Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sweet Tute Tuesday #2-Family Blocks

Two Tute Tuesday-Tute #2! Find Tute #1 here.

This is the tutorial I posted when I guest posted on Wayward Girls' Crafts a couple weeks ago so in case you missed it over there here it is again!

This is a simple, fun tutorial on how to make a set of 'FAMILY' blocks. You could use this tutorial to create a set for any holiday/season to add fun decor to your holiday decorating!

Just to give you an example of other ideas, here are some blocks I've done for different holidays:

St. Patricks: (this is actually just on the backside of the LOVE blocks)


Ready to make some of your own?! Start with 6 wood blocks. Mine are cut from a 2x4 so they are each 2"x 3".

Give them a light coat of spray paint (I chose black) and then a light sanding to give them somewhat of a worn look.

If you don't want to hang the blocks, just skip the next 2 steps and you can make them to be free-standing and they'd still be super cute! If you do want to hang them, decide how long you want them to hang from your rod (mine is a $1.50 silver curtain rod from Walmart that I spray painted black) and cut 6 pieces of ribbon. Each of my ribbon's are 8 inches.

Next, I used a staple gun to staple the ribbon directly to the block-one staple on the back and front of the block.

Then you'll want to pick a few sheets of coordinating scrapbook paper. My living room colors are deep reds, browns, and creams so I chose these:

Cut your papers to be the same size as the front of each block.

I've done this part using mod-podge previously, but this time I decided to just try it with a glue stick and it worked great-even better then the mod-podge because I didn't have to deal with the air bubbles you sometimes get from it. Just cover the back side of your paper with glue and stick it on to the wood!

After all my papers were glued to the block, I very lightly sanded the edge of each block.

I just wanted my blocks to give a slightly worn look, not full blown antique.

Next, I used my cricut to cut vinyl letters to attach to the blocks. You could also use scrapbook stickers if you don't have a cricut. Then I covered each block with a light layer of mod-podge to seal everything together.

Now Embellish, Embellish, Embellish!!!

And that's it, you're done!

I love the look of the hanging blocks, but wouldn't they look so great stacked together on a mantle or in your TV hutch?!

Thanks for stopping in today I Love Love LOVE that you're here! Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the bubble watch going on through friday! And I will be guest posting on an AWESOME blog tomorrow so be sure to come back, I promise it'll be a WHEELY good time! ;0)

Linking up to these parties as well as:


Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

Love this! So cute that you can change it for the different seasons!

bethannhoffman said...

What a great craft idea - easy but classy! I love it. Thanks!

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

Oh, I {heart} blocks! These are so cute! AND I love you change it up for the seasons! Very cute!

My LilliBean said...

Love love love this sweet idea!

LDH said...

Super cute project! Love the sweet little faces on your side bar :)

Fun stopping by to visit ~ looking forward to perusing your past posts :)

Kindly, Lorraine

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Very cute! Love all the possibilities! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

Sugar Patch Baby Boutique said...

I now have a project this weekend! This is a fantastic idea... Love it! Thank you for sharing!

Tabitha@InspiredByGiving said...

I don't know how I missed this post! This is such a cute idea!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!!

Ann@StringerMama said...

Ok - I LOVE this!!! I am SOOOO going to do it!! Thanks for sharing! I'm really excited now! :0) I'm totally following you now :-)

Crafty Gal On The Ridge said...

This is a really cute idea. You can make them for every Holiday & Birthdays. Luv Luv !!!!

Sheila said...

Thank you for sharing this idea. It looks wonderful!

Tracy @ CraftJunkieToo.com said...

What a great project -- I love how you can use one thing for so many different seasons. Thanks for sharing. :)

♥ Miss Tea said...

Love this! now i really want to buy the wooden blocks to make this! thanks for sharing the tutorial! so fun!


Carolyn said...

What a great project. I love how your blocks turned out. I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.

carolyn | homework

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

I love Mod Podge :) Those are beautiful, and I love how you have some for different occasions! Awesome ;) Thanks for linking up with us! Hope you come back and party with again soon!

Michelle said...

Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday! I LOVE this project, and featured it this week. www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

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