Thursday, February 07, 2008
I'm not sure if any of you saw this idea in the February Country Home, but I thought it was so cute, I immediately knew I wanted to try and make one. I continue to be a big fan of Matthew Mead's ideas and style and this project was just another example!
I will say that this project required more improvising than lots of crafts I've tried and there were many comments on the above link saying similar things. My biggest problem was that we don't have a color printer, so I just wasn't satisfied with the download quality. So, I will share with you what I did to sort of re-create the same project.
Supplies I used:
Unfinished wood 10 inch oval plaque
Pale yellow paint
1 piece of ivory cardstock
First, I painted the plaque a pale yellow (simply because I already had this paint and didn't want to purchase the off-white he suggested). It looked too new to me, so I wanted to age it somehow. I had lots of ideas, but the one I settled on was to rub it all over with a brown crayon (paper peeled off). After rubbing with crayon, rub with steel wool to desired "distressed" look. Here's how mine looked after this step:
Next, I needed some way to get script as the background. I didn't have any script scrapbook paper, no color printer and no access to a store that would have the appropriate paper. So, I decided to handwrite it myself. I wrote 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a over and over until I filled the entire plaque with a skinny brown marker. Note: I realized after I had finished this that my marker was washable, so I had to use a polyurethane spray over top to keep it from smearing. Here is how it looked after all this:
After this, I cut out the pattern, found here, using an x-acto knife. I used off-white card stock to make the tree. Then, I used Mod Podge to attach the tree to the plaque. After this dried, I cut out red felt hearts and glued them on by brushing Mod Podge onto the back. I haven't had good success with glue drying nicely on felt, but this worked great. Note on downloading the pattern: if you save the image to your computer and then open in Word, you can resize it to fit the plaque you have. I could not find a 14" plaque, so mine is 10".
When this was finished, I used a staple gun to attach a ribbon to the back and made a bow to hang the finished product from. I added a button over the nail to hide the head and here is the final outcome:
I like this so much, I may just leave it up past Valentine's Day! I've thought of several ways a tree can be paralleled to love in our lives. It grows, it reminds me of the tree that Jesus died on for our sins, it has seasons, etc...
What thoughts come to mind for you?