How to Decorate Mini Wall Plaques

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How to Decorate Mini Wall Plaques
Mini wall plaques can be customised to match your decor. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Mini-wall plaques are versatile decorative items. Some contain a simple word --- a reminder to "Breathe" or "Dream," for example --- or a funny or inspiring quotation. Other plaques only feature images that coordinate with the room's decor, such as a sunflower or bunch of grapes. Unfinished wooden wall plaques are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and are generally inexpensive. By decorating your own wall plaques you can save money and create a custom piece to enhance your decor

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Things you need

  • Unfinished wood wall plaque
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Stencils
  • Stencil adhesive
  • Rub-on transfers
  • Patterned paper
  • Beads, shells or stones
  • Clock hardware

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  1. 1

    Sand the wooden plaque using fine-grit sandpaper. Smooth the edges, and use the sandpaper to roughen the surface so it will accept paint.

  2. 2

    Cover the plaque with a coat of primer. Allow the primer to dry.

  3. 3

    Paint the plaque. Depending on how much embellishment you plan to add to the plaque, choose a neutral colour that coordinates with your decor or a colour that coordinates with your embellishments. Allow the paint to dry.

  4. 4

    Use stencils and paint to add images or letters to the plaque's surface. Attach the stencil using low-tack stencil adhesive or painter's tape, and apply paint using a dry brush and a circular motion. Practice your stencilling on a sheet of scrap paper first to perfect your technique and the look you want for your images.

  5. 5

    Apply a transfer image to your plaque, as an alternative to stencilling. Many craft and hobby stores sell packages of themed rub-on transfers. Cut the images from the rub-on sheet and arrange them on the plaque. When you are happy with the arrangement, remove the transfer backing and apply the transfer by rubbing the image with the tool enclosed in the package.

  6. 6

    Embellish your mini-plaque with patterned paper. Cut the paper to fit the face of the plaque, and adhere using a découpage medium; découpage medium dries clear with a smooth finish. Use several sheets of coordinating paper on several plaques to create a custom display.

  7. 7

    Add dimension to your plaque with beads, shells or stones. Use a hot glue gun to create a border of small shells to highlight a larger shell or starfish, for example.

  8. 8

    Use your unfinished plaque as the base for a custom wall clock. Purchase a clock kit at a craft or hardware store, and follow the instructions to attach the clock hardware to the plaque after you paint and embellish the plaque.

Tips and warnings

  • Some unfinished wall plaques are sold without hanging hardware. To hang your plaque, attach an inexpensive picture hanging hook, available at most home improvement retailers.

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