Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Holiday Blocks

Last fall I went to Bunco, and there was the cutest prize that you could win. 4 little blocks of wood that said FALL on them. Sad to report that I did not win those cute little blocks. But I knew that I could make my own and make them even better. :)

Here is what I came up with-


So they say SPOOKY instead of FALL, but I like that word better. It sounds fun. And of course if I am going to go to all the effort of doing a project that is going to hang around my house, then it has to be multi functional. So, I did this on the back of the block--


I did these with a few friends and since then I have had a lot of people wanting to do them as well, so I have been lucky to have alot of vinyl orders. My neighbor did some of these for her kid's teachers as gifts for Christmas. (They turned out SO cute!)
So now we come to the current holiday season and I knew I wanted some for Valentines/St.Patrick's Day. Here is my first attempt.

Wasn't so sure if I loved them or not. So I decided to make another set. My friend wanted to make some too, so a few Sundays ago we got together and made some. Its so easy. The hardest part for me was picking out the paper!! Here's how to do it--

First ,I got a 1x6 from Home Depot. (for around $2.50) and cut the board into 8 inch pieces. I painted mine black, but you can paint them whatever color you like. With my Spooky/Autumn blocks I painted one side black and the other tan.

I like to layer things to add depth, so I cut some card stock a bit smaller than my block so you can see the black. I used Mod Podge on the block and smoothed my card stock on it and hoped for no bubbles.
Then I cut my paper a bit smaller than the card stock and glued in on with Mod Podge too. Smooth out those air bubbles-
Here's what it should look like when you done-

And the back for St.Patrick's Day- (must be multi functional!!)

With the vinyl lettering that I cut about 6 inches tall and about 4 1/2 inches wide-
I did add some tacks to the edges of my LUCKY blocks to give it more of a rustic feel.
I added a lot more embellishments to my other blocks, but I just haven't found any that I like to put on these. I need to find me some glitter heart stickers. Glitter makes me happy!

I have to point out that I did make some of my SPOOKY/AUTUMN blocks for my mom out of a 2x4 and they turned out just as cute. (I wish I had a picture to show you but she lives 500 miles away from me.) So you can make these in any size and they would be adorable! If you don't have access to a vinyl cutter you can use a cricut or such to cut out the letters you need. Or you can stencil them on.

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4 comments:

  1. I think I need to come and visit just to do crafts with you :)

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  2. I love these! I'm borrowing my neighbors cricut already, so, I might have to make some before I send it home. Thanks for the idea!

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

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  3. These are super cute. I had to add them to my tumblr.

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