Make This Endearing Commemorative Plaque
If you want to honor or commemorate a person you're close to, or even
honor a favorite pet, you can make a wood craft plaque like the one pictured
The plaque shown above was created to commemorate one of our favorite pet
dogs that passed away in 2007. Don't you think it honor's Skippy well?
The base part of the plaque is a wood plaque which has been stained and
lacquered before additional parts were added.
The next major component is an image, if you like, of your person or
Finally, you can use scrap booking materials to embellish and ornately
label your craft plaque.
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Preparing the Plaque
Above you see picture a wood craft plaque and a textured craft paper face
As you can see, the plaque in this case has already been stained on the
edges. You could also stain the face and apply your picture and scrap
booking materials to that.
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 to protect it.
I proceeded to embellish the surrounding area of the plaque with:
A leash, bordering the picture. The leash was in a scrap booking assortment
A cross, dog house, bone, fire hydrant, and other doggie goodies from a
scrap booking 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 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
For an artistic aging effect, I used a soldering iron to burn the
edges of the obituary.
Again, use 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, so give it a try.