A Wood Craft Memorial


Wood Crafting Memorial

In another article we discussed how you can use canvas and paint to create a commemorative memorial portrait of a loved one. And if painting wasn’t in your interest or skill set, you could use a photograph and digital techniques to create a memorable image, which would be placed on a variety of media via a Print on Demand provider like Cafepress. We’ve made many designs over several subject areas at our own Keen Designs store.

But if neither of these options is your style, you can try wood crafting as your media and still make a nice memorial. Here I show how I used wood crafting to make a memorial for a favorite long time pet, our beloved Skippy. Don’t you think the plaque honor’s Skippy well?

I started this project with an unfinished wooden plaque purchased in a craft store. You can get them on line now, like the Darice 9179-63 Wooden Assorted Plaque, 7-Inch – x 6 PC assortment.

The base part of the plaque is the purchased, unfinished wood plaque which is stained and lacquered before additional parts are added.

The next major component is an image of your person or pet. It can be a characterization that you draw or paint, or an actual photograph.

Finally, you can use scrap booking materials to embellish and ornately label your craft plaque. Something like the MEGA Scrapbooking Supply Assortment with Acid Free Scrapbook Box – Over 30 Sets of Frames, Stickers, Captions, and Seasonal Collections (Purple), which offers a lot of options.


Preparing the Plaque

Above you see picture of the stained and lacquered wood craft plaque, and next to it a textured craft paper cut and trimmed to serve as a face plate.

As you can see, the plaque in this case has been stained only on the edges, as the rest will be covered with the textured mask. You could also stain the face and apply your picture and scrap booking materials to that if you wish.

I like to have a textured face on my plaques, so I cut a piece of textured
craft paper to fit the face of the plaque. This textured craft paper makes a
nice mat-like surface for the other components, and materials glue well to

This image shows the stained wood plaque with the textured craft paper face attached.

Now it’s ready for the rest of the materials.

For the finished plaque shown at the top of this page, the next important element was a photograph of our pet, Skippy.


Finishing a Wood Craft Plaque

After placing a photograph of Skippy in the center of the wood craft plaque, I coated the photograph with Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish to protect it.

Next, I proceeded to embellish the surrounding area of the plaque with some scrapbooking materials which I obtained from a craft store. There are many assortments of scrapbooking supplies available online, like the EK Success Brands Decorative Sticko Stickers, Pals. Some of the embellishments I added are:

  • A leash, bordering the picture. The leash was in a scrapbooking assortment
  • A cross, dog house, bone, fire hydrant, and other doggie goodies from a scrapbooking assortment.
  • Numbers, used to show the birth and death dates of our little pet.
  • Letters and designs at the bottom, spelling out our pet’s name.
  • Some larger letters at the bottom, spelling out Good Dog.
  • A gold braid, similar to the Old Gold Gimp Braid Trim available online, around the the plaque, with a doggy pendant at the bottom.


Another Commemorative Plaque Example

Shown above is another example of how to commemorate a loved one. In
this case, an obituary with a photograph of the loved one are the center
piece of the plaque, with remembrances associated with the loved one
as decorations.

For an artistic aging effect, I used a soldering iron to burn the
edges of the obituary.

Again, I used Mod Podge to coat the photograph and obituary, which will
give a lasting protective surface.

This kind of commemoration can give you or someone you know years of

It’s easy to do, makes a wonderful commemoration to a loved one, so give it a try.

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