Learn how to make a decorative DIY nameplate from MDF. Step by step easy to follow instructions with a video tutorial. A simple project to decorate your child’s room and not only.
A simple but cute DIY nameplate on a budget. You don’t even have to use the same materials as I did. Use the materials you may already have available and create a beautiful nameplate decoration for your home. You can always change the design as well, coming up with many other different versions.
How To Make A Decorative Nameplate
1. Supplies And Tools
- MDF or thin plywood
- Acrylic paint
- Glue ( B-7000 )
- Glitter foam
- Butterfly die set
- Hemp rope
- Scroll saw
- Art knife
- Paint brush
- Wood drill
- Pen and ruler
2. Making The MDF Nameplate
Using a scrolling saw or any saw you have, cut the MDF pieces to the dimensions you want. For this particular example I used two pieces: the name plate, and a decorative heart shape. The dimensions used in the video tutorial: rectangular MDF size: 29 x 7cm, heart size: 15 x 17cm. Use sandpaper or a nail file and sand the MDF and the edges after cutting. With a brush remove all the dust to prepare the parts for painting.
3. Painting The MDF Parts
After cutting all the parts, paint them using acrylic paint. After the paint dries, sand it with some sand paper to create a vintage look. To protect the paint apply a layer of varnish on top. Your DIY nameplate is ready to be decorated.
4. Decorating The Nameplate
Print the text on a piece of paper using a font you preferer. I like bold fonts because the text it’s easier to cut out. Make sure the text is mirrored. Cut the excess paper and place it on top of the back of the glitter foam. With a needle punch holes around the text to transfer it on the foam. Use an art knife or a cutter and cut out the letters. Glue the letters on the rectangular piece.
I used a die set to create the butterfly decoration. The base was made from glitter foam, and the top one from cardstock. I also wanted to add a photo. Print the photo to the dimensions you want, just make sure it fits well on the heard decoration.
Measure and drill the holes for the rope using a small drill bit. Follow the video tutorial for this step. Use hemp rope to create a hanging handle on top of the rectangular piece, and to tie the rectangular to the decorative heart. Your cute decorative name plate is now finished. Feel free to play with different materials and create something even better and unique. Did you like this article ? See this amazing air freshener flower vase as well. You may like it as much as I do.