edges with silver craft paint. Easy Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

Step 3 – On the 1/4″ plywood – add multiple layers of stain and paint. I started with the stain, followed by blue paint which was followed by white paint. Easy distressed Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

Easy distressed Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

Step 4 – Give the edges a light sanding all around to reveal all the various layers of paint. I loved how it turned out… The white and blue and a hint of red on the edges.Easy distressed Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

Step 5 – Print out the lettering and finalize the placement. I used LaserMetal Font (available free) in 400pt in outline mode.Easy distressed Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

Step 6 – Trace the letters onto the board. Usually, I just go over the letters with a ball point pen, it works like a charm on softer wood like pine etc, but it was not working here because of the hard plywood. Here is the trick I used –

How to trace onto hardboard –

Rub a pencil on the backside of the page. Use a pencil to trace over the front. The pencil on the back leaves an imprint on the hardboard! That’s it! Easy distressed Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

Easy distressed Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

Step 7 – Fill in the traced letters with metallic red craft paint and give it a pass with the sander to create a worn look.

Easy distressed Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

Step 8 – Glue the heart puzzle to the board using hot glue and our love puzzle sign is ready! 

I love how  the puzzle gives it a 3- dimensional look with the distressed sign in the background. It is the perfect sign to go over a mantle or in a master bedroom! Easy distressed Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you need

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Easy distressed Valentine's Day Puzzle wall art | Love wall art | Love is all you needHow do you like my love puzzle wall art?

I made another fun distressed wall art for my master bedroom recently too.An easy DIY Wall art perfect for the bedroom! Layers of paint and pretty wrapping paper distressed for the most amazing effect.

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18 Comments

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love this! The colours are beautiful, thanks for explaining how you got the colours to show through. I see the technique everywhere, but have never found a good explanation of it.

    1. Thanks Meredith! I am glad you found the tutorial helpful!

  3. Love the title to this post almost as much as I love the project. Just a great idea! Thank you for sharing your posts with us this week at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted to share!
    ~Laurie

    1. Thanks Laurie!! SEO said no but I just had to give it that title!! Nothing else was as fun…I know I committed blogging blasphemy 😉

  4. So clever and it’s perfect paired with your hand lettering!
    Thank you for sharing at the Celebrate Your Story Link Up Party.

  5. This is such a cute idea!!

    1. Thank you Jes!! 🙂

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