DIY Silhouettes, Air Plants & Wooden Plaques
A silhouette of springtime tulips to enjoy in winter, an airplant perch, and a glass tube vase—a little vintage, a little rustic, these three wooden plaque projects would be at home in a Victorian sun room or a woodland lodge.
Every so often you stumble on something that sends the mind reeling with project possibilities. And so it was with these wooden plaques. They're light, inexpensive, ready to stain and paint, and styled in different bevels and sizes. I found them at Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric. Here are three wooden plaque projects—Victorian-style silhouette paintings, a wall-mounted air plant holder, and an industrial-rustic tube vase. Industrial, rustic, and vintage, they display your plant collection in a style that would be at home in a sunny sitting room, or a woodland lodge.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Wood stain (I used Jacobean and Special Walnut)
Paintbrushes—one for stain and polyurethane, and several small brushes for the silhouettes
Stylus (for tracing silhouette; I used a clay-sculpting pen)
Metal name plates & screws (I searched everywhere and finally found them at Collage. They are in Portland, Oregon, but they can ship to you.)
Paper & pen (for insert cards)
Sawtooth picture hangers
Spray paint (optional)
10. After staining (I used a lighter stain here—Special Walnut) and varnishing the plaque, get your U-bolts, glass vase, ruler, and pencil. I repurposed the vase from a set of glass spice-rack tubes, or you can purchase them here. A slightly smaller U-bolt at the bottom will support the tube; a larger upper U-bolt will allow it to comfortably slide in. Using appropriately-sized drill bits (the size of the U-bolt), drill four holes for the upper and lower U-bolts.