Displaying Vintage Valentines With Yardsticks

February 08, 2023

Photo of two wooden advertising yardsticks.
I purchased two wooden advertising yardsticks from a local consignment shop to make a Valentine's Day project.  I paid $5 for both of them.  

After seeing my yardstick project below, please continue scrolling on down for this month's installment of the Thrift Store Decor Team's February party. You will not be disappointed!

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Photo of two wooden yardsticks and red milk paint stain.
I made sure to purchase unsealed and unpainted wooden yardsticks.  I mixed up a very small amount of Homestead House Fort York Red Milk Paint in a one part water to one part paint powder ratio.

I had the paint on hand from other projects.

Photo of a wooden advertising yardstick after being stained with red milk paint.
After brushing on the red milk paint, I wiped some of the paint off so the numbers on the yardsticks would still be visible.  The milk paint acted like a red stain.

Photo of a package of four magnetic clips from the Dollar Tree.
Magnetic metal clips are sold all over the place but my latest sets, above, are four packs from Dollar Tree.

Since magnets won't stick to wood, I glued the magnets to the yardstick using E6000 Adhesive.  Five magnets were glued on at the 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30 inch marks. The vertical yardstick has four magnets glued on at 3 1/2, 12 1/2, 21 1/2, and 30 1/2 inches.

Photo of a yardstick & magnetic clip photo holder.
I like to display old photos with yardsticks on my hallway wall, so I thought why not vintage Valentines? I have a large collection of them.  Some were mine, my dad's, his brother's and my grandma's.

Photo of a yardstick with a dot to drill a hole.
I made a pencil dot on the wood yardsticks stained with red milk paint.

Photo of my 12V Dewalt drill.
Then I used my drill, Dewalt 12V Brushless drill DCD701, to make holes on each end.  The yardsticks will then be hung on nails.

Photo of vintage Valentine's being displayed on old advertising yardsticks.
I hung the yardsticks horizontally with two nails and added some of my favorite Valentine's.

Photo of vintage Valentine's being displayed on old advertising yardsticks.
Many of these Valentines were from my kindergarten classmates.

Photo of vintage Valentine's being displayed on old advertising yardsticks.
The top yardstick has the clips glued on sideways.  This yardstick can hang either horizontally or vertically.

Photo of Christmas cards being displayed on old advertising yardsticks.
Why not hang Christmas cards on yardsticks too?

Photo of vintage Valentine's being displayed on old advertising yardsticks.

Photo collage of Valentines displayed on yardsticks.
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Now, it's time for the party!  Click on the links below to take you to more thrift store projects!
Photo collage of February thrift store finds from the Thrift Store Decor Team.

Upcycled Lamp Parts Candle Holder  Petticoat Junktion

Coastal Rope Lantern Domestically Speaking 

Embellishing a Pair of Valentine Pillows Sadie Seasongoods

Valentine Heart Mantle Decor Shop At Blu

Easy DIY Rustic Light Fixtures Reinvented Deleware

Succulent Wall Planter Using a Picture Frame  My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

DIY Painted Suitcase My Repurposed Life

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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Carlene, what an absolutely darling way to display photos! I need this in my office! Pinned.

  2. the E6000 glue i have never used. i use the clear gorilla glue the most. what's the difference? i do not like using hot glue stick.

  3. E6000 has to dry overnight but it is very strong and I use it anytime I am gluing porous and solid or solid and solid.

  4. This is super cute, I love the idea of displaying photo's!


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