Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Temple Wood Block

Sorry I missed posting yesterday.  I have another Chemistry mid-term tomorrow and I have been studying like crazy!!  Hope it pays off:)  How is your day going??

A person can only study for so long, so I got the urge to make something.  I have wanted to make these forever, and to be completely honest, I have tried them several times, but had some serious craft fails!  Finally I figured things out and it worked!!

I got my print here at The Idea Door.  I have seen other versions, but this is my favorite.  So many great ideas at this site!!  LOVE IT!

Here is what you need:
-5 x 6 piece of wood. I routed the edges because I got a new router:)

- 3 1/2 x 5 Printed picture of the temple, or whatever picture you would like!

-paint {whatever color you choose}. 

-7/16" upholstery nails {about 3 bucks at Home depot and you get 24}.

Rust-O-leum Ultimate Polyurethane Soft touch Finish.  I like the Matte finish.  {about 6.99 for 8 oz. at Lowe's}.

-Mod Podge

-If you like the vintage look, I used a Tim Holtz ink pad {vintage}.

First I painted the wood and let it dry. 

Here is where I messed up before.  The ink from my printer seems to run when I cover the image with mod podge, so this time I glued the picture on with mod podge, but did not cover the top part with it. I also printed the picture on white scrapbook paper.  I don't know if that made a difference, but I think it looks a little nicer!

Next, I sanded all the edges to make it look distressed, including the picture a little bit.  Then, I covered the edges of the paper and wood with the Vintage ink pad. 

After that was dry, I hammered the upholstery nails in each corner of the picture.  I really like the way the nails look.  It gives it even more of a vintage look!

After everything is dry, brush a think layer of the Polyurethane all over the wood.  Let dry.


These would be great for gifts for little kids.  This one is going in my daughters room.  I want to make a lot more:)

I will be back later tomorrow afternoon for the Friday Frolic Features!  See ya soon:)


  1. I love this! I've seen similar temple plaques before, but I think this one is my favorite. I love what the upholstery tacks add to it. The distressing you did is perfect too. I'm sure your daughter will love to have it in her room. I want to make something similar to put in my boys bedroom.

  2. looks great, I love it. Thanks for sharing, new follower here now.

    Thanks again,


  3. Looks great. Love those tacks - gives it the perfect touch.

  4. Your temple block looks really nice, I love the beveled edges!

  5. I love all of the details here! I love the distressed look. So, so pretty Karen! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy! XO


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