Picture Plaque Tutorial

Three years ago, my grandfather passed away. And recently, my grandmother just moved out of the house that they bought while my mom was still in high school to move into an assistant living home near one of my aunts, so I wanted to do something special for her. Her birthday is this week so while my mom and all her sisters were going through my grandparent’s house, getting ready to sell it, I asked her to grab me a couple pictures of my grandparents when they were young. She sent me this picture and I just loved it! So off to work I went! I wanted to make her something that she could easily hang somewhere and remember my grandfather and all the good times they shared in their 64 years (I think) of marriage. I’ve seen something similar to this throughout blogland but the pictures are on canvases. I decided to use a wood plaque instead.

How to:

-Wooden plaque
-Acrylic paint- I used cream
-Mod Podge (forgot to include in picture)
-Stickers or you can cut out the letters

First, I scanned my picture into my computer and then printed it out on a regular sheet of printer paper as an 8×10.

Next, paint the wooden plaque the color of your choosing.

I then added ink to the edges of my plaque to give it a more aged look.

I place my large picture on the plaque and decided how I wanted to place it. I then just pressed around the edges of the plaque to crease the picture so I knew where to trim my picture. I trimmed off the excess and then decided to tear the edges instead of leaving them straight. I just tore a little at a time and place it periodically on the plaque until I liked what I had.

I also inked the edges of the picture to cover up any white that showed when I tore it.

Time to Mod Podge the picture to the plaque.

I then wanted to write something sweet on the picture so I chose the phrase “Forever and Always.” I was originally going to use stickers but all the stickers I had were just a little too large so I just cut them out on my cricut and glued them down instead.

View from the top of it all glued down.

Everything is all Mod Podge and now has a little shine.

To make it easier for her to hang it I used a stapler to attach ribbon to the back. I then glued the ribbon down over the staples so they did not mess up the wall.

And here is the final result! I love how it came out!

I got a call from my grandmother yesterday after she received it and she said she LOVED it! She said she cried for about 30 mins after opening it as a flood of memories came rushing back to her. I asked her what the picture is from and she said it was from when my grandpa came home on leave from the Army during WWII. So that makes me love this picture even more!

There you have it! The project is pretty fast and easy. And the possibilities are endless. If you make one I would love for you to share it with me!

I will be linking up to these parties.

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  • Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner]
    July 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    This may not be the case in real life. . . but at least in pictures, I think it's crazy how similar you look to your grandmother when she was young!
    That's another great idea! Thanks for sharing :]

  • Amanda@The Hand Me Down House
    July 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Absolutely adorable, Allison! I love this! You did a great job – and thanks for the wonderful tutorial! 🙂

  • The Harris Family
    July 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    This turned out so sweet. I love the picture and your great project.

  • Jemsmom
    July 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Amy, that is fabulous! What a wonderful, thoughtful gift! You are too sweet!

  • Breanna
    July 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    This is just beautiful. I can understand why it made your grandma cry!

  • Nana's Fun Stuff
    July 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Allison it turned out so cute!! What a special gift for her. Love it and thanks for sharing this!

  • Alison
    July 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    This is truly splendid! And I *adore* that picture!!

  • Leslie
    July 30, 2010 at 1:58 am

    stunning photo!!!! I love what you have done with it.

  • Jenglamgirl
    July 30, 2010 at 4:04 am

    darling, LOVE IT, AND THE OLD photo… wonderful!

    YOU HAVE also been featured on my Craft blog! WHIPPIE!!! jenn

  • Anonymous
    July 30, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Absolutely Gorgeous! That is so sweet of you to make this for your grandmother!! This is such a great idea. I hope to do this one day, maybe with a photo of my father who passed away almost five years ago. Seems as though he left us just yesterday 🙁
    Thanks for sharing!

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    July 30, 2010 at 7:52 am

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  • Sharon's New Life
    July 30, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I think this is a beautiful gift for your grandmother… I know she had to love it!
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    July 30, 2010 at 1:22 pm

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  • Sihui
    July 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    That's such a lovely gift for someone! I'll share this tutorial with my readers. Thanks:]

  • Victoria
    July 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Wow, that looks fabulous! What a great idea:) Thank you for the tutorial.

  • Val
    July 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I love it!!!

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    July 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm

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  • Debbie
    July 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I just love this Allison, it is so very very sweet and special. Have a great weekend. Debbie

  • Nicole@Whimsy-Lane
    July 31, 2010 at 1:14 am

    What a beautiful present with such a special story. I think the torn edge on the pictures is the perfect finishing detail. Great job!

  • Heather
    July 31, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I love this! I featured it check it out and grab a button!

  • MammaKerr
    July 31, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful thoughtful gift! I love the photo – your grandparents looked so cute together! 🙂

    I'm a new follower from NFF. Pleased to meet you!

    Have a lovely weekend!..


  • Anne
    July 31, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I love this idea and I absolutely love old pictures!

  • Em
    August 1, 2010 at 2:35 am

    That is so adorable and sweet! 🙂

  • Staci J
    August 1, 2010 at 5:22 am

    That's such a thoughtful gift, i about cried too when reading about your grandmother's reaction to it! Seriously, so sweet!
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  • Biljana
    August 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Allison!
    Absolutely beautiful:)))
    I am your newest follower, come to visit my blog.
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

  • Lesley
    August 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I LOVE this….what a fabulous Idea…and it turned out amazing!!! you did a great job!

  • Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming
    August 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Allison, What a fantastic idea. These would make the best memorable gifts! I love the finishing technique you used. It looks fabulous – Fantastic job. I have featured this today – stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • Pam
    August 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    What a great thing to do and is a perfect gift for your grandmother. I'm new here and will enjoy seeing how creative you are!

  • Keep Calm and Decorate
    August 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Sorry, I just now saw this post. I took a mini-vacation the end of last week and this weekend and I am trying to catch up now. All I have to say is WOW, you are so creative! I have some old pictures of my grandparents that I didn't know what to do with. Thanks for the great idea! 🙂

  • Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas
    August 4, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Oh, this is just wonderful!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Madigan at madiganmade
    August 4, 2010 at 2:13 am

    This is so sweet and personal. I love the words, too. Please consider sharing this project at The Weekend Word Search – a new link party I'm starting this weekend about words and quotes. Yours fits perfectly!

  • Leslie
    August 4, 2010 at 7:11 am

    What a great idea! I am sure your grandma will always treasure this fabulous project! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

  • simplydesigning.blogspot.com
    August 6, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Oh this is beautiful! I love it! what a great way to display an old photo!

    Thanks for linking up!

  • Melissa
    August 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Aw, this is such a sweet gift. I can see why your grandma was so touched when she received it!

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