Monday, June 21, 2010

USA Blocks with Tutorial!

Yesterday my mom and I were talking about how we need something patriotic to decorate our homes with. I immediately thought to do some blocks! My parents have a ton of scrap wood at their house and so my dad and my husband cut some blocks out of the wood for us to make our USA blocks!

When brainstorming what I was going to do I decided to do more like an Americana color scheme. I like the deep reds, blues, and the antique whites. I found my paper first and then went from there! I really like how they turned out and now I have something to decorate my house with for the 4th of July! :)

Step 1: Cut out your blocks!
I thought it would be cute to incorporate some smaller blocks with the letter blocks to give it more detail and so for this project you will need three 6" x 6" blocks for the letters and for the little blocks you will need to cut them -- 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"

Step 2:
**make sure you sand your blocks very well, if you don't any paper you mod podge on the blocks with bubble because air can get under it!

Step 3:
Paint your blocks, I used an antique white color and a darker red color for my blocks. You could also incorporate some blue somewhere as well!

Step 4:
Distress your blocks! For this I used my new favorite product Rub n' Buff and also some sandpaper!

Step 5:
Cut out your letters and stars. For the letters I used my Cricut Cartridge Alphalicious and they were cut 4 1/2" tall. The stars are a variety of different sizes from 1" all the way to 3".

Step 6:
Mod podge your letters on your blocks! Make sure you rub the letters flat on the block so you don't get any bubbling later on. Mod podge the small stars on the three blocks as well.

Step 7:
Embellishment Time!
Use your stars, ribbons, and buttons to embellish the stars however you like!

This project is so easy! The hardest part for me was finding the perfect paper!!! :) It was also very inexpensive. The wood didn't cost me a dime so the only thing I really had to buy was some paper and ribbon! I bought enough supplies to make 5 sets for my mom and sisters and it ended up costing about $5.00 for each set! Not too shabby!!
Let me know what you think!!


Unknown said...

They turned out super cute! ~Bridgette

Summer Rae said...

Adorable! Love the star blocks on the sides.

Veronica said...

Love the blocks they came out great.

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Super cute!! Love them :)

Brandon Weight said...

Girl you know how to craft!!!

Unknown said...

Great tutorial. Would you like to share it w/my readers? Thursday I'm hosting Fab Finds for the Fourth, if you'd like to stop by.

Andrea said...

That turned out really cute! congrats on being pregnant! That is super exciting. My name is andrea and our husbands are cousins. We've never met though because we live out in arkansas right now. thanks for all the great ideas.

Jill said...

This is so cute. I love the muted look that it has instead of bright whites, reds, and blues. Ik adore all the blocks people have been making and am dying to try it myself. I'm actually thinking about making a set that says HOME for my mantle (I currently have a blog post asking for help with my mantle

Also, I'd love to hear more about rub n buff. Is it like a paint, or ink? What kind of surfaces can you use it on? Is it expensive? Easy to use??


Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

Looks awesome! I love all your stuff you make I have some blocks waiting to be painted and finished up right now in the garage. Where do you get the rub n buff at?

Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

Super cute and LOVE the price tag! can't beat $5. Thanks for joining the Patriotic Parade!
have a safe and happy 4th!
Linda said...

Your blocks are so much fun and really easy! Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

Firenze said...

Just wonderful! I think I'll need to make sets for each season too :) TFS this great project.
Helen -- Firenze Cards