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Craft Project: How to make a decorative wall plaque for your home

Updated on February 17, 2011
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Shawna is a crafty gal from the sonoran desert who wishes she had more time for crafting!

Completed Wall Plaque
Completed Wall Plaque
 

This is a simple, inexpensive project that can really add to the décor in your home. Start by gathering the following supplies:

  • One wooden plaque-This can be purchased from a craft store for $1-$15. The $1 plaques are just fine for this project because the wood will be covered up in the end anyway.
  • One piece of decorative scrap booking paper-Choose a paper that matches the décor in your home...something that will make you smile when you see it.
  • One wooden letter-I chose the first initial of my last name. I have also used wooden crosses. These can be found at most craft stores for very little money.  They can also be purchased online at Custom Wooden Letters.
  • Craft Paint-Choose a color that matches the paper you are using. Darker colors look best after sanding because the wood shows through nicely.
  • Paint brush
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A Pencil
  • Brads (optional)

Supplies
Supplies
Tracing
Tracing
Painting
Painting
Sanding
Sanding

Follow these easy steps to create your plaque:

  1. Trace the face of the plaque onto the back of the paper with a pencil.
  2. Cut out the paper along your traced lines.
  3. Paint the edges of the plaque, and just around the edge of the face. The entire face does not need to be painted because it will be covered with paper.
  4. Paint the letter.
  5. If the cut out paper is a little larger than the face of the plaque, trim it so it fits.
  6. When the paint on the plaque is dry, glue the paper onto the face of the plaque. Try to get any bubbles out that form underneath the paper. Make the paper as smooth as possible, without any wrinkles.
  7. When the glue is dry, use sand paper to distress the edges of the plaque so the wood shows through the paint. Gently distress the edge where the paper meets the paint. Make sure to use light strokes so the paper does not tear. Repeat the distressing process on the wood letter.
  8. When the plaque and letter are distressed to your liking, glue the letter onto the center of the plaque.
  9. If using decorative brads, cut the prongs off the brads and glue them on the corners of the plaque.
  10. If you plan on hanging the plaque, attach some wire to the back with a staple gun.

Voila! What a unique and eyecatching decoration to accent your home.

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      Tracy 8 years ago

      Great project! Thanks!

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      shawna.wilson 8 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Tracy. I'm happy to hear someone else likes this idea for a craft/home décor project!

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      David 8 years ago

      Very creative. We like seeing creative projects like this. Great Job!!

      David

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      shawna.wilson 8 years ago from Arizona

      Hi David- I love all the fonts you have on your site! Wish I'd known about it before. I posted a link above. Thanks for reading.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is so cute Shawna!

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is so cute Shawna!

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      shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks SweetiePie! Congrats on your new writing gig with the Examiner :) Crafts are so much fun.

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      Béla Mongyi 7 years ago

      I love your idea. If I can get the supplies I'll do it for myself with an M. :) Thanks Shawna.

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      shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

      Have fun with your project, Bela!

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      Maria Harris 6 years ago from Houston

      Great craft idea, and really clear instructions. Thanks for all of the detailed information.

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      daniel 6 years ago

      cool,i like it i want to make me one

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      Danielle 4 years ago

      Love this, great idea for Christmas gifts or housewarming, exactly what I'm looking for at the moment! Thanks!

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