This is quick and easy. Lay out your washers, making sure none are touching, and spray paint. One good coat should do it. I only did the fronts and sides.
While you’re waiting for them to dry, paint your plaque. I went with a matte black and painted the back and sides. Two coats should do it.
While you’re waiting for that to dry, go browse your favorite blogs or Pinterest. That’s what I do 🙂
Adhere your scrapbook paper to the front of your plaque. I chose a cute paper that looks like old-school handwriting paper. Use a thin coat of Mod Podge to adhere it to the block. See how mine is bubbling a little? Usually, that’s okay. Just smooth it out as best you can, and often it will flatten as it dries.
Use your template to trace your shape. I used a clipart image for my apple, but you could freehand it if you’re artistic. I’m not.
Use your washers to fill in your shape. I started by using the large ones to outline, then filled in the rest of the apple with the smaller ones. I really just made this up as I went along, so just keep adding washers until you like how it looks.
A note- I chose the Gorilla super glue because it adheres to metal and dries translucent. Lesson learned- translucent is not the same as clear. There is some residue remaining that I’m going to have to clean up, but as far as I can tell, I can easily remove it with soap and water. Any ideas for a better glue?
Finally, cut out your leaves from some felt, and use hot glue or regular craft glue to adhere it. Don’t use the Gorilla Glue. The felt sucks it up and turns the leaves white-ish. So I’ve heard…..
I finished up by adding the teacher’s name and school year with some vinyl. I found this really cute “D’nealian”-esque font that went perfectly with the theme of my plaque. We don’t actually use D’nealian at our school- we use Spalding. But I’m using it anyway! Do you think she’ll care?
So that’s it! You’ve got a great teacher gift. I’d love to see how else you use this idea. Pumpkins for fall? A monogram for a wedding gift? A wreath for Christmas? Share them with me at my blog or on Facebook, and you just might be featured!
Thanks again for having me here at The CSI Project!