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.
Chipboard coasters or chipboard cut to 4×4″ square
Crop-A-Dile or other heavy duty hole punch
Ribbon – 12″ length used here
Embellishments or other artwork
I peeled the stickers off of the coasters to expose the chipboard. They were on both sides and came off quite easily.
|Sticker removed from the coaster|
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.
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.
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.
I used Scotch Quick Dry adhesive glue to attach the clay masks to the plaque. The chandeliers are plastic and are self-adhesive.
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.
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.
|I left the top-side open|