1. Use paintbrush and brown paint to basecoat outer edges of the plaques. Paint all four sides.
  2. Write out desired herb names letter by letter onto post-it notes. (Amanda used dill, sage, thyme, and basil.) Place the notes onto plaques to get an idea of what they will look like. Once happy with the lettering and placement, trace the individual letters so that the pen tip creates an indent on the plaque faces.
  3. Using the three-dimensional paint, write the words onto the plaques. Use the letter indents as a guide.
  4. Once the dimensional paint has dried, lightly paint over the brown sides and edges of the plaques with the appropriate paint colors. Load the paintbrush with paint then wipe off the excess onto a paper towel and dry brush over the brown. This will create a rustic look to the edge of the plaques.
  5. Paint over the dimensional lettering with the appropriate paint colors. Add as many coats as needed for complete coverage letting dry between coats.
  6. Mix one part antiquing gel with one part brown paint. Brush it onto all the plaque edges and wipe back. Repeat for the top of the plaque, wiping off the excess with a soft rag.
  7. When plaques are completely dry, add a coat of varnish.

Rustic Herb Plaques craft c/o Country Woman’s featured blogger Amanda of Crafts by Amanda.

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