Easy DIY Wall Plaque Update

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You’ll flip when you find out just how easy this DIY wall plaque update is to create!

I can’t resist a craft upcycle idea that’s inexpensive, quick and easy to make. Changing a thrift find into an entirely updated look is always a fun and rewarding project.

I purchased my wall plaque at a thrift store for 99 cents. This style of wall plaque is usually a common find in Salvation Army or Goodwill stores.

EASY DIY WALL PLAQUE UPDATE

easy diy wall plaque update - craft paint, scrapbook paper, and sunflower sticker

I’ve noticed seeing this kind of wall art in Dollar Tree stores in different kind of shapes and sizes, too.

Those also have a cheap look and feel like my thrift store one, so let me show you how you can update one to look a lot nicer ~ follow my tutorial!

Before we get to the tutorial… It’s time for another Sustainable Pinterest Challenge, where my blogger friends and I pick an idea from one of our Pinterest boards and make it just like or simliar from an item that can be upcycled or recycled. My craft idea is based on the pin from this Pinterest framed plaque example. Click the links at the end of my post to see 9 more upcycled ideas!

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • 3-D framed wall plaque
  • scrapbook paper
  • Paper House 3-D sunflower stickers
  • Mod Podge
  • Apple Barrel craft paint
  • Surebonder detail glue gun (my fave!)
  • 2 foam brushes
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
supplies needed for the easy diy wall plaque update project

EASY DIY WALL ART MAKEOVER

STEP 1: POP OFF THE 3-D CIRCLE

The 3-D portion is very easy to pull off.

STEP 2: PAINT THE FRAME PORTION

Use the foam brush to paint the frame ~ back side, sides and inset. There is no need to tape off where the different colors join unless you want to.

In lieu of painter’s tape, I used the straight edge of the foam brush to pull the paint towards the frame edge instead of straight down the edge.

Pulling paint towards the edge will keep the color separation crisp. If you do make a boo boo just touch it up after it dries.

TIP: Use a heat gun or hair dryer to dry each of the 2 coats of paint to speed up the project time.

painted frame sections for the diy wall plaque update project

STEP 3: MEASURE, CUT, AND GLUE ON SCRAPBOOK PAPER

Measure the inset of your frame plaque. Mark dimensions on the back of the scrapbook paper and then cut it out.

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the inset of the plaque portion. Insert the piece of paper and smooth it all over using your finger.

step illustration of wall plaque and scrapbook paper before joined together for the update

STEP 4: TRACE, CUT, AND ATTACH PAPER

Turn the 3-D circle upside down and trace around it on the scrapbook paper, and cut the circle out.

Apply a light coat of Mod Podge to the 3-D circle, apply the scrapbook shape on top, then smooth the area with your finger.

step illustration of a piece of the wall plaque, scrapbook paper, and sunflower sticker before joined together for the update

STEP 5: ATTACH THE 3-D SHAPE AND SUNFLOWER STICKER

Use glue gun to attach the 3-D shape to the plaque portion.

Even though the sunflower sticker has a sticky side, I used a dab of hot glue to attach it.

I’m real happy with how my DIY wall plaque update turned out. I like the bolder color refresh and, of course, I love the sunflower!

completed diy wall plaque update project - painted with scrapbook paper and sunflower sticker

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SEE MORE UPCYCLED PROJECTS I’VE MADE:

thrift store mirror makeover with "make today amazing" quote painted

CLICK LINKS BELOW TO SEE 9 MORE UPCYCLED PROJECTS FROM THE FOLLOWING BLOGGERS:

pinterest graphic for the pinterest challenge blog hop

Julie @ Sum of Their Stories ~ Upcycled Thread Spool Garland

Gail @ Purple Hues and Me ~ Upcycled Tin Can with Decorative Top

Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage ~ Wine Bottle Luminary

T’onna @ Sew Crafty Crochet ~ Upcycled Denim Reversible Bucket Hat

Donna @ Modern Monticello ~ DIY Tiered Tray from Discarded Wood Boxes

Lydia @ Life Beyond the Kitchen ~ Framed Vases

Terri @ A Good Life ~ Upcycled Plate Flowers

Julie @ Treasures Made from Yarn ~ Upcycled Cardigan

Mel @ Decor Craft Design ~ DIY Upcycled Bookshelf Bench

Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers ~ Easy DIY Wall Plaque Update

Sharing this wall plaque update idea at the following fabulous blogs!

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18 thoughts on “Easy DIY Wall Plaque Update”

  1. Wow! Completely different! I love that geometric paper you used to cover the back.
    Sunflowers are so perfect for decorating at this time of year, one of my favourite flowers.

  2. Your update is so pretty and colorful, Allyson! And what a great thrift store find. I love it when you can take something that looks sad and is cheap and turn it into an amazing decorative piece!

  3. T’onna, I have lots of the 3-D sunflowers left over, so I’ll have to come up with a new project for next year to use the rest. Glad you like my wall art.

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. This seems like a fun upcycle that my grandsons would enjoy doing to decorate their bedroom. They could feature their current favorite superhero or another image. Great idea!

  5. So easy & cute! I got one that is almost exactly like that one from Dollar Tree two years ago. The patterned inside was a bit different though. I love how you added the 3-D effect on the sunflower. Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!

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