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..