Thursday, March 1, 2012

SPRING Blocks

Spring will be here before we know it!
 Here is an old guest post tutorial I did last year that I never shared here at At Home With K.

Today I'll be showing you how to make these fun spring blocks.


Supplies you will need:
scrap wood
scrapbook paper
Pencil
Scissors
Mod Podge
Old Brush or Foam Brush
Sandpaper
Paint
Stencils
Stencil Brush
Old English Scratch Remover-optional


First, you will need 6 small pieces of wood. They can be random sizes so don't worry about measuring. I used all leftover pieces of scrap wood I had.

Then get out your scrapbook paper. I used 3 different designs for my block set. You can use only one design or multiple designs. Whatever you like. Take a pencil and trace the sprapbook paper around the wood. It doesn't have to be perfect. Remember, no measuring. :) Then cut the paper where you traced.


Now we're ready to glue our paper down to the wood pieces. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the wood then apply the paper. Smooth down the paper to get all the air bubbles out.
**If you don't have Mod Podge on hand then I like to mix 50/50 water and school glue and use that instead.


When all the paper is glued down to each wood piece then stack some books on top to secure the paper to the wood. I wait about an hour before going to the next step.


After the glue seems dry, then it's time to stencil your letters. I do this very random. Just like the blocks, the letters will also be staggered. If you don't want to stencil letters, you can also use letter stickers. OR if you are lucky enough, you can use your Cricut or Silhouette machine to cut out some letters for you. I don't, so I'm sticking with my stencils.

After my stenciling is dry, I take my sandpaper and sand down the edges of the wood/paper. If you really like the distressed look then you can sand the entire scrapbook paper to give it a more worn look.

This is an extra step but you can add some distressing ink to the edges of the paper. I used Old English Furniture Scratch Cover to the edges.


An easy project to create for your home or a gift.

Create a set for each season or your Favorite Inspirational Word or your Child's Name...the ideas are endless.


Are you ready for spring?


Linking up HERE

20 comments:

  1. Yes, I am so ready for Spring. I love these, great job!

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    1. Thanks Carey! I'm ready for the warmer temps, sunny skies...but not the tornado season. :(

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  2. Thanks Kindra! So simple and would be great for all the holidays, the possibilities are endless! This is even something the kids can do and pick out their own papers. What fun! Thank you for sharing with us!

    Have a delightful day~

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    1. Yes, the possibilities are endless. These would be cute for your kiddo's names as well. :)

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  3. I won a set of these in your giveaway last Spring and I still have them up in my kitchen. I remember one day in November my son asked if I was going to take them down and I said "No". He said it's not Spring mom. Well maybe I had Spring on my mind, Lol! Maybe I should make a set for each season! Thanks for the tutorial, Kindra! Enjoy your day!

    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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    1. LOL Well I'm glad you loved them so much that you kept them up all year! :) Makes me happy!

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  4. I think I could give this a try. Where does everyone buy their stencils? I've looked at the usual craft stores and I'm either not looking at the right ones, or they are out, because I never see cute letter stencils.

    ~Bliss~

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    1. I got mine online a long time ago. I think off ebay and can't remember the seller's name. Hobby Lobby and Michaels carry a lot of cute stencils lately. Try looking there. And I know others create them themselves with machines like cricut or silhouette...or if you are like me and don't own any. :) Then I use an exacto knife.

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  5. Those look so great! I love the vintage look your paper adds. : )..

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  6. I LOVE them Kindra!! So cute, I may need to try it! I can't wait for spring...but it just snowed here :(

    hope you are doing well!

    Leanne

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  7. I just love these. I have pinned them under my Things To Make pin. Great idea.

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  8. This is a beautiful idea! I think I will try to make some for my mantle.
    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! Very, very pretty!

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  9. These are beautiful. I am inspired!
    New follower,
    Eilis
    my-heart-lives-here.blogspot.com

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  10. I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-your-stuff-13-chocolate-cover.html

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  11. I love these blocks - they look great. I am stopping in from TheStuffofSuccess. Have a great week. Thanks Athena

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  12. This is so cute! We would love to have you link this up to our party! http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunday-best-fashion-crafts.html

    -chelz
    griffithsrated.blogspot.com

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  13. These are absolutely beautiful and so chic! I would love for you to link up with Make-It-Yourself Monday at my blog, An Original Belle. Each Monday three links get featured! Thanks! I hope to see you there!

    http://anoriginalbelle.blogspot.com/2012/03/make-it-yourself-monday-18-link-up.html

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  14. So simple, but so adorable! I love these. It's been unseasonably warm here this week. I need to start my spring decorating.

    Have a lovely week!
    Deborah

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I am so happy you stopped by my blog! I appreciate all your fun comments!