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Monday, September 14, 2009

{seasonal wood blocks}




LOVE this! These 7 wood blocks spell at least 16 different words (and you might be able to find more)that cover every season and almost every holiday. When I saw this idea, the biggest decision I had to make was what color to paint them!
I did change it up a little bit--instead of pre-made blocks, I bought 4x4 posts at Home Depot and cut them into 4 inch squares. It was immensely less expensive to do it this way, and I like the larger size.
Here are all the words they can spell:

Harvest
Welcome
Friends
Faith
Family
Spooky
Winter
Freedom
Blessed
Snow
Home
Hope
Monster
Mother
Dream
Easter

ITEMS YOU NEED:

-4x4 post, cut into 4 inch squares. A large hardware store should be able to do this for you. (or you can purchase pre-cut wood blocks at a craft store)
-craft or spray paint
-vinyl letters: ( I used the Americana font, all lowercase letters)

BLOCK 1- H, Y, E, D
BLOCK 2- A, C, R, S
BLOCK 3- R, P, E, T
BLOCK 4- V, N, L, O
BLOCK 5- E, O, M, D
BLOCK 6- S, M, K, I
BLOCK 7- T, F, B, W

DIRECTIONS:

-sand rough edges of blocks
-paint blocks
-distress edges if desired
-apply vinyl lettering

Make these today!!

25 Comments:

Blogger Granny J said...

Found your blog today...love it! Great ideas.

September 14, 2009 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger The Harris Family said...

I also found your blog today and have really enjoyed looking at all of your projects. (Hope you don't mind.) I really like these blocks and the fact you can change them to so many different words. Thanks for sharing this.

September 14, 2009 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger n8'swife said...

I think I need to head to home depot for a 4x4 post! Thanks for the idea.

September 14, 2009 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I love your blog!! You have such cute ideas!

September 16, 2009 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Price is Right said...

These blocks are way cute!!! Thats awesome how they can spell so many things! I'm always looking for ideas for our home! You have great cute ideas! :)

September 19, 2009 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Oooo... I love this! I am filing it away at thecraftersfilebox.blogspot.com.

Thanks so much for sharing!!

October 19, 2009 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Adoreable idea! Im gonna have to try it out!!

-Kristin
Were having a blog party check us out! http://thisisthestoryofagirlll.blogspot.com/2009/10/sign-up-here.html

October 21, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger The Freestyle Mom said...

Someone is much smarter than me to have figured this out!

Thanks for the idea.

October 27, 2009 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Gina Sisco said...

OMG, One project, every holiday!!! Got it covered. Also thx for info on cutting the boards down, knew there had to be a more cost effective way of doing this. Love the blog gals!!

October 28, 2009 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Heather Mills said...

Do you know a good place to buy vinyl? I have a bunch of ladies that want to get together and do this project. I am in charge and do not know the first thing about vinyl lettering so any info would be greatly appreciated!
heathermills24(at)gmail(dot)com

October 31, 2009 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Merrilyn Dyches Harris said...

This is SO great!

I was thinking that if I changed the "L" with an "S" than I could get the words LOVE and BELIEVE out of these too..However, I dont want to mess up all the other words by switching them! My brain doesnt want work right now for me to figure it all out and make sure. So I think I am goign to have to make them first and wait to put on the "L" and "S" and see if the other words will still work. What do you think?

January 7, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Heather G said...

Hi! I just want to tell you I love your blog. You have a lot of great ideas, and I dig your style. I made my own set of seasonal blocks awhile back. I changed the lettering a bit, but for the most part I copied your tutorial. Here's a look at what I did

http://somehomemadefun.blogspot.com/2009/11/decorative-letter-blocks.html

February 9, 2010 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

@Heather Mills: Cricut makes adhesive vinyl in 12"x24" sheets. You can cut it by hand but if you know anyone with a cricut machine, ask them to do it for you on their machine. Actually, I think the small ones are getting pretty inexpensive... you might want to just buy one if you have other uses for it too. I love mine!

June 19, 2010 at 1:01 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

of course, you could also hand letter them or make stencils from card stock. Also, what's to stop you from putting letters on the other two sides of each cube? that way you could get the L for LOVE and BELIEVE. Just as long as you make sure the cut sides are sanded smooth.

June 19, 2010 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

I have been looking for you forever! :) I saw your blocks back in September when I first started viewing blogs. I bookmarked your page and then my computer died. I'm so glad that I have found you again. Now I'm going to follow so that I never lose you again :)

Mel

June 27, 2010 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Kristen Elise Designs said...

I love these! Can you tell me what color red paint you used and what color vinyl? thanks so much!

June 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

I used a spray paint by Rustoleum--Colonial Red, and the vinyl is cream!

September 6, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

LOVE the blocks! We are so doing this for a craft night for my ward! (and the pumpkins too) Thanks for the great ideas!

http://jkmade.blogspot.com/2010/09/craft-night.html

September 14, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger beanandcarolyn said...

I LOVE your blog. I'm thinking of using these as family, friends christmas gifts. Though, I am new to vinyl lettering and am somewhat intimidated by the idea. What are some options on finding simple vinyl lettering? Thanks for all your GREAT ideas.

October 6, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

beanandcarolyn--There is a link in my right sidebar that will take you to the site I use for vinyl lettering. It will give you lots of ideas of quotes, fonts, colors, plus ways to use the lettering. Call and talk to Becky--she's great to work with, and will walk you you anything you need!

October 6, 2010 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger Jaymee said...

Love this idea!
http://craftyheartswarmhome.blogspot.com/

December 8, 2010 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger CraftyBrit said...

I may have commented on how much I love these already, but just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know you can also spell out "Be Mine" perfect for V-day :)

January 29, 2011 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger ditndetes said...

I made these today for my mom for her birthday. I don't want to give them to her!! I am going to have to make another set for myself now! Thank you!!!

February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

i was wondering what you have the other sides painted as? thanks!

March 4, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Megan--

All sides are painted red, and only 4 sides of each block have the vinyl on them. The other 2 sides (the rough sides, where the wood was cut) are still red--just no vinyl. Is that what you mean?

March 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM  

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