Make your own wooden art plaque.
Check out Ally Whalen’s tips on how to design and stencil a personalized sign.
Find an old pallet (sometimes big-box stores will let you have them at no charge).
Search for a stencil of a quote you want to use (stencilsonline.com is a good source). Pull apart the pallet to gather the wood, remove the old nails and sand down all the pieces very well to eliminate splinters.
Cut approximately nine pieces the same length.
Lay out the pieces on the floor, and nail a few of them across the back so they stay together.
Place the stencil in the desired area, and paint over the quote (acrylic paint works well).
Add a few contrasting stripes if desired. Hang the plaque on a wall, or rest it on a mantel and layer it with other decorative objects like books and candles.