How to Make a Beautiful Plaque - for Mother's Day or Any Occasion

7 materials
2 Hours

Celebrate the special Mom in your life with a beautiful handmade Mother's Day plaque that she simply will fall in love with! This is a lovely way of using spring flowers and pretty decorative trim. If pansies aren't her favorite, use any type of flower you wish to add colorful blooms. Plus, the trim is extra special with sparkly silver accents, too! And the best part, you can switch up the saying to one of your choice - maybe something sentimental like a love poem!

This lovely plaque is so versatile - perfect for any occasion - not just for mom - that's easy and fun to make in minutes! 

First, find a plain oval shape to print - I'm using Word - and enlarge it to cover most of a 8x11.5" printer paper. Then, using a text box, create a message you'll want to say to your mother. Since my mom is no longer living, I'm just using the generic "Happy Mother's Day" greeting. But here's a chance for you to say just about anything you want to your mom or anyone special! It can be something sentimental or even comical - whatever you like! Then print and cut it out.

Next, using the oval print-out as a guide, increase the size of the oval shape, leaving a generous border to wrap the cord trim on a piece of cardboard. Here, I'm using the back of a pizza box to draw and cut out the oval shape.

Then paint the cardboard using white chalkpaint and let dry.

Once dry, it's time to glue on the print-out using Fabri-Tac glue or one made for use with paper.

Then begin gluing on the cord trim at the top, using hot glue, following the outline of the oval shape.

It's best adding hot glue in increments to secure the trim. You don't want the glue to dry before you have a chance to connect the trim. As you near the beginning of the cord trim, apply hot glue close to the edge of the trim and . . .

hold the two pieces close together for a smooth fit until dry.

Then continue gluing on the cord trim close to the first row as possible adding hot glue and holding trim together as you add more rows around the oval shape.

Decide how many rows of trim you'd like to add. I stopped at five. I didn't want the trim to over power the piece. So I ended the trim in the same area where I started - cutting it at an angle and . . .

adding Fabri-Tac fabric glue to the end to seal the fibers. I wrapped the end with parchment paper and secured with a clamp until the glue dried.

Once the glue is dry, seal the end securely with hot glue to the final trim row.

Cut off the excess cardboard closely around the cord trim, following the oval shape.

Now to dress it up! Begin gluing on faux leaves . . .

and flowers for a pretty decorative look - first, around the bottom and then . . .

on top! What a beautiful and creative way to honor your mom or special person with this lovely piece!

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