About a year ago I reviewed Outdoor Mod Podge and made a monogram door plaque for our back door. It was partially protected by an awning, but I was really skeptical that the plaque would be protected from the harsh Ohio winters.
So I am thrilled to give you the update that after a full year, the plaque is holding up great. There’s been no lifting of the paper, no fading of the paint, no wear or tear of any visible kind. Amazing, right?
So now I thought I’d give you the full low-down on how to make one of these for yourself or as a housewarming/anniversary/wedding gift. It’s pretty easy, especially if you have a Cricut to do the heavy lifting of making the cuts for you.
- Sheet music with your favorite song, 2 copies
- Door Plaque
- Cardstock in black, ivory, and beige
- Acrylic paint in colors that match the recipient’s house
- Cricut die-cutting machine
- Elegant Cakes cartridge (Really. It’s awesome.)
- Mod Podge Outdoor
- Distress Stain in Tea
- Foam Brushes, old gift card
Start off by giving your plaque a nice paint job. I used a coppery color for the top and bottom, and lined the indented section in black. Let that dry well.
Now start decoupaging the middle section. I used 3 different Christmas carols that are special to my husband and myself. (After all, we started dating while we were professional carolers for a local theatre company. True story.) I ripped the copies of music up into small enough portions so that I could overlap them and obscure some of the music, but you can still catch glimpses of the lyrics. Completely over the center section and let it dry.
Using your Distress Stains, stamp pads, or some thinned burnt umber acrylic paint, go around the edges of the sheet music portion, aging it a bit and giving it some character. Again, let it dry.
Next, cut a nice damask image (or a laural wreath) to fit the center section of your plaque. Mine was about 8.5 inches. Use Mod Podge Outdoor to adhere it to the middle portion.
Next, cut the monogram and shadow. Decoupage them on top of the damask image. There are a LOT of layers here- and you may want to use text-weight paper instead of cardstock- but I didn’t mind having the dimension and I used that old gift card to smooth down the MPO and keep bubbles from forming.
Lastly, cut and add the “Welcome Home” or some such text. (Again, I found this in the Cakes cart and just loved it. But you could use “Est. XXXX” with the date, or whatever you like or is appropriate.)
Let it dry completely- at least 3 days- and then finish with a light coat of Krylon UV-resistant coating to take any stickiness away.
So there you have it- a fun and personalized gift for the holiday season, and with Mod Podge Outdoor you don’t have to worry about your art standing up to the test of time!
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