DSC 0491

I want to introduce you to my new friend Crystal from Fussy Monkey Business.   She is an amazing crafter and DIYer.   Today she is showing you how to make a knock off Ballard Designs Pruvost Plaque here on IC.

It is awesome.   Please give a warm IC welcome to Crystal…

Hey Guys! My name is Crystal from Fussy Monkey Business



I want to thank Beckie for asking me to do this guest post. She and I met through Crafting with the Stars…she was MY star.(insert laughter). I am so thankful that I was paired up with her. She gave some wonderful input, and because of that, we were able to make it all the way to the third round (she should have won if you ask me!). She’s awesome like that!
So anyway, I started thinking about what I would want to share with you guys, and it didn’t take me long to decide on a knock-off version of the Ballard Designs Pruvost Plaque. I have been drooling over this plaque for ages, and knew that I could make it. I just needed the proper motivation…i.e. guest posting:o)

Here is a picture of what Ballard’s looks like:

And here is what mine looks like:

This project cost just under $30….and Ballard’s is $249. The dimensions of Ballard’s plaque was too large for the space above my kitchen windows, so I scaled it down a bit.
I am not a woodworker. I leave all woodworking up to my husband. Every time I try a new project involving wood, it is always a COMPLETE FAILURE. However, I completed this entire project by myself!! (round of applause for Crystal)

3- 1x4x6 Pine Boards($10.38 total)
1/2 Pint of Dark Walnut Stain ($5.19)
3 Packs of 3″ Mending Brackets($7.11 total..comes in a 4 pack)
Accent Trim piece($6.18)
Wood Glue(on hand)
Picture hanger(on hand)
Acrylic Paint-Black and Green (on hand)
Cutting tools(saw, jig saw)
Screw Driver
I started out by cutting all the boards on our miter saw.
1st Board=12″ wide
2nd and 3rd Board=36″ wide
4th Board=46″ wide
Bottom Board=60″ wide

These next few steps are done on the BACK of the boards.I drew a line on the end of each board to help me keep the boards centered.

Once all the boards were lined up, I attached the mending brackets in the center.

I took a couple of sheets of paper and taped them together and made a template. I cut it out and taped it to the boards and traced it with a pencil.

This is what the back looked like before I cut the boards with my jigsaw.

I went ahead and put my first coat of stain on before using the jigsaw.

Next comes the really fun part, using the jigsaw. I didn’t get a picture of this step because I was a little busy:o)
Once the entire plaque was cut out, I started on the trim. I didn’t want to have to fuss with nails and wood putty, so I just used wood glue to attach the trim.

The letters are just freehand.(just freehand? see I told you she was a pro). I drew them out with pencil first, and went back with the Black acrylic paint.

Close up of the letters

Once I got all of the letters painted on, I put my second coat of stain on, and I painted the trim green. I also dirtied up the the green paint with a little bit of stain.

And there you have it. This project was really easy, and very, very inexpensive.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to stop by Fussy Monkey Business anytime!!
Seriously guys you have to go visit Crystal.   She is amazing and can knock em off with the best of them.   Look at this amazing Ballard Design’s Gameboard Table she made.
And a girl after my own heart…a Mod Podger! Check out her Damask End Table.

Similar Posts

One Comment

  1. I really love this sign and I’ve been looking at it at Ballard’s Design too! I think you did a great job. I am thinking about making it. The only thing I would do differently is that I would use my own last name rather than someone else’s, ie. Pruvost. There can’t be that many people out there with the name Pruvost!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *