Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall Decorative Blocks

I made these blocks at a craft night for my Relief Society. They turned out cute.  They are made of different size wooden blocks and covered with patterned papers and vinyl letters.
Start by staining the wood blocks with dark colored stain (dark walnut was used on these blocks). Wipe off your blocks and let stain dry completely.  Then cover with papers by spreading Modge Podge on the wood block first and then laying the paper over the top (you will need to make sure that you papers are precut). After you have covered with the papers then apply the vinyl letters onto the paper, then seal the top with Modge Podge.  I did not let the stain dry long enough because of time restraints so I had a little problem with the stain soaking though the papers.  In order to fix the problem I simply inked the papers on the blocks to make it look like they were supposed to be like that.

Here is how they turned out.  I measured the dimensions of the blocks if anyone is interested.  The papers should be cut just slightly smaller than the block.  The vinyl letters can be cut on a Cricut machine or purchased (you will have to scale the letters according to the block size as well).  Here is the breakdown:

G v H k --3 1/4" x 3 3/4"
T S--  3 1/4" x 4 3/4"
e --  2 1/4" x 4 1/4"
n --  2 1/4" x 3 3/4"
a --  2 1/4" x 3 1/4"
I --  2 1/4" x 4 3/4"

I love how they turned out and I might be making more next year for gifts.  Not many people have a lot of Thanksgiving decorations or fall decor so I think this would make a fabulous gift!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Elections are over.....more crafting to come!

My dad ran for the legislature and won this week.  He is one of the new members of the House of Representatives for the State of Utah.  I am so proud of him.  This week has been crazy busy with a late night Tuesday staying up to see results on the elections and then a few sick kids, parent/teacher conferences, etc.

Most of my craft projects have been put on hold, but I am working on my swap items.  I am hosting a swap on the CTMH bulletin boards for Christmas gift ideas.  Here is the altered canvas panel that I created for one of my spots in the swap.

I used the Simple Pleasures paper packet (retired).  I made my own paper flowers and the saying is from the Make it Count stamp set.  The metal embellishments are the filigree charms and the ribbon is the colonial white crochet ribbon.
I am working on creating more of the satin flower bracelets (singed flowers) and I will post them with instructions later this week.