True Love Tree Carving

True Love Tree Carving - upcycle a Goodwill plaque into a cute and loveable wood carving for your home!

Happy Valentine’s Day -AND- Thrifty Thursday friends! I’m wrapping up our endless love-themed posts today with a cute project little love project that can last all year long – this True Love “Tree” Carving! Now you know how carving initials into a tree used to be the big thing? Now you can bring that nostalgia, innocence and true love into your home for just dollars!

I picked up this lovely piece of wood at my local Goodwill for just $1.99! Now it had a saying plastered to the top along with some glaze, but I took care of that! Then I purchased a wood burning kit (how FUN is that?) from Hobby Lobby with their 40% off coupon, so that it was just a few dollars! I’m already trying to think of more projects to use the burner on, because it was just so much fun and brought back childhood memories!

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden plaque
  • Wood burning kit

And the steps:

  • Now since my wooden plaque was from Goodwill and had stuff plastered to the top, I soaked it upside down in water overnight and peeled the top layer of junk off.
  • Once that was dry, I sanded the top until I had a clear, smooth finish.
  • I then plugged in my wood burner to let it heat up.
  • I lightly traced the letters and a heart onto the wood as guidelines.
  • Then I ran the wood burner over the lines until I was happy with the result!

A Goodwill trash to treasure project - turn a $1.99 plaque into a cute wood carving!

And here’s how it turned out…

True Love Tree Carving - upcycle a Goodwill plaque into a cute and loveable wood carving for your home!

True Love Tree Carving - upcycle a Goodwill plaque into a cute and loveable wood carving for your home!

True Love Tree Carving - upcycle a Goodwill plaque into a cute and loveable wood carving for your home!

For now I have moved it to our Valentines Mantel…but I know that it will be out on display year round because I just love it! So I hope that you all have a great Valentines Day and that you can spend the day with the ones you love!

Kimberly Sneed
Hi, I'm Kimberly! A working mom, wife to my best friend and mother to two adorable boys. By day I'm a project manager and list-maker extraordinaire, and by night I attempt to make our house a home. I enjoy crafting/DIY, decorating, photography, thrifting and love to share my creative adventures with you!
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Comments

  1. Very Cute!!!!

  2. That’s lovely! What a great idea. :D
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  3. What a cute idea! I’ll be keeping my eye out for a nice wood plaque at Savers!
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  4. This is so cute, what a great idea! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    xx
    Kelly
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  5. This is adorable!!

    xo
    Ange
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  6. Now that is so cute, better than on the tree so you can see it every day. Love how you stood it next to the frame with the hearts hanging, perfect.
    Wishing you and yours a very happy day to LOVE

  7. So cute! I love it. :)
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  8. LOVE it! I also have the B&D mouse sander and am in love with it.

  9. I love this. Now, I just need to find a wood burning kit!
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  10. What a cute idea, I absolutely love it!
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  11. Jen @ Eat. Sleep. Make. says:

    Great thrift store find! Love what you did with it!

  12. Great idea. I’ve seen those plaques at my local thrift shop too. Never thought about taking off the nasty stuff and getting to bare wood. Duh!

    Thanks for the tip.

    Beautiful blog, by the way!
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  13. Love an upcycled project! Now I need a wood-burning tool :)

  14. awwww… this makes me happy :) So stinkin’ cute! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  15. That is so adorable! Thanks for sharing at The Gunny Sack!

  16. I just LOVE IT Kim!!!!!!
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  17. Great idea! Never thought about reusing an old wooden plaque.
    Loving your blog and all your posts :-)
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