Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to Make Seasonal Wooden Block Signs

          Doing crafts is such a stress reliever for me.  Amy and I recently created  two sided wooden block signs and had so much fun doing it. The ultimate bonus is that this craft is easy!  Anyone, even the most inexperienced, can do this and it will turn out great. So, let's get started.

First, gather the materials.
  • wooden blocks
  • vinyl letters
  • paint
  • Modpodge
  • sandpaper
  • foam paint brushes
  • paper
I purchases a kit that included instructions, vinyl letters, and pre-cut wooden blocks from Thoughts In Vinyl.
I used scrapbook paper from my craft cabinet.  I find that card stock or thicker papers are a little easier to work with when you are using Modpodge.

 Here are the steps:
  1. Paint your wooden blocks with a color that coordinates with your paper and theme.  I used white and Amy used black.

  2. While the paint is drying, cut your paper to fit the blocks.  Cut the paper 1/4 inch smaller than the measurement of the block.  This way your block will have a small border. If a wooden block is 5 inches x 5 inches, then cut a piece of paper that is 4.75 inches x 4.75 inches.  

  3. Once the paint on the blocks is completely dry, apply a coat of Modpodge to the side of the block where you are putting the paper.  Make sure to cover it completely and to catch any drips going down the side before they dry. Lay your paper on the modpodged wood and quickly center it.  Using the  foam brush, gently rub the whole paper, pushing it into the block.   Carefully apply another coat of Modpodge over the top of the paper.Press out any air bubbles before they dry.

  4. Repeat for each block.  
  5. Allow the Modpodge to dry completely.
  6. If you want a distressed look, gently sand the edges of the wood or the paper.  I did this on one side of my blocks and not on the other.  
  7. Apply the vinyl lettering according to the package instructions.  

AND THAT'S IT! It took about 4 1/2 hours to complete this craft.  That is mostly because of the drying time.    Give it a try and have fun! 

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