It's the second Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another Monthly DIY Challenge!
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.
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.
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.
I attached the new hardware with gorilla glue then made custom labels in PicMonkey.
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.
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
If you're making these to hang on the wall, you'll also want to add these hooks.
Now it's time to check out the other fabulous metallic projects.