Monday, January 23, 2012

Make It Monday: Valentine's Blocks


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I've never been very excited about Valentine's Day but this year I am. I don't know why. Maybe it's because my husband will be home for it this year, so this will be our first Valentine's Day as husband and wife. With two kiddos, we won't be going anywhere, but we can have our own at-home Valentine's Day and tell each other how awesome the other is and how much we love each other. No, really, my husband isn't the mushy gushy type, so he'll probably buy me a joke card and candy in a heart-shaped box, while I'm at work on Valentine's Day and call it a day. HAHA! Gotta love him!

 Valentine's Day is typically a holiday I don't decorate for, but I thought this year, why not. I love pink and girly colors and Valentine's Day can be the perfect excuse for decorating the house in these colors without TJ saying no. LOL! I wanted something fairly simple and after seeing these blocks I knew I wanted my own.

Materials Needed

2 x 4 wood cut into 3 square pieces
Scrapbook Paper 
*You don't have to have a Cricut. This is for the letters that will go on the blocks. You can use stencils and paint them, or free hand the letters on and even cut your own letters out by hand, but as I have a Cricut, it's what I used.

1.   While I was Lowe's on day, I had decided I would have them cut me 2 x 4 into some square 4 x 4 pieces knowing I would find a use for them at some point. They were very hesitant to do it because the pieces were so small, but they agreed since I said they didn't have to worry about it when they got the end and the piece was really small. 

2.   I took my pieces and sanded them down so they were smooth.

3. After sanding the blocks, I painted them all red.



4. Once the red was dry, I painted one of the blocks white, one of the blocks pink, and left the third block red.



5.   I allowed the paint to dry, and then sanded the edges and corners to give the blocks a distressed look. Doing this will allow the red to peek through on the pink and white blocks



6.   Using my Cricut and purple scrapbook, I cut out some words for each block.



7.   After I had my words cut out, I spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on each block, then laid the words out the way I wanted them. 

8.   Finally, I spread another thin layer over the block and letters.



9.   Let the blocks dry and display your blocks!



What kind of Valentine's Day decor do you have in your house? Have you made anything Valentine's Day related? Share them with me. You can upload your pics and links (if you have a site) via email, the Flickr group, or on my Facebook page and you could end up on Show Me Saturday!

18 comments:

  1. Cute! I love the distressed look.

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    1. Thank you! The distressed look is my favorite part about these

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  2. Nice! I have a pile of scrap wood in my basement and I think that some of them need to be made into something like this. (saw your post on Sumo's Sweet Stuff)

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    1. That's another thing I love about this project. It's so inexpensive. Many people have scraps of wood laying around to use, and if not it's only a few dollars at Lowe's or Home Depot.

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  3. Love it! I hope you will come by and Link Up to the I Heart Projects Party I am having on my blog.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

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  4. Those are adorable, good job! I would love for you to link up at my Valentines Party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  5. very cute! :) feel free to link up your Valentine projects here:
    http://www.summitstreetjoy.com/2012/01/free-valentines-day-printable-subway.html
    thanks!
    xo - lauren

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    1. Thank you! I'll head over now! Thank you for checking me out!

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  6. Those came out great. I love how you distressed them so the other paint peeks through. I am a new Twitter follower visiting from Someday Crafts. Vicky from Mess For Less

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    1. Thank you! The distressed part is definitely my favorite part! I'll pop on over to your site now. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I like the distressed look of these. Great job. Happy you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

    www.bearrabbitbear.com

    P.S. I'd like to invite you back to check out my new blog makeover and to enter my current giveaways!! Have an excellent weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I'll be sure to head over to your blog and check everything out. Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. Featuring your blocks tomorrow night at Project Queen's Highlight Party.
    Thanks so much for linking them up.

    Mandy
    projectqueen.org

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