Handmade gifts are an excellent way to show your loved ones that you care. They are unique, thoughtful, and can be personalized to suit the recipient's interests and preferences.
Things you will need:
- Heart pattern (click here for letter size heart) and thick paper
- Spray paint
- Painter’s tape
- Tea light
- Drill spade
- Band saw/jig saw
- Sand paper
- Drill press/drill
- Tape measure
- Carpenter's pencil
Print out the heart pattern. Ours is about 8" wide. We trim it onto a thicker paper to make it easy to trace onto the wood.
Trace the heart onto the plywood. You need to make sure you use a thick enough piece that can be drill deep enough for the tea light to sink in.
You can use a band saw or a hand saw to cut out the heart. A band saw will make a smoother and even cut. Once finished, smoothen the edge with sandpaper.
Measure the depth and the width of the tealight to determine the drill bit size.
Find the center of the holder.
Set the desired depth on the drill press and begin. You can also use a hand drill but be sure to keep your hand sturdy.
You will want to drill through to create a small hole. This will allow you to easily pop out the old tealight from the back.
You can use any finish spray paint. What’s that tape? Don’t worry. It doesn’t suffer from a broken heart! We decided to create a pattern to this piece. You certainly can experiment with different color blocks using painter’s tape.
We hope you enjoy putting your carpenter’s skill to a test and create one of a kind, unique Valentine’s gift. Stop by your local Sutherlands. We can help you gather all the building materials for any projects.