I am working on my spring decorations and changing the mantle to a spring decor. I needed a little addition for the end on the mantel and decided I would use the left over wood fence scraps to make a wood plaque. I will be sharing the entire mantel in the next few weeks, but I wanted to start with the little projects I did to complete the spring decorations on the mantel. This post contains some affiliate links. Click here for my full disclosure policy.
I started by cutting the left over wood fence into 10 inch pieces. I used 2 of these 10 inch pieces along with some scraps to make this wood plaque. I stained the wood pieces with a dark walnut color and screwed the pieces together.
I used Cameron (Silhouette Cameo) to design and cut the pattern. I used contact paper for the pattern so I could adhere it onto the wood plaque and use it as my stencil.
Can anyone see what is wrong with the above pictures or should I say the layout and thought process? I placed the contact paper with the pattern side down because I thought to my-self, if I place the peel off part onto the sticky mat, I might have a hard time peeling the pattern off with the backing on! So, I cut and laid the pattern on the wood plaque. I peeled and placed the cross on the plaque. It did not hit me how stupid I was until I peeled the backing off of the “R”. I can’t lay the sticky part down without the “R” being backwards! DUH! I laughed for quite a while at my-self for having a “blonde” moment. I can’t help but to hear my husband say, “You can be so blonde sometimes”. I represent that statement too many times than I care to admit, but, this keeps the humor in our relationship because I am his entertainment!
I fixed the words on the template and placed on the plaque still laughing at myself. I used a cream latex paint and watered it down to a 50/50 recipe. I randomly painted the wood plaque because I wanted it to have a rustic feel.
I peeled off the template and found some spots where the white paint had bled into the letters. I mixed up some brown and black paint to match the stain color and touched up those spots.
I placed the plaque on my mantle. As I was photographing the wood plaque on the mantle, my husband passed by on his way to work and stated, “That would be a great piece to donate to the camp auction.”, which was the next evening. Our church owns a camp and we hold a benefit auction every year to raise funding for the camp scholarship fund. The funding supports family’s and campers that can’t afford to send their children to camp. So, the plaque sat on the mantle for an entire 2 minutes before my husband swept it off to church for the auction. I am off to make another wood plaque for the empty space on the mantle.