I decided to make a plaque for a Christmas gift. The idea came from helping the Akron STEM High School with their Habitat for Humanity plaques. Habitat gave them some stacks of donated flooring (unfinished), they glued them up and cut out the shape of a house. I brought a few pieces of flooring home to work with.
I glued three pieces together. You have to be careful with tongue & groove, because both the front a back are not exactly the same dimension, so when you clamp it they will tend to bow. It would be better to cut off the tongue & groove, but then you need to have a jointer to get those edges perfect. Next, I cut a little off both sides to make them even. The pieces were not same length and it is better to cut them even after glueing than before. It is difficult to glue things up so that the edges stay exactly in line. Then I used my small router to make some lines like the eaves of the house (the house looks like a bi rectangle from the front) and a front door. The door ended up being a little big. Now sanding. As always, lots of sanding. Not that the wood is rough, but fine sanding makes it softer and gets the edges less harsh.
Choose a saying. I have a Cricut, so i designed it in Cricut space and cut it out of vinyl. Yes I had to go to the store to get 1 piece of vinyl, because all I had was iron on vinyl. Weed it, apply transfer tape, peel off the carrier backing, take transfer tape with message to the wood and apply it to the wood. Finally I wanted a "top coat" sealer, so i sprayed it with a couple of coats of clear. Of course I had to go to the store to get a can of that.
You can use almost any wood for a project like this.
Reclaimed pallet's would be nice.
OSB is probably not a good idea.
You could stain or paint the wood before applying the vinyl
You could use plexiglass or actual glass instead of wood.