Friday, February 8, 2013

Rustic Plaque

I'm just getting a parcel together to send to my daughter, Taryn,  and I thought I'd make something for her.  Here it is...

It might not be "her thing", but I had fun making it!

I started with well-weathered lumber.  I cut 4 pieces 12" long.  I then cut one of the pieces in half .  These two pieces will sit at the bottom of the boards, one on the front and one on the back, as the base.

I glued all the boards together, then further secured them using an air nailer.  Once together I sanded the boards.

I made a flower pattern on paper, cut it out and traced it onto 1/4" thick mdf board.  I used my scrollsaw to cut the flower.

I then found a font on the computer which would be easy to cut out of wood.  Again, made a paper pattern, traced the letters onto 1/4" mdf and cut the letters using my scrollsaw.  Once I had all the pieces cut, I sanded them using 100 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper.

The flower initial idea was to use a wood button...didn't have anything big enough.  So, I scrounged through all of my husband's scrap metal, bolts, screws, washers, etc.  This is what I found that I thought would work as a flower center.  Kinda rustic...

I placed everything on the plaque and drilled a hole (for the bolt to fit through) where the flower center would be...

I stained everything with dark walnut by Minwax.  Once dry, I painted the flower with "sandbar" and the letters with "blue mist" by Decoart.  Once dry, I lightly sanded the edges to allow the stain to be revealed, giving the pieces an aged look.

I secured everything with wood glue and inserted the flower center (the bolt) through the hole and secured it with a "nut" on the back.

 Hope she likes it!!


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  1. Too cute & you are oh so handy! Thanx for sharing. Tiffany

  2. Wow, that is so cute! I am sure she'll love it! Thanks for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  3. I like your creativity. Very cute. Love the center of flower.

  4. I stopped by from Funky Junk's SNS party. This is super cute. Love the center of the flower too!

  5. Lesa, it looks great! Pinned it :)

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

  6. Very cool. So creative. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link up. Thanks.

  7. So cute! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

  8. This is really cute. Great tutorial.

    We would also like to invite you to link up with us at our link party which goes live tonight:

    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

  9. Love it. I'll have to make one.

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