Fun Turtle Plaque Tutorial featuring The Little Love Turtles

Fun Turtles

Fun Turtles

The idea for this fun turtle plaque came about as I was searching the internet for Valentine’s Day gift ideas for my grandchildren.  I know it is a bit untraditional but when I found these cute little Turtles  I just had to give it a try. I like to give hand crafted gifts that are unique and functional. After acquiring the art I found they were just perfect for printing and using for decoupage projects. This project turned out well, I will be making a few more.

If you like this fun turtle plaque, feel free to print the following directions and create a unique and fun gift, using any of Lamai’s beautiful digital art.

Tools/Supplies needed
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  • Safety Glasses
  • Gloves
  • Hair ties or clips if you have long hair
  • Creative Collection Digital Art
  • Computer, Printer and ink
  • Card stock – white  or photo paper
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors or E-xacto knife
  • Piece of Wood
  • Sand Paper
  • Jig saw or pre-cut wood piece
  • Power drill or a strong hand and a screw driver
  • Hammer
  • Hooks for hanging your piece (picture hangers)
  • Hooks that will hold clothing, towels, etc. (cloths hooks)
  • Wood Stain
  • Paint Brushes
  • Cleaning supplies for your brushes
  • Glue
  • Modge Podge or a spray on clear coat and Clear Polyurethane

Please be safe while you craft

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  • Pull long hair back out of the way.
  • Wear safety glasses and a mask  when cutting and  sanding wood and or working with sealant and paints.
  • Watch your fingers a saw can’t tell the difference between flesh and wood, it will cut anyway..

Preparing the cute little Turtles on a Hill

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Using copy and paste in a program such as Microsoft Word should give you a consistent size to use on your project.

  1. Print  your  Digital art to be cut out , on white card stock, with your printer on photo printing with the appropriate paper settings also if you have the choice I suggest using vivid photo as well.

a. Optional – assemble your project on your computer, then print to scale.

These Two are just too sweet.

These Two are just too sweet.

 

** Completing this step can help to visualize your finished  project  (I always print two maybe three copies to allow for goof ups)

 

 

 

 

2. Apply a sealant to the front of your art before cutting the individual pieces out – let dry.

** Sealing the front helps to maintain the color and adds stability.

3. Carefully cut out  and set aside.

a. Optional quicker method – simply cut out your computer assembled sheet.

Working with your wood piece

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1. Select wood piece – for this project ½ inch solid oak was chosen.

2. Place the cut out art or the piece from step 1a on the wood and trace – use a pencil.  (don’t worry the marks will sand off)

All printed and traced

All printed and traced

 

3. Cut wood to desired shape – to save on time you can find pre-cut wood at most craft stores.
4. Sand all surfaces until smooth – pre-cut wood or otherwise.
5. Wipe off with a damp cloth.
6. Apply stain of your choice to the wood and let dry.
7. Lightly sand again then wipe clean.
8. Using a Clear spray or Polyurethane apply the first coat of sealant to the wood piece front and back then let dry (follow manufacturers suggestions for best results)

Finishing up

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1. Apply an adhesive to the back of your cut out art (cover all including the edges) and place on the wood,  smoothing out any bumps or wrinkles – let dry

** Take care not to rub too much; you may end up with the polyurethane leaking underneath  and producing dark spots around your art

2. Measure and mark using a pencil lightly mark the place for the cloths hooks with an X.

3. Apply two to three layers of polyurethane to the entire front of your project – allow for drying time between each coat. (some folks sand after each coat of polyurethane, however with this project I did not sand each time)

4. Attach hanger(s) to the back of your piece –(you will find several choices of styles at any craft or hardware store, most include small finishing nails)

5. Attach the clothing hook(s) – for this one I chose two small hooks, most include screws

** choose the type and style and number of hooks that best suits your needs

This was a fun project and it can easily be created over one weekend using any of the digital art from the Creative Art Collection and most any type of wood.

Happy Crafting

Tina Vos

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