How to Make Homemade Plaques

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How to Make Homemade Plaques
Make your own wall plaque. (plaque image by Terry Reimink from Fotolia.com)

Plaques can be made with many different materials but wood is the easiest to work with. Ready-made pictures or your own original designs can be turned into creative one-of-a-kind plaques. Pre-sanded wood forms in a variety of shapes can be purchased at craft stores. Rough cut wood from a lumberyard is excellent if you prefer to sand, paint or refinish your own.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wood form
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Newspapers
  • Tape measure
  • Picture
  • White glue
  • Spray lacquer
  • 2 eye hooks
  • Picture frame wire

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sand the edges and all sides of the wood form until they are perfectly smooth. Sand first with a coarse sand paper and finish with a fine sand paper.

    How to Make Homemade Plaques
    Sand the wood form. (sandpapier image by Thomas Aumann from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Spread 2 or 3 layers of newspaper on your work surface. Use a paintbrush to apply the wood stain or paint to the wood form. Coat one side and the edges, allow it to dry according to the directions on the product. When dry, coat the other side of the wood form and let it dry.

    How to Make Homemade Plaques
    Spread newspapers on your work surface. (newspaper image by Photoeyes from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Apply white glue to the back of the picture you have chosen and centre it on the wood plaque. Wait 3 or 4 hours or preferably overnight for the glue to dry completely.

    How to Make Homemade Plaques
    Apply white glue to the back of the picture you have chosen. (glue bottle image by Bruce MacQueen from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Spray an even coat of lacquer over the picture and the top side of the wood plaque. Work in a well-ventilated area or outside. Once the lacquer dries, spray the back side of the plaque.

    How to Make Homemade Plaques
    Spray an even coat of lacquer over the picture. (spray image by bluefern from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Screw the 2 eye hooks into the back of the plaque. Use the tape measure to mark where to place the eye hooks. Place them at least 2 inches down and 2 inches from the outside edges of the plaque. There should be 2 or 3 inches space between the two eye hooks.

    How to Make Homemade Plaques
    Use a tape measure to mark where to place the eye hooks. (measure image by Edsweb from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Wind one end of the piece of wire around one eye hook. Run it across to the other eye hook and secure it by wrapping the wire around the hook.

    How to Make Homemade Plaques
    (rusty wire image by Richard Seeney from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Spraying lacquer on real photos will damage the photos, use only pictures from old cards or magazines.

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