Hello Lolly Jane readers, I’m Jaime from That’s My Letter, a fellow DIY blogger who builds, paints and sews everything.  Today I’m sharing this super fast and easy DIY Cedar Name Plaque that is super cute for wall art or door hanger and FAST to make and personalize… and it’s made from scrap wood!
 DIY Cedar Name Plaque. Super cute for wall art or door hanger and FAST to make and personalize!
I used 1×4 cedar boards here but you could use any 1×4 boards to make this plaque.  Assembly is easy and then you can personalize however you like.  I prefer a large letter in the background with the full name in front:
 
DIY Cedar Name Plaque. Super cute for wall art or door hanger and FAST to make and personalize!
These plaques are for my niece Talia and new baby nephew Carson.  Handmade gifts are nice and even better when they are easy to make 😉
 
DIY Cedar Name Plaque. Super cute for wall art or door hanger and FAST to make and personalize!
Below are the steps to make your own cedar name plaque.  Always be sure to follow all safety precautions when operating power tools.
 
Supplies: 
  • 1×4 cedar board (3 @ 13″)
  • 3/4″ square moulding (2 @ 8 1/2″)
  • wood glue
  • nailer & 1 1/4″ finish nails
  • sander
  • computer & printer
  • ballpoint pen
  • acrylic craft paints
  • small paintbrush
  • clear polyurethane
  • sawtooth hanger

DIY Cedar Name Plaque. Super cute for wall art or door hanger and FAST to make and personalize!

Step 1: Cut 3 – 1×4 cedar boards to 13″ long.  Cut 2 – 3/4″ square mouding to 8 1/2″ long.  Line up the 1×4 boards together, apply wood glue to square moulding and secure to boards using 1 1/4″ finish nails.  Sand well.

DIY Cedar Name Plaque. Super cute for wall art or door hanger and FAST to make and personalize!

Step 2: Print out desired name and letter.  For the giant background letter I used Calisto MT font at 800 point.  For the name I used Gloucester font at 300 point.  Position lettering on board and trace outline using a ballpoint pen.  (Alternatively you could use vinyl lettering.)

DIY Cedar Name Plaque. Super cute for wall art or door hanger and FAST to make and personalize!
Step 3: Paint the background letter using acrylic craft paint.  The pen will leave an indent in the wood and you follow the indent with your paintbrush.  Paint the name then seal with clear poly.
 
DIY Cedar Name Plaque. Super cute for wall art or door hanger and FAST to make and personalize!
Attach a sawtooth hanger to the back and hang as desired or wrap up to give as a gift.  I hope you enjoyed this simple cedar name plaque, be sure to follow me on social media for more project ideas and sneak peeks:
 
 
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