Yesterday afternoon, I made my absolute favorite craft of all time. I am so, so excited about this project, and it’s so easy to make that I know you’re going to want to make one too.
On Sunday, we’ll celebrate Father’s Day. But Sunday also happens to be PapPaw’s birthday. PapPaw is a very, very special man around here. You see, he married my husband’s mom a couple of years ago, and he has taken all of our kids under his wings as an amazing role model.
When I was thinking about what to make him, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Bible verse, Psalm 37:23 – “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
I decided to make a large plaque for him using this special Bible verse, and I am just thrilled with how it came out.
Tell me that isn’t adorable!
Here’s how easy it is to make.
First, here are the items that you’ll need:
- Plank of wood cut to size and stained (if desired).
- Modge Podge (I used the Satin.)
- White Paint (I used Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint.)
- Chalkboard style print. (See below for a free printable!)
For the wood, I went to Home Depot and got a four foot “one by twelve.” (Ask for that specifically.) They will then cut it to size for you at no cost. Note: I had them cut it so it was 3 feet long, but that’s because I had 7 footprints to fit on there. You may need one much smaller. Then, just bring it home and stain it any color you wish and then let it dry. (I used the Provincial shade of Varathane Wood Stain.)
Step One: Print out your Chalkboard Print and trim the edges off if needed. I’ve included mine as a free printable below. And here’s a link to “How to Make A Chalkboard Print” if you’re feeling adventurous and want to make up your own.
Just click on the image above, and it will take you to the PDF image. When you print it out, it will be an 8×10 in size, perfect for this project, or even for framing. And don’t worry – the Blessed Beyond Words copyright won’t show up on the printable.
Step 2: Decide where you want the print on your wood.
Step 3: Cover the area where the printable will go with Modge Podge.
Step 4: Lay the print over the Modge Podge, and smooth out all the wrinkles. (I used a soft burp rag to smooth mine out.)
Step 5: Paint your kids’ feet, and press them into place on the wood. (You can do oldest to youngest, or youngest to oldest – it’s up to you!) If you only have one child, you could paint both of their feet and put them side by side on the wood to look like footprints.
Step 6: Allow to dry.
Et Voila! You have a gorgeous one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift for the man in your life.
You can also apply a coat of Modge Podge over the entire plaque once the footprints dry, but I was so impressed with how it looked that I opted not to add the extra coating.
To hang the finished plaque, I decided to include the Command Large Picture Hanging Strips. These are a great way to hang the plaque on the wall without damaging the wall.
I love the way this turned out so much that I’m already planning a return trip to Home Depot so I can make one for our living room.
If you make this project, I’d love to hear about it!
PS. The original idea came from THIS POST, however, I changed quite a bit and wanted to give it a more Biblical theme, so I changed it up a bit. However, credit is due where credit is due, and I’m appreciative of Shanty 2 Chic for putting up her tutorial! It sparked all sorts of creativity in me. 🙂