Recycled Laminate Floor Planks

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We recently had our floors re-done in laminate flooring.. There were several left-over planks of various sizes... Here is what I've been doing with them.. They have been well received by family and friends. This is an easy and fun project, a great way to recycle and makes a wonderful gift for family and friends...
Follow my easy steps and you too can have these beautiful plaques for your home.

Step 1: Sand and Prime

Lightly sand and prime the laminate plank..let dry.

Step 2: Paint

Using any house paint or craft paint, paint in your choice of colors... let dry.

Step 3: Gather Materials

You can use a variety of materials to glue onto your plaque.. such as - anything from the internet that you can print, wrapping paper, napkins, pictures and postcards...etc.
I like to use wrapping paper or printed verses.

Step 4: From Printer

Verses and phrases from printer.

Step 5: From Wrapping Paper

Any favorite theme from wrapping paper.

Step 6: Mix Glue and Water

Mix 3 parts white glue to 1 part water.. brush onto the laminate and adhere your cut-out pictures..

Step 7: Brush Entire Plaque With Glue

Brush the entire top of the plaque with the glue.. Glue will go on white but will dry clear..
Make sure to get out any air bubbles caught under the paper... use an old credit card to smooth it out or you can use your fingers... let dry..

Step 8: Top Coat

Use shellac or polyurathane and apply a protective top coat to the plaque.. let dry completely..

Step 9: Attach Hanger

Attach a hanger in the back.... and you're done!!!

Step 10: Another Example

Here is one I made for my kitchen... it says " Good Food, Good Wine, Good Friends" in Italian... I used a cocktail napkin for the bottles and circles, and printed out the verse.

Step 11: Sweet Dreams

Here is one I made for the bedroom.... using only paints and letter stencils... Made in under one hour!!!

Step 12: Finished Product

I drilled some holes on this one and attached a gold cord for hanging.

Step 13: Love Poem

This was a very lengthy poem.. so I turned the laminate vertically.. I made it for my sister, so I added two tiny hooks and attached a sister plaque... I know she will love it!!

Step 14: Embelish

Embelish as you wish..



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    Dear Mrs Nap These plagues are Beautiful.. I Love the sister Love Poem.. & you put much care ~love & time into your wood project,the vertical plague, Yes , it's unique & different. It would fit perfectly displayed by the entry hall as a token of welcome to all friends family guests & neighbors.. Awesome job, keep up the great Work.. God Bless Take care Mille :>

    Hi Millefeori, I can't thank you enough for all your wonderful comments.. I truly appreciate your kind words and compliments.. The sister plaque is a special gift for my sister -- she had a favorite poem that she loved and I decided to put it on the plaque for her with a little plaque hanging from the bottom.. I was going to give it to her as a surprise... but I think she spotted it on this website!! lol.. oh well... Thanks again for all your comments... Regards, Anna

    Ok, mrsnap1, I have a question, I have done a few of these, every time I put the glue on the top to help seal it, the ink on my pictures run. Even if I wait 24 hrs to put the glue on, it still runs, looks awful. Whats the trick to that?

    If you want a more antique look for your writing, I used to make antique labeling. Just print phrases out like you did, but take the paper and scrunch it up in a ball one way, then unfold it and scrunch it up the opposite way... Do this a few times and then unfold the paper you're working with and you can stack up to 10 or so in a 13 x 9 pan and pour strong, hot tea (coffee works, but I find tea has a richer color) over the paper and it will stain them. The scrunching texturizes the surface of the paper, and it gives it a more antique look. You could probably do it to all elements, actually, if you wanted to use this idea to make some vintage signs or something similar.

    This is great.  im going to make door plaques for my grandkids.  Im disabled and trying to make a few extra bucks, this may be a way i can do it.  Im sure going to give it a try.  Well done   JIM

    An incredible idea! Your talents never cease to amaze me, Cuz. Good luck!

    MrsNap.....Love your idea! Your easy to follow "how to " directions are GREAT A+++++ !! I am pleased that your recycling laminated wood. That is so important now...I give you the GREEN AWARD TOO !!! Love your signs, and keep up the good work. I have a friend who sells her signs for over $100.00. Keep in mind the hours and detail you put into each project. It is always hard to put a price on something that was made from the heart! Good Luck at your shows. Sue

    Dear sueartnow.. you mentioned that your friend also hand designs signs.. how Fabulous, is she selling them on this site for $100.00 may I ask if she sold any of her wood signs? & from what parts of the globe does your friend reside ?...
    Dear sueatnow, we live in a very confusing stressful lopsided economy & times are a changing, eh!!!, money is becoming sacred for some not willing to spend it, due to the higher cost of living, but i wish your friend much success in all that she creates ~is this is her only source or means of income...???
    May I ask also how did you find this one particular website *winks* .. & is your Friend on here? .. i would love to see some of her wood signs.. :)
    Have a pleasant & beautiful evening..
    happy in thought & happy in Art & design...mille :)

    Dear MrsNap Hi again ..
    I'm sorry I delayed on responding.. We've had some Bad Storms that Kicked out our Internet. I'm back today.. I see you left me a message..
    Well, Hon, the price on the laminates all depends on the size of the wood piece,& all of the fine Detailing that you put into each piece..
    Hmmm it's hard to say on what is the Best Price Ummmm but let's say around $40 to $50 Dollars for the largest pieces the most decorative & for the small pieces let's say $10 to $15 Dollars.. I've never sold anything in my life, you should get the best price offer for sure.

    I Hope that this answered your question I Think it sounds like a a fair Price that most individuals are willing to pay..
    After - all it's all hand designed. you're so talented.. thank you
    MrsNap, please keep me posted if you're planning on selling your lament art pieces..
    Have an Awesome Beautiful Arts & Crafty Sunshiny Day
    mille :>

    Hello !! Also one more mention, Are you considering On Selling your Art Wood Floor planks online ..? & how much $$$ Thank You :)