Do you ever happen upon the clearance aisle at the craft store, fill your cart with all sorts of materials and surfaces that scream I-could-do-something-with-this, and then dump them in a drawer when you get home and promptly forget about them? Yeah, me too. I am notorious for bringing home things that I think I can someday make something out of. And then they pile up in my craft room for… let’s just say for a while. So I was pretty excited when my friend Sarah from Flourish & Knot suggested putting together a blogger challenge, called There for the Making, where we would only use things we already had on-hand to create something new. Genius, right!?!?
One of my favorite aisles at Michaels is their wood blanks aisle. It’s always full of neat wood surfaces and shapes just begging to be turned into wall art and home decor. And when this aisle gets confetti’d with yellow clearance stickers, I go nuts. Problem is, I get the crafty version of writer’s block once I get them home and have no idea what to make with them. But this challenge was the perfect opportunity to finally create something. I pulled out this cute “Hello Sunshine” sign and started thinking. After some debate and browsing DIY wall art ideas online, I decided to try painting the sign with watercolors to make my own wood plaque art!
And it worked!
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How to make your own wood plaque art:
- Wood plaque
- I found mine at Michaels
- Sakura Watercolors Field Sketch Set
- Watercolor brush
- Martha Stewart Iridescent Glitter
- Mod Podge Matte Finish
- DecoArt Americana Decor Metallics in Pearl
- Art canvas
- Hot glue gun and glue stick
1.) Grab your Sakura Watercolors Set and start painting your wood plaque in small sections. The paint won’t flow and bleed as easily as it does on watercolor paper, so working in small sections will keep it from drying too quickly!
2.) While the wood plaque is drying, grab a plain art canvas. Mine is about 10″ x 10″. Paint the canvas with the DecoArt Metallics paint. I used Pearl, which is a shimmery white, to add a subtle sheen to the backdrop, but you could use any color you like.
3.) To add glitter around the edge of the wood plaque, brush Mod Podge on in small sections, then coat generously with the iridescent glitter. Turn the plaque over and tap it a few times to remove excess glitter. Work over a piece of paper so you can pour the excess back into the glitter container. Work your way around the plaque until the entire edge is glitterized (that’s a word, right?), then set it aside to dry.
4.) Once dry, heat up a hot glue gun and generously coat the back of the wood plaque with glue. Center it on the canvas and press down gently for a minute or two until the plaque is adhered to the canvas.
I love the cheerful colors on this wall art and it’s totally getting me in the mood for Spring! I wish I could splash these pinks, purples, and yellows around our home with the flick of a brush. I’m also pleased-slash-surprised that watercolors look this cool on wood… this is a total game-changer, guys! My mind is swirling with ideas now!
Plus I’m thrilled that I finally used items from my craft stash. Kind of like de-cluttering… but not, haha! Be sure to check out the other clever projects my blog friends are sharing today! You can start by hopping over to my friend Meg’s blog, Green with Decor, and following the loop from there!
We’ll be back in April with a special Earth Day edition of There for the Making. For now, I hope you’ll pour yourself another cup of coffee and visit the other bloggers participating in our no-spend DIY series. All of these projects prove that we have hidden craft and DIY possibilities waiting in our homes! It IS possible to be creative without spending a dime!
There for the Making – February Challenge!
DIY Birch Business Card Holder by Minty Green Dream
Chalk Paint Chair Makeover by 2 Bees in a Pod
Sponge-Painted Picture Frame Makeover by Flourish & Knot
DIY Chalkboard Monogram by Personally Andrea
Gemstone Wrap Bracelet by Lifeovereasy
“Hello Sunshine” Wall Art by Two Purple Couches
St. Patrick’s Day Wine Bottle Makeover by Green with Decor
DIY Barn Board Mirror – Ikea Hack by Vin’yet Etc.
DIY Organizational Clipboard by DIY Passion
Geometric Planter by Love Create Celebrate
Toilet Paper Roll Turned Plastic Bag Holder by Design Inside the Box
Chair Makeover by Simple Nature Decor
Vintage Toolbox Turned Craft Storage by My Creative Days
What a bright addition! It is so pretty and perfect to welcome spring!
Thank you Lindsay!
I know exactly what you mean! I have lots of stuff in my craft drawer that has never been opened. That’s why this challenge is perfect for us. 🙂 The wood plaque is super cute.
Thanks Maria! I’m really looking forward to this challenge – such a great idea for finally getting to those projects that pile up!
I love this!! It’s the perfect way to remember that spring is coming!!
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Thanks Meg! I am SO looking forward to Spring!
Oh I love this sun, so pretty and who couldn’t use more sun in their lives? I adore water colour and adding that sparkle was so smart!
Thank you Laurie!
Haha so guilty in the craft aisle too! I currently have a multi-pack of those exact art canvases… maybe I need some wood plaques to go with them???
I’m so glad I’m not alone 😉 And I totally think you need some wood plaques to use with your canvases!
This is what we need for the gloomy days of winter! Beautiful work!!
I love these wood plaques but never know what to do with them! Thank you so much for the beautiful inspiration.
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Thank you Sarah!
This is so cute, and the perfect pop of color for spring!
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It looks so, so pretty! I love it!
Your first paragraph totally described me! My resolution this year was to use up some of my supplies before buying new ones. Love the idea of this challenge and your wall art is just beautiful!
Thank you Meredith! It’s so tempting to buy new supplies; I may have to ban myself from the craft store for a few months 😛
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Such a cheerful project! Amazing what we find in our craft cupboards, right? Looking forward to doing a little “craft clean up” as we continue with this challenge 🙂
Thanks Dani! I’m looking forward to working my way through my existing supplies, too. I’ve certainly acquired plenty over the past few years 😉
I love the idea of water coloring it! It turned out so bright and cheery! Perfect for spring.
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Thanks Amy! I’m happy it worked as well as it did!