14 November 2012

DIY: Wooden Name Plaque

Since I am WAY behind on getting Easton's room in order, I thought maybe if I did a little project for it, it would light a fire under you-know-what. So, I scoured Pinterest for a cool project that would incorporate his name. I found lots of neat ideas, but decide to just sort of wing it. And this is what I came up with.

Truly, this was the least expensive project ever. Here are the supplies I used:
  • 5" wooden letters from Hobby Lobby. $1.49/ea
  • A piece of scrap wood from Home Depot $.50

    All of the stuff below, I already had.
  • Paint. I used left over paint from a home project!
  • Wood stain
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Measuring Tape
  • Level
So the total cost to me was less than $10! Score.

This project is pretty self-explanatory but here's what I did :-)

1. I painted the wooden board white, while it was drying, I started on the letters.

2. Originally, I was going to spray paint the letters blue. But decided against it because I wanted to make something that wasn't so "kid-ish".

So instead, I stained the wooden letters. I used Minwax's Jacobean. The letters were just a cheapy MPI Wood, and they took the stain very quickly. So I did one letter at a time and wiped off the stain immediately after putting it on. My only complaint, there were some interesting divots in some of the letters that I only noticed after the stain dried. Ah well. I like it anyway.

3. After the white paint dried on the plaque, I sanded down the edges for a distressed look.

4. I then applied a tiny bit of stain to all of the sanded edges, so that the color around the edges would match the stained letters.

After staring at it for a while, I realized I didn't like the bright white. There was just too much contrast between the white board and the dark stained letters. So I applied stain over the entire board and again, immediately wiped it off. And because I applied the stain to paint (and not wood), I knew that it would stay tacky for a few days, so I just left it to dry for 2 days.

 I am really glad that I stained the entire plaque. It's hard to see in this bottom picture, but it's more of a cream color, instead of the stark white.

5. Now it was time to glue down the letters. (sorry for the icky picture, I did it at night after the kiddos went to bed). I used measuring tape and a pencil to mark 2" from either side and about 1" from the top and 1" from the bottom. I put the tape down as a guide so I could make sure the letters were even across the bottom.

After that, I just glued the letters down. I kinda just eyeballed them as to how far apart to put them between my edge marks. With the Gorilla Glue, it foams up and bleeds pretty badly, so be sure that you only use a very small amount. I'd also suggest clamping the letters down to the board to make sure they don't wiggle around. It takes 3-4 hours to dry.

And that's it!! I was originally going to hammer in a sawtooth hanger on the back so I could put the name plaque on the wall, but after sitting it up on his dresser, I kinda like it there better. Only thing is that since I didn't oringally plan to do that, the board I got isn't thick enough to withstand much wobbling, so I  might need to figure out something to support the back with, if I'm going to leave it sitting up.

So, easy, right?! I'm really happy with how it turned out!


Kiara Buechler said...

Is looks great, very classy!

Sara @ Our Life Blog said...

too cute! looks great!! :)

Pieni Lintu said...

Looks great!

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Hannah Rebekah said...

Super cute idea Mandy!! :)

Love, Chelsea said...

Love it! see, you are super crafty and you didn't even know it!

Meagan said...

Way to go crafty friend! I love this. I've GOT to get to some of those projects on my list! Thanks for the tips! :)

Andie Zimmerman said...

For the back to the plaque, get an el cheapo book stand (like a metal one). Or, if you have extra L-shaped hanging bracket for curtains, that might work too. Looks great!

Southern Wifey said...

very cute! i love how simple it looks. I tend to go overboard on diy things, so i might have to try this
the sweet life of a southern wife

Tara said...

I love it! I love all the projects you've been doing!

Summer said...

I love how this turned out!!