DIY Father’s Day Plaque (Step-by-Step Instructions)

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Father's Day PlaqueCreate this stylish and rustic Father’s Day Plaque for dad this year. This masculine display would make a perfect heartfelt gift for any father or grandfather. I wanted to design a sentimental wall hanging that he would love to hang on the wall or place on a shelf. I used a distressed plaque made from wood planks and wooden letters. I printed pictures in a sepia tone and matted them with decorative scrapbooking paper. I used my painting technique to give make the plain wooden letters look like aged cooper, with a slight patina. I accented the piece with odds and ends found in the toolbox and decorative gears.

Learn how to make the wood letters look like aged metal. I used this technique for my Father’s Day Plaque.

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Materials to Make the Father’s Day Plaque

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  • Wood Plaque
  • Wood Letters
  • Metal Gears
  • Metal Rivet Brads (stems removed)
  • Black or Dark Brown Twine
  • Scrapbooking Paper (decorative and solid brown)
  • Acrylic Paint (copper, black, gold and green)
  • Natural Sponge
  • Pictures printed in a Sepia Tone
  • Craft Glue

How to Make the Father’s Day Plaque


Paint the letters with Metallic Gold acrylic paint.

metal-DUse a natural sponge to dab small amounts of black paint around the edges of the letters. Dip the edge of the sponge in the black paint and blot most of it off before you dab the paint on the letters. Use a small amount of green as well to create the patina look.

Using craft glue, attach 4 lines of twine to the top part of the wooden plaque.


Cut decorative scrapbooking paper slightly larger than the sepia toned pictures. Measure a smaller sized solid color scrapbooking paper to create a mat for the picture and hand tear the edges. Glue them together as shown.

glue-lettersGlue the letters and the pictures onto the plaque. gears

Glue rivets, gears, nuts, bolts and anything else of interest onto the plaque.

Dip a paint brush into black paint and wipe off the excess so only a small amount remains.

Dry brush around the rivets to give them an aged look.

This is how the rivets looked before the dry brushing…


and after. They look more realistic as if they have been weathered over time.


And here is your beautiful, personalized Father’s Day Plaque. Be creative and add whatever pieces you want to it to customize it for the Dad in you life.








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