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Saturday, February 6, 2010

{newspaper heart blocks}

I have been wanting to do a project with newspaper forever! I had some extra wood blocks laying around, and when I saw THIS post, it all came together. I love, love, love how they turned out!


2x6 board, cut into 5 1/2 inch squares (When you buy lumber, it's always about 1/2 inch smaller than it says--so a 6 inch board is actually around 5 1/2 inches.)
  • cardstock
  • Mod Podge and foam brush
  • newspaper
  • scissors
  • paper trimmer
  • ribbon or other embellishment
  • Distress ink
  • Paint and distress wood blocks.
  • Router the edges if desired.
  • Cut cardstock to be just a little smaller than the edge of the routered edge.
  • Distress the edges.
  • Cut out heart from newspaper. I used a section from the classifieds/tv guide, where the print is small and more even. Distress edges.
  • Using double stick tape, adhere the heart to the cardstock.
  • Mod Podge the cardstock to the wood block, using even strokes. Let dry.
  • Add desired embellishment.
P.S. I started out blogging under a pseudonym--sweetpea, mostly for the sake of anonymity and security, since I don't have a common name. However, I have decided that I'm ready to use my real name. name is Kierste. :)

Have a great weekend everyone!



Blogger Lei said...

Fun idea!!!

February 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Sherrie said...


February 7, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger ~Bobbi~ said...

Love these...and of course I think I have all these supplies already. My favorite thing about your ideas is it's usually stuff I have!

February 7, 2010 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger said...

this is an adorable craft!
you really have a beautiful real name!

February 7, 2010 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Outofmymind said...

I love the blocks, did you have to spray the newspaper first so the ink wouldn't smear? I LOVE your real name. How do you pronounce it? My daughters name is Kerstin but is pronounced Care-st-in, the German pronunciation. I always follow your blog and am always inspired by you. Thanx for sharing your talent. Kelli Hansen

February 7, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Lanie Ree said...

This is so pretty!

February 7, 2010 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Wife and Mama said...

Yay Kierste (aka Sweet Pea). I have extra blocks laying around from last year . . . I can't wait to make a newspaper heart block! Thanks for sharing!

February 7, 2010 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger kierste@brown paper packages said...


I didn't spray the newspaper first, but I knew they wouldn't be handled much after they were finished. My name is pronounced the Scandinavian way: K-ear-stee. I love the way you say your daughter's name as well.

February 7, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger just call me jo said...

I don't have wooden blocks lying around. I thought from just seeing it that it was a distressed frame around the cardstock. Couldn't I do that too? I like the idea of the newspaper heart and the distressed edges. The trim is cute too. I think I'll try that. OK?

February 7, 2010 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger CRAZYMOM said...

Cute project! Cute blog! Glad I found you from the Barnes Yard. :)

February 7, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Fran. said...

Really cute! How awesome to use newspaper! I've been trying to thing of something to use my old phone books for! They are always giving us new ones! To many for me and I hate to throw them away! But I can't keep them all either! I wonder what I could do with the yellow pages? Maybe something for Easter! Thanks for the inspiration! Take care, XO (you do have a pretty name too!)

February 7, 2010 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Really cute idea!


February 7, 2010 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Miss Dot said...

Oooo -- wow! Cute idea AND what a big reveal at the end there! I'm always super sensitive about revealing information on my blog so kudos to you for getting your name out there!! It's a very pretty name, too :)

February 8, 2010 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Cute blocks, and super cute name! Thanks for the inspiration!

February 8, 2010 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger kierste@brown paper packages said...

Just call me could definitely use a frame for this project. Great idea!

February 8, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what it is, but there is something about the look of newspaper! I love it!!

February 8, 2010 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Miss Tiff said...

Hi Kierste, welcome! I think these are just too cute, the black/white/red has so much pop. does one have wooden blocks hanging around?

February 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Very cute idea.

Your name is beautiful.

February 8, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

very creative! thanks for sharing!

February 8, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger kierste@brown paper packages said...

Miss Tiff--

I made a bunch of photo blocks last year, and had some leftover wood from that. I use a lot of wood, so I have a big heap of scraps in our workshop. They sure come in handy!

February 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger jenjen said...

Those are so cute. I love the newspaper too! Adorable!


February 9, 2010 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger hope said...

I adore these! My DH is a newspaper publisher, so newsprint is never at a shortage! I can't wait to try these out!

May 3, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I just came across these when I came to look at another project of yours, and I LOVE them. BTW, how do you get that You Might Also Like part on your posts (under your name)?

January 5, 2011 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Also I am featuring these today on

January 5, 2011 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...


If you go to, and you can follow the prompts and get the code for your blog. It doesn't take too long to set up!

Thank you for the feature!

January 5, 2011 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

What a wonderful idea! They are just adorable! I've featured these on my 'Journey of the Heart' post today at

January 28, 2012 at 2:54 PM  

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