September 8th of this year was Grandparent’s Day. I wanted to make it special for my husband’s parents, as well as my dad since it has been a rough year for him. Personalized and handmade gifts are the best, and since I’ve been wanting to start painting things, I thought what better time than now? With this easy, fun personalized grandparent’s plaque, you’re sure to make your child’s grandparent’s (or even your own!) smile and hang this up in their home with pride! Here are the steps to make this fun, personalized gift for grandparents!
There are only a few simple tools you need. I bought the two wooden plaques at Michael’s. If you have more than one child (or, if you’re making this for your grandparent’s and have siblings or cousins) you’ll, of course, need more heart plaques for each child. You can always make this without the names, but this is definitely very personalized and adds a nice extra touch! Other items you need, of course, are paint. For this one I used purple, black and white. These are all Craft Smart acrylic paints, also from Michael’s. It’s a nice, cheaper option for simple crafts like this. The paint brushes were in a value pack that I’ve had for awhile. I’m not sure where I bought them from, but you can get value packs of brushes at just about any craft store, plus Walmart. (You will also need an eye screw and a picture hanger – which I purchased at Home Depot.)
I started out by first painting the top/front part of the bigger plaque purple. I did three coats until it looked how I wanted it to. I love the vibrancy of the purple. So pretty! (By the way, I did my dad’s this color because he went to Elder High School and their colors were purple and white.)
Next I did the sides purple on the heart. I realized while doing the side of this and the bigger/top plaque that I *probably* should have sanded them before painting. But I don’t think it’s too big of a deal… it still turned out great, I believe! At least I know for the future! 🙂
Next I completed the top plaque. I put white on the second level, then I put more purple on the very bottom, and a strip of black between the purple and white. I love how it turned out!
And the heart is finished! I painted all the sides purple and then went back and put a line of black. Pretty sharp, I think! I also did paint the backs of both pieces.
These are both pieces before I did the writing. Since this one was for my dad, I wrote “The best dads get promoted to grandpa.” The one for my mother and father-in-law, I write “The best parents get promoted to grandparents.” For the heart I wrote my daughter’s name and her birthdate. I did all the writing freehand. I didn’t use any stencils. I was kind of nervous, since I had never really “written” with paint and brushes before, but I think it turned out pretty good! I hope that you think so as well.
And here is the finished product! To finish up this gift for grandparents, I put a layer of Mod Podge on top to seal the paint. To attach the heart to the top plaque you just take the eye screw and attach one part to the bottom of the top plaque and the other part to the top of the heart. Then just put a picture hanger on the back of the top plauqe – and you’re done! You can put it in a pretty bag and give it to your grandparent’s, or your child’s grandparents! This gift for grandparents is wonderful! They are sure to display it with much pride in their home for all to see!
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