Painted Wood Plaques – A Tutorial


How to stencil using stickers via


My sister-in-law’s baby sprinkle was this weekend and I made her two painted plaques for her nursery, a LBB dress, and put everything in this great little bucket as my gift:

One wood plaque I made to hang on a wall or door:

…..and the other to hold hair clippies:

These are great little gifts to make on a budget! For each plaque I started out with an pre-cut wood piece from the craft store:

I sprayed the wood piece pink (the color that I wanted the lettering to be) and let it dry:

Next I used letter stickers (from the scrapbook section of the craft store) to spell my niece’s name “Cari”:

For perfect polka dots I used a hole punch to punch tiny vinyl circles from contact paper (adhesive shelf paper)…….

……..and placed the around the edge of the wood plaque. You could use any scrapbook punch shape as well…I wanted to keep it simple:

The stickers and vinyl dots become “reverse stencils”….

…..and I applied my top coat of white spray paint over them:

Once the top coat of spray paint was dry, I carefully peeled off the stickers and dots:

For the “clippie” plaque I took leftover fabric from the nursery rocker reupholstering (so it would match my niece’s nursery perfectly) and folded it in half tucking the ends under:

Then I top stitched around the edges of the fabric:

I attached some hanging hardware……

…..and used two tiny screws to attach the fabric piece to the back (I ran out of staples or I would have used my staple gun):

A finished personalized clippie holder….much better than the generic ribbon hanger I got free with all of my clippies!

For the second plaque I just drilled two holes at the top…….

…..and added wire ribbon to hang:

I signed the back of the plaques with “Aunt” Ashley:

Finally, I made an itty bitty Lil Blue Boo dress….

…..and added everything to a pink metal bucket:



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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    "ant" Ashley!! So cute! I absolutely love this, who said hand made gifts aren't as cool? I wouldn't even have thought of doing reverse stencils with stickers!

  2. 2
    Kestlyn says:

    Ooooh I can't wait for my sis and brother to start having kiddos! I am totally borrowing the "ant". Too cute to give it all justice with mere words :)

  3. 3

    how cute! love the itty bitty dress – what a beautiful gift!

  4. 4
    Just Rhonda says:

    super cute!!!!

  5. 5

    Thanks gals!!! My nephews came up with the "Ant" years ago…..they couldn't figure out why they had to call me a "bug"….haha!

  6. 6
    Shari and Amber says:

    Haha! They thought they were calling you a bug! That's awesome!! :)

  7. 7

    I love it. That seems easy to do. thanks for sharing

  8. 8

    Beautiful! What a lucky baby!

  9. 9
    CraftCrave says:

    Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the Handcraft category today (look for timestamp: [01 Mar 01:00pm GMT]).

  10. 10
    April: Modern-Mama says:

    This is great! Not only for a baby gift, but also for other signs. I was going to make a "No Soliciting" sign for our front door, but wasn't sure the best way to go about doing it neatly. I saw the scrapbook letters and was going to use them and leave them on there but was afraid the weather would make them fall off. I don't know why I didn't think to use spray paint with them! GREAT IDEA! Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. 11
    Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. says:

    Love it as always.

  12. 12
    Sherryl says:

    Ooooh Ashley… I love it! Especially the clip holder! What a smart idea!

  13. 13
    Emma-Jayne says:

    Ha ha! Ant that is adorable. Must remember that.
    Will be trying the plaque idea for mothers day in two weeks.

  14. 14

    love the bucket of gifts! Homemade ROCKS!

  15. 15
    Savvy Saving Momma says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  16. 16
    Lone Rose says:

    Such a cool idea! Thanks for the tutorial, i must try that out :)

  17. 17
    Happy Together says:

    What a cute gift! She's one lucky sis-in-law :)

  18. 18

    Everything looks so great! My favorite touch is the "ant" siggy. :)

  19. 19

    ingenious! I love it!

  20. 20
    Two Beautiful Girls Mommy says:

    I love the reverse stencil on this – super adorable. Thanks for the idea!

  21. 21
    Two Beautiful Girls Mommy says:

    I love the reverse stencil on this – super adorable. Thanks for the idea!

  22. 22
    Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: says:

    Everything looks beautiful, Ashley! I need to make one of those "baby sleeping" signs for my front door!

    And, how tiny do you make LBB dresses?! Gianna might need one to match Leila's!

  23. 23
    Shelly K says:

    Oh how fun!
    My sister is pregnant with their first (boy) and it's been a rough pregnancy so far (full bedrest). When she hits 24 weeks (2 more weeks) I want to give her a little gift for him.
    That is when the DR's consider him his "own patient".
    This definitely inspires me :)

  24. 24
    Mad Sewing Love says:

    Oh how precious! Handmade gifts are the best…to be treasured. That lil' dress is darling. Great job!

  25. 25
    ForeverYou says:

    Brilliant!!! Ant Ashley! She is going to love it when she grows up!

  26. 26

    ant for aunt, cool!! i like funky twist to boring old aunt, haha!

  27. 27

    so, so cute!!!

  28. 28
    Beki - TheRustedChain says:

    Those are super cute, Ashley!

  29. 29

    Very cute. I love the idea of the stickers being painted over. I wondered how the letters were so perfect. Thanks

  30. 30

    Absolutely love everything about it! :-) what a great gift and a lucky girl to have an "ant" like you!

  31. 31

    love the plaques! If I can find some wood plaques, I may steal the 'baby sleeping' idea for my cousin's shower this weekend!

  32. 32

    What a great idea! I love how those little stickers make such perfect darling dots.

  33. 33

    Wow this an amazing gift!! I'm wondering if you have a tutorial for the tiny dress you made! Its just lovely!!

  34. 34

    I have a question… What if I want the letters to be black and the plaque to be red. Do I paint red over the black? Would that turn out?

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    Zafran ali says:

    Thanks so much- You have great ideas and easy to follow directions!
    Send gifts to pakistan from usa

  36. 36

    That’s the RIGHT way to spell Cari ;)

  37. 37

    I’m more than a little late to this post but thank you so much for the tutorial. I knew I would find an answer to what I was looking for here. My 10 yr old is making something and she wanted to know how to add letters…ta da.