Monday, August 27, 2012

{DIY Photo Plaque}

Two weekends ago, I had a BIG DIY weekend.  First the flag, and then 2 photo plaques to complete my new mantle decor.  I have seen these floating around Pinterest and decided to take a swing at it.  We actually managed to get an awesome family portrait at the beach this year, as well as a pretty dramatic shot of the boys.  I wanted to display them both but didn't want to spend the money for frames.

I started off by purchasing two wooden plaques at Hobby Lobby, one to fit a 5x7 print and the other an 8x10 print.  I purchased both for less than $5.00.  I then printed the photos out on matte photo paper, which I already had handy.  I chose to leave the plaques as they were.  I toyed with the idea of staining them dark, but didn't want the mantle to be too heavy.  It was far less time consuming this way...just sayin'...and I think they balanced out the flag nicely.  If you want to try this project, you will also need Modge Podge (matte version), a paint brush or sponge, and a dry rag.

 Yes, I use my washer and dryer for projects.  It's the perfect height.  Don't judge!

Step 1: Brush a thin layer of MP on the wood plaque and let it dry completely.  This will establish a perfect base for your print.

Step 2: Once the first layer of MP has dried, bush another layer on the wood, as well as a the BACK of the photo.

Step 3: Carefully position the print onto the wood plaque.  I needed an extra set of hands for this part.  Once the MP has been brushed on the back of the print, it will become flimsy.  So, you really only have one shot at getting this right. 

Step 4: Once the print is positioned how you want it, use a thin rag to GENTLY smooth out any air bubbles.

Step 5: Add a thick layer of MP to the top of the print to seal it in.  It will be cloudy at first, but will dry clear.

Once it's dry, you are ready to display your photos.  This was super easy and much cheaper than purchasing frames.  Not to mention, your options are limitless!  You can paint them any color you want and the plaques come in tons of different shapes and sizes!

The finished product!!!

1 comment:

  1. looks great! i've been wanting to try this forever! love your flag, too :)