Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chistmas Gift Plaque

The homemade Christmas streak continues for my mother.  In addition to the sheet music topiary, I made her this initial wall plaque. 

There is something so gratifying about handmade, and for me, the joy of handmade is magnified when I can "repurpose" and thrift my way to a beautiful, "new" creation.

This plaque started out as Halloween decore I got at Ross five years.  I liked it, but decided I could let it go for the sake of something better (anyone else ever have that happen?).

I slapped on a few coats of acrylic paint in the color "Sand."

Here is a little something I got at Goodwill for fifty cents.

It got a "Sand" paint, vintage sheet music, and Mod Podge treatment.

Here is some pretty black toile scrapbook paper I got at Hobby Lobby.

I decoupaged it onto the larger plaque.

Then I glued the smaller plaque onto the larger one.

I bought a $.99 chipboard "I" and painted it black. 

I also smudged a little of the taupe paint on the edges to make it look weathered.  Then the initial went onto the top of the smaller piece.

Two little wooden accents got a coat of black paint and Mod Podge to finish it.

And they were placed on the top and bottom of the large plaque.

The end!

Another handmade gift completed!

(P.S., I linked this to Someday Crafts and Trendy Treehouse.  Please see their buttons at their permanent home on my sidebar!)


  1. Great gift idea, and I love when its super cheap an handmade. Great ideas!

  2. What a good way to repurpose something...I have a few things that I think should have some new life breathed into them :)

  3. Hi Kelly...

    Ohhh...I love your initial plaque! It turned out sooo pretty...love all the pretty papers that you chose! You're such a creative and talented lady! Thank you for sharing your project with us...I know that your mom is going to adore her gift!!!

    Well my friend, I just wanted to stop by to say thank you for coming by for a visit the other day! I really enjoyed your sweet note and warm wishes! Thank you, Kelly!!!

    Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  4. How pretty! Your mom will just love it! You incorporated so many things into this project that I love: toile (I adore it!), the wooden appliques, which I love to use, too, and Mod podge! And I also really like how you used a plaque you already had on hand as a base! The heart in your next post turned out great, too! Happy Thanksgiving!


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