There is absolutely no reason to go out and spend a lot of money on a fancy award plaque when you can make one yourself. With a little bit of creativity, a piece of wood and some acrylic paint, you can make a more memorable award plaque than any professional company could.
If you happen to own and know how to operate, a jig saw, you can cut your own wood background in whatever pattern you would like it to be. If you aren’t very handy with a jig saw, don’t sweat yet. Local craft shops and some discount departments have precut wood already for you to sand, prime and finish.
Before doing anything to your wood plaque after it has been cut to your specifications, you will need to sand and prime your wood for painting. The primer you will be using isn’t the white, thick wall primer, but a somewhat thick translucent liquid. These types of wood sealers can be bought at any craft or hardware store. It is very important that you take the time to prepare your wood before placing anything on it. The paint will not adhere for very long on unsealed wood and the sealer won’t adhere to a not sanded piece of wood.
Using fine-grit sandpaper, gently sand every wooden are of your wood. This means the corners and edges, too. After your sanding is complete, you may now apply a thin coat of your wood sealer. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions before applying.
After the wood is completely dry, you will need to sand the wood again. This will loosen the rough edges that were left behind and brought out by the sealer. You may now apply another coat of your sealer and allow it to dry completely.
Now that your wood is set to go, you will have hopefully picked out your background color. A simple light honey pine stain or perhaps a bold mahogany stain to make your base. Most usually choose the lighter colors, but it completely up to you. Stain your wood according to the manufacturer’s directions.
The edges of your plaque can either be painted a solid, dark color to give your plaque a frame effect or simply left the color of your base.
If you’re not skilled at freehand painting, there are several options for you to choose from. Stencils are a simple option to keep all letters symmetrical. A label maker that spits out clear labels will easily adhere to a small gold or silver rectangle which you may attach to your plaque. Painting a name and title on a separate piece of wood and then attaching it to your award is also a nice, personal touch.
Many of the craft stores have simple object cut-outs, some already pre-painted, which you can place on your plaque to add yet another personal touch.
Whatever your handmade award plaque is for, you can be sure that the recipient will be even more honored when they find out that you handcrafted this plaque by yourself.Whatever your handmade