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Wooden house plaque

Transform a piece of driftwood into a quirky house plaque with a few shells and a testpot of Resene Woodsman.

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 13

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: a small flat piece of driftwood, a selection of small seashells, damp cloth or sponge, dry lint-free cloth, exterior PVA glue, heavy garden twine, paintbrush and two brass cup hooks. A testpot of Resene Waterborne Woodsman Penetrating Oil Stain in Resene Mosaic.

To get the look: Mark painted the fence the plaque hangs from with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Rob Roy.

Other ideas: Create a contrasting house plaque by staining the wood with Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Pitch Black and use small white pebbles to form the letters.

Step 1
Step one
Wash the driftwood, removing any sand and debris with a damp cloth or sponge. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Step 2
Step two
Apply one generous coat of Resene Waterborne Woodsman to all surfaces of the driftwood.
Step 3
Step three
Before the Resene Waterborne Woodman has thoroughly dried, wipe off the excess with a dry, lint-free cloth. Leave for 24 hours to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Carefully screw in two cup hooks along the upper edge of the piece of wood.
Step 5
Step five
Write the first letter of the house name with PVA glue and attach small shells, as shown.
Step 6
Step six
Continue forming the letters with PVA glue and shells, finishing each letter in turn.
Step 7
Step seven
Continue until you have completed the house name.
Step 8
Step eight
Add a few extra shells for decoration around the edges of the driftwood plaque. Leave to dry thoroughly before hanging from the cup hooks using strong garden twine.

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