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.
-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.