Valentine’s Day DIY: Love Bug Dry Erase Board

Love Bug Dry Erase Board DIYHey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversations about everything from front porch decorating to gluten-free goodies.

Today on the blog, we are chatting about a “secret message” board for your sweetie for Valentine’s Day. What I love about this DIY project is how simple it is–no major tools or fancy supplies required *wink*

Basic supplies for this dry erase board project

Basic supplies for this dry erase board project

For this DIY Secret Message Board | Dry Erase Board you will need 1/8″ Flat Tileboard in white–which can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

If you are like me and drive a car that cannot fit an entire sheet of this board, you can have it cut at the store. I had my board cut into 2′ x 4′ pieces, so it would fit in my Beetle.

For this particular project, you will need a board about 8″ x 10″, but you can make it as little or as big as you want. That is the beauty of DIY *big smile*

"Wood" side of the tileboard + white gesso

“Wood” side of the tileboard + white gesso

After you have the size you want, paint the “wood” side of the board with gesso or flat white paint (either one will work). Paint going in the same direction–long brush strokes.

It will take 2-3 thin coats to completely cover up the brown. Be patient because this is an important step. Do NOT “slap” the gesso/paint on and do not apply too much at one time. The goal is a smooth, even surface–no thick brush strokes. For this particular project, I used a one-inch foam brush.

Cut a ladybug from various pieces of scrapbook paper. Be creative with your paper.

Cut a ladybug from various pieces of scrapbook paper. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box–like newspaper print.

While you wait on your gesso/paint to dry, cut out the pieces for your love bug out of scrapbook paper.

Mix patterns–dots, hearts, houndstooth, plaid–the possibilities are limitless! Also, do not worry about having “perfect” shapes. As you can tell from the photo, I winged the bottom pieces of my bug because those pieces will not be seen once the wings/body are attached.

All of the pieces of the ladybug

All of the pieces of the ladybug

Once the gesso/paint has dried, paint the entire board with Liquitex Light Portrait Pink (or any shade of light pink). Again, thin coats and long, smooth brush strokes.

Allow time for the board to thoroughly dry before attaching the ladybug pieces with Mod Podge.

20160203_165003_resizedI am not a huge fan of paint markers; however,  for this project, I decided to give them a try. Overall, I was pretty pleased with how the letters and polka dots turned out.

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My secret tools for hot glue messes

My secret tools for hot glue messes–I intentionally made a terrible mess with the hot glue gun because I wanted to show how easy it is to clean up the glue strings and extra glue that oozed out.

I wanted to add a little bit of sparkle to my secret message board and what better way than with red rhinestones. Another option is to use clear rhinestones on the white polka dots. Remember this is your DIY project–have fun!

Front Side of the Love Bug Secret Message Board|Dry Erase Board

Front Side of the Love Bug Secret Message Board|Dry Erase Board

Now, it is time to pat yourself on the back for a job well done and to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee while you decide what secret message to write on the back of your board.

Back side of the Love Bug Secret Message Board|Dry Erase Board

Back side of the Love Bug Secret Message Board|Dry Erase Board

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. Be sure to share your Love Bug boards with me using #SSLDIY on Twitter and Instagram because I would love to see your projects!

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