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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DIY Wood Photo Plaques {Monthly DIY Challenge}


It's the second Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another Monthly DIY Challenge!

{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four

This month's theme was "metallic paint" and I decided to use my favorite metallic gold spray paint to make a couple wood photo plaques for my recently updated gallery wall.  They ended up being a great addition and I love that I can easily swap out the kids pictures or artwork. 

{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four



I kept my favorite saw unplugged for this project and opted to go with precut wood instead.  I found mine at Michael's, but you can probably find the same wood at any craft store. The wood comes in various sizes and is perfect for those who don't own a saw.
{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four
I painted each wood piece in one coat of Americana Everlasting chalk paint then sprayed my hardware with Valspar metallic spray paint.  I have to say, I've tried many different gold spray paints and this one is hands down my favorite.
{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four

{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four

If you are really observant, you'll notice that the clips and labels in the "after" picture are not the ones pictured above.  I often start projects with a plan in my head, which quickly changes as I start putting things together.  If I'm not 100% happy with how things are turning out, I raid my craft drawers until I find something that works better.  

In this case, I ended up finding bigger clips and labels that were much more proportionate with the size of wood I was using.

{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four
I attached the new hardware with gorilla glue then made custom labels in PicMonkey.
{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four
I was originally going to stop here, but the plaques seemed a bit too plain.  They needed a little more bling, so I sprayed a few gold brads and added them to each corner.  
{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four
To avoid splitting the wood (which I did anyway!) I predrilled holes with a small drill bit. You see that drill bit in the picture above?  Yeah, don't use one that big.  It ended up splitting the wood and I had to move to a smaller bit.  #bloggerfail
{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four
If you're making these to hang on the wall, you'll also want to add these hooks.  
{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four

{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four

{Monthly DIY Challenge} DIY Wood Photo Plaques - Little House of Four

Now it's time to check out the other fabulous metallic projects.  





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12 comments:

  1. These are seriously so sweet! I love the bold black/gold/natural color combo. Those little labels just get me - I think they're my favorite part!

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    1. Thanks Erica! Black/gold and white has been my favorite combination lately :)

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  2. Katie, I love these! The labels at the bottom are the best part!

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    1. Thank you Bre! The labels are my favorite part too!

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  3. These are so cool, Katie! Love the gold brads you added to the corners.

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    1. Thanks Amy! They were a happy last minute addition :)

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  4. I cannot get the hang of using Pic Monkey. I need an A B C directions. Any help out there?? I tried but nothing changes in the picture.......HELP

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    1. Hi Sandy! It took me a bit to get the hang of PicMoney too. I'll work on a step by step guide detailing how to create labels that I'll share soon.

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  5. These are SO cute and creative! They would be so nice for school pictures with the year, or vacations--what a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the Pretty Project Party!

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  6. Hi Katie,
    I love the idea! Where can I find the nails/screws you use for this project? Thank you so much for all the good ideas!

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