DIY Heart made from Paper, Resin and MDF

Making this heart wall art was really just a culmination of a few different things going on at once. One, we wanted to experiment a little more with coating paper transfers with resin and two; Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so we thought – why not?

If you would like to make this DIY heart here is a free pattern.

Free Heart Pattern Download

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How We Made The DIY Heart

What you’ll need

Materials

  • MDF or thin piece of sheet material
  • Colored Printout (inkjet will work)
  • Clear Resin (we used Famowood Glaze Coat)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Painters Tape or Contact Paper

Tools

  • Scroll Saw
  • Paint Brush
  • Resin supplies (cups, stir stick, gloves)

Applying The Pattern

There are many ways to apply the printout. You could use Mod Podge, spray adhesive or the resin itself. We chose to go with a spray adhesive and it worked really well. You can get spray adhesive at most any store. We used the Elmer’s spray adhesive. We made sure we used a t-shirt to firmly press it into the piece of MDF. The MDF used was 1/4″ thick.

Sealing The Image

To prevent the resin, which will be poured later, from seeping into the paper image, we coated the whole thing with Mod Podge. There are quite a few different varieties of Mod Podge. We used the blue label, which is a bit thicker. We applies it using a squeegee.

Cutting Out The Heart

Once everything was dry we cut out the heart on the scroll saw. It could also be done using a coping saw or maybe even a band saw. Unlike most projects like this that we do, we actually tried really hard to cut right on the line. Some of the corners on this piece are sharp, so we knew a lot of sanding wouldn’t have been ideal.

Painting

Painting the edges really makes the whole piece come together. Since the border of the image is black, painting the edges of the MDF really makes it seamless.

Mixing and Prepping The Resin

I won’t go into too much detail about mixing the resin because every brand is different. I will say that this is a two-part resin and works phenomenally. It is Famowood Glaze Coat and if you want to know more about how we mix ours you can check this out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz29pJnCc0Q

One other thing that is important is the backing of the piece. Painters tape or contact paper needs to be applied to the back to keep the runoff from dripping down onto the back. If it gets on the back it isn’t impossible to get off, but much harder when trimming.

Pouring The Resin

Pouring the resin is simple. You may need to work it around to the edges, but for the most part it is self leveling and shouldn’t be an issue. Once it has settled for a minute or two, passing a lighter or torch over it will pop the air bubbles that are present. Then you will have to wait for the resin to cure which will vary depending on the brand of resin you use.

Clean Up

Trimming the resin off the edges is pretty painless and can be accomplished with an craft knife.

You will also need to add some sticky backing to the back so you can hang it on the wall. We used some double sided temporary tape, but you could also use 3M poster tabs.

All Done!

Now you can place it on the wall or give it away as a gift. It should only take about 2 days to make it and most of that time will be spent waiting for the resin to cure.

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