Thursday, September 24, 2009
If you've been to any sort of craft show you've seen the blocks that have letters on them. And most of the time they sell for like 5-10 dollars, depending on the amount of blocks of course. I've always wanted to make some myself but thought it would be to expensive or to much work. Man was I wrong! Okay first of all if your crafty or even if your not this was so easy to do. It was a little time consuming but I was doing 11 blocks. And can I say cheapest project ever. I'll go over the cost at the end. So here we go, I'm so happy with how these turned out! I didn't want to give them away...
First thing I did was measure out my my blocks. I bought a 2x4x10 and had home depot cut it down into 3rds, mainly so I could get to fit in my car. (And they can cut any wood down to a foot, and for free, just an FYI) I was surprised when i discovered a 2x4 isn't really 4 inches, more like 3 1/2... So I cut mine 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.
I used a Chop saw to do the cutting. Luckily my brother left all his tools over from when he did the trim in my sons room. I figured I can use them, I'll just try my best not to break anything...
After I cut them down, they were all splintered....As you can see, but I was planing on sanding them down any ways to soften the edges up.
Now the fun stuff. Paint! I like painting, I don't know why but I do. I don't like painting houses but small things, oh and no details just solids colors...I know I'm weird, anyways....I just painted them all the same color, and it matched the paper I was using.
While my blocks were drying I cut out all my paper. I cut my squares of paper 3 1/4 x 3 1/4. I then inked the edges. Cut out and assembled the letters, and decorated my squares of paper before adhering them to the blocks.
After my paint was dry, I sanded down all the edges. Just to give them a worn look.
And then glued my paper down using "clear tacky glue" And TADA all finished!
The 2x4x10 only cost $2.48. And if my math is right you can get 33 blocks out of the 10 feet. So you could do the alphabet! But anyways I know I haven't posting much, but I recently found out I'm pregnant, and the morning/all day sickness isn't helping my crafty side at all. Hopefully only a few more weeks of this and then I can get back to myself.
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