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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

{2x6 spring decor}




Spring is coming!

We've had such beautiful weather the past couple of days, and after a long and cold winter, we are {so} happy that the end is in sight. We've been outdoors as much as possible, with trips to the park, nature center, and in our own backyard.

I don't have much by the way of spring decor, and wanted a little something to celebrate. So, I headed down to the workshop, went through all the scraps of wood, chose a 2x6 board about 8 inches in length, and got to work!

This is such a fast and easy project, plus it's super inexpensive. It would make a fun gift, and would also be perfect for a craft day. I chose "spring" for my text, but you can use this technique to spell out anything you like!

Spring Block Decor


ITEMS YOU NEED:
  • 2x6 board
  • vinyl lettering "negative space" OR stencils
  • spray paint
  • craft paint
  • stain
  • power sander, or rough grit sandpaper
  • ribbon
DIRECTIONS:

1. Paint your board with spray paint. I used Rustoleum's Aqua...such a fun spring color! Then I painted it again, white this time, and then a third time with the aqua again. (This is so the white would show through when I distressed it later.)

2. I used my Silhouette to cut out vinyl to spell "spring" (font = tingle institute). Without removing any vinyl, I cut each letter out, so I had 6 different pieces. That is an important step! If you don't, it will make it much more difficult to remove the negative space without ruining the whole thing. Then I removed the actual letter from the center, leaving just the outside vinyl, or negative space. Once the paint is dry, place the vinyl on your board, and press down firmly--sealing the edges as close as you can to the board.


*If you don't have a Silhouette, you have a few options:

a. order vinyl (I love Writings on the Wall)
b. use stencils (Click HERE for my tutorial on how to make your own)
c. Lemon Tree Creations has an easy way to transfer a pencil outline for painting...check it out HERE!

3. Use craft paint to paint the insides of your stencil and let dry. Repeat if necessary.


4. I chose to use the negative space to paint the letters on versus using the vinyl letters, because I really wanted a distressed look--even the text. Take your power sander or sandpaper and go over the entire piece of wood, including over the words. Be careful over the words, because craft paint will come off quickly.

5. Once it's sanded to where you like it, you're ready to add a little stain. Dab a small amount of stain (I use Minwax Dark Walnut) on a lint-free rag, and blot it a few times. You don't need much, so it's better to err on the side of being lighter than darker. Gently run the stain along the edges and face of your block, using the rag to remove any excess.

6. Tie your ribbon on!



I liked it so much next to the yellow, that I tied it on the my wreath for a different look. Whether you set it out for display, or make your own spring wreath, it's darling!


I {LOVE} it!

.....

Happy Spring!


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12 Comments:

Blogger The Allen Family said...

I love it too! :)

March 22, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Mindie Hilton said...

I just posted on 3 spring wreaths today, great minds think alike. I love yours.

Check it out if you want and enter my give away if you likhttp://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/03/spring-wreaths-rain-snow-or-shine-its.htmle too.

March 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

The blue and yellow look so great together. Love that forsythia wreath. I'm thinking I need to make a Spring block too. What a fun, simple project.

March 22, 2011 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger alison said...

What a wonderful project, I have featured this in today's "Idea List" on my blog:
www.StashHappy.com

March 22, 2011 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

LOVE IT!!! The forsythia wreath is adorable and the sign makes it just perfect!

March 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger craftykat said...

Love the blue for the sign! Thanks for all the tips and suggestions on how to do it... I think the next sign I make will involve my electric sander... Thanks!

March 22, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Chessa said...

Super cute! I'm gonna craft it up tomorrow. I've got LOTS of scrap wood in the garage!

March 22, 2011 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Our Seven Dwarfs said...

Just wanted to tell you, Thank you! You rock! Thanks for changing your blog settings so I can the full post in my RSS feed. You are fabulous! I really appreciate it. Now I can see all the wonderful crafts you are making!

Jill of oursevendwarfs.com

March 22, 2011 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I can't wait for Spring.

Very cute. I have a Spring wreath that I made years ago. I have to admit it's starting to show wear and tear. This makes me want to change it up. Thanks.

March 23, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I love the Spring block and wreath! They look so pretty together! Hoping for some spring weather here soon:)

March 27, 2011 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I want to know where your wreath came from. I've been looking for something exactly like it. Any hints????

April 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Jill-

I got it at Target a couple of years ago. I think you could make your own though, using a wreath from Micheals (or other similar store) and flowers from JoAnns. You could also try looking at Hobby Lobby or other boutique-type store for an already made wreath.

April 19, 2011 at 11:22 AM  

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