Sunday, April 18, 2010

We're all in this together...

Okay, so the title plays a *little* off of the fact that my seven year old niece is (finally) getting interested in High School Musical. I may or may not be a bit of a sucker for Disney Channel movies.

That aside, if you can look past that little flaw, I had to come up with something for Mom for Mothers Day... It's coming up, you know... May 9. Mom is one of those "What do you get the woman who has everything?" people. I am a tiny bit obsessed with Wordle and I wanted to make something with my new Cricut Expression for her, because she thinks it's the neatest thing since the invention of the post-it note. Here's what I came up with. If I were to do it again, I would definitely choose different colors... the names of our family members don't quite "pop" as much as I would have liked them to, but I was starting to get impatient and quickly losing interest, so I was lucky to get the project complete... You can, however, see the names a lot better in person than in the pictures I got.

You'll Need:
  • A wooden plaque... I got mine at Wal-Mart for $.97... Quite a deal.
  • Acrylic paint
  • Scrapbook paper of your choice
  • Modge Podge (as a crafter, I think you should have at least one jar and one back up jar stashed in the house at any point in time...)
  • If you don't have a Cricut, you could use paper scrapbooking letters or stickers purchased from the store... There is no need to avoid this project because you don't have one!!!
Start with the wooden plaque:

Paint it your color of choice! I used an Antique White.

Cut a piece of scrapbooking paper the correct size to cover your plaque:

Attack it with Modge Podge... Under the paper, over the paper, on the edges of the plaque... Don't be afraid to use a lot! It dries clear, I promise! Make sure to smooth out any bubbles out from under the paper.

I used my handy dandy Cricut to cut out the letters at this point...

I am *slightly* OCD, so there had to be a method to the madness when it came to varying sizes. I used 1.75" Letters for Mom and Dad, 1.5" for the three kids and our spouses, and 1.25" letters for my nieces and nephew. I arranged the names on a piece of paper the same size as the plaque as I cut.

Then I transferred the letters to the plaque one name at a time... It took some patience, because once they are stuck, they are pretty much stuck!

Let it dry and you can display it on an easel or even attach a ribbon to the back to hang it from the wall! Adorable!


  1. I love the paper! And what a great idea for Mother's Day! Which reminds me I have no idea what I am going to get for my mom!

  2. Cute! I have a Cricut and I need to put it back into rotation in my craft projects. I'm updating my blog roll. Do you have a Twitter?

  3. I don't twitter... yet! I'm just getting started with the blog! :)

  4. thank you so much for this idea! I used your suggestion from the crafts board about and made something very similar to this for my mom and my MIL. I'll be posting it on my blog soon and I'll be sure to link to you to for the idea! :)