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Tooling Foil Plaque

At this point in my life, most of my friends are either living in dorms or renting apartments. One of the biggest problems with these living spaces is decoration. For some reason, it seems like everything made specifically for a dorm is not only miniature, but also super colorful, and in a weird way. It’s almost as though people think if something is made with gaudy colors that it will look good in a bland dorm. I don’t know about you, but I never ever find this to be the case. With apartments, decoration would seem to be an easier task what with the normal amount of space to call your own, but if you’re not allowed to paint (or even nail things onto) the walls, again it becomes pretty tricky. So I hope in the future to share a bunch of DIY projects here that make semi-permanent living spaces seem a little happier, in terms of easy art (click here and here to see ones I’ve shared already!), decor tips, and even spacial usage (What? You’ll see.)

Now for the plaque: This project is super simple. Really all you need is the tooling foil and a writing utensil, both of which are very easily obtained. The foil itself can be purchased in lots of different colors, but I went with the “brass” option, because it’s basically gold and I’m really into gold right now. Read on and enjoy!


– Tooling foil (I used this. So cheap!!)

– Wooden dowels, dull pencil, or pen (for marking)

– Sheet of foam large enough to place your foil on

– Sharpie

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Cut a piece of foil into any size that pleases you.

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Pressing lightly with a Sharpie , draw anything you’d like on the foil (I know the picture is deceiving, but after some experimenting I realized you should not lean on the foam for this step). I went with a cute cat illustration (it is National Cat Day, if anyone noticed/cared, so this is very appropriate). Remember that the gold side of the foil is really shiny, making it hard to read detail on the image from far away. Keep your drawing relatively simple!

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With the wooden dowel, pen, or pencil (or all of them to get varied line thickness), trace over your Sharpie sketch (this time you should use the foam, it helps make a deeper imprint on the foil!)

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Flip it over and admire your handiwork! How cool is that?! I was so pleased with the end result here I made another (much simpler, but just as fancy looking) one:

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(Remember to write letters in backwards on the sketching side if you’re including text!)

Happy decorating!


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