Mini Plaque Tutorial

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DIY: Mini Hanging Plaque
November 11, 2014

These plaques are made from upcycled chipboard drink coasters which I had bought on clearance at Michael’s over a year ago for less than 20 cents per pack of 6. I had been trying to come up with a craft for them, and I think they turned out pretty well even thought I was really rushed to get 30 made on time.  These were one of the favors I made for the annual Phantom of the Opera themed charity dinner a group of friends throw benefiting City of Hope.

DIY: Mini hanging plaque - Phantom of the Opera Themed
Completed plaque

Chipboard coasters or chipboard cut to 4×4″ square
Acrylic paint
Crop-A-Dile or other heavy duty hole punch
Ribbon – 12″ length used here
Embellishments or other artwork

Step 1:
I peeled the stickers off of the coasters to expose the chipboard.  They were on both sides and came off quite easily.

The original paperboard coasters
Sticker removed from the coaster

Step 2:
I painted two coats of gold acrylic paint on one side and 1 coat on the backside of the plaques.  Once the paint was dry I punched two holes at the top of the plaques using the 1/8″ punch of the Crop-A-Dile.

Step 3:
I made phantom masks from air-dry clay which I will post the instructions for later this week.  I made a mistake and this is the order I should have gone in.  I printed the sheet music for a few of the songs from The Phantom of the Opera at approximately 2 1/4″ tall x 2″ wide.  I rubbed red stamp pad along the edges to give the plaque more color. Attach these to the plaque with Modge Podge or watered down white glue. Allow to dry.

Step 4:
I added 1 coat of matte Modge Podge over the entire plaque, but probably should have used 2 coats.  I had time constraints and 30 plaques, so this wasn’t done, but in the future, I will.

Step 5:
I used Scotch Quick Dry adhesive glue to attach the clay masks to the plaque.  The chandeliers are plastic and are self-adhesive.

Embellishments added

Step 6:
I used Stickles glitter glue in Xmas Red around the edges of the plaques.  I sped up the dry time with a hair dryer since I was doing this the morning of the dinner.

Step 7:
I cut 12″ lengths of ribbon in red and black from my ribbon stash to hang the plaques from.  I triple knotted the ribbon on the backside of the plaque for hanging. You could forgo punching the holes and attach a magnet to the back.

I wrapped these in waxed tissue paper purchased at Michael’s about 2 years ago.  I was able to use the folds in the tissue paper as my guidelines to cut the paper for wrapping the plaques in.  I wrapped the plaques because the Modge Podge really needs at least 24 hours to cure and I didn’t want the other objects scratching the plaque while in the favor/gift bags.

Plaques placed in DIY waxed tissue paper envelopes
I left the top-side open