This plaque was so easy to make and such fun. I got the idea from another site and found out that the metal half trucks could be purchased from Hobby Lobby. They have saw tooth picture hangers on the back making it easy to attach them to the wood.
I had a piece of wood that was 12×18 and it was stained barn wood gray. Living in Wisconsin I like to go into the winter months with a bunch of wood pre stained and ready to go. I hate the smell of stain indoors. I then just typed the words, I think I used Magnolia sky for the font. I welded the words and then resized them accordingly. I cut them from vinyl using my 15″ KNK Maxx. Then I simply applied them to the wood using clear transfer tape. I put 2 screws into the wood to hold the truck and it was good to go. So cute, so simple!
I had a request for a family tree. The person sent me an image of what she wanted and I was able to duplicate it fairly close. First I stained my wood.
Then I cut my tree in vinyl and weeded the tree out.
I then applied the vinyl to the stained wood and made sure that it was adhered well.
Then I painted the tree using a dry brush method…dipping the brush into the paint, painting most of the paint off onto a paper towel and then painting the plaque. The result was very faint so I kept applying layers until my white was nice and bright.
I then removed the vinyl. I cut leaves from various colors of vinyl and then cut the names from vinyl and applied them to the leaves. I then applied the leaves to the tree. I cut the family name and applied that. It was a fairly easy project and while the dry brush paint method was slow it was therapeutic and the result was no bleeding.