Hi, I’m Jamie from Coffee With Us 3 and I’m so excited to be having my very first guest blogging experience with Sugar Bee Crafts! Coffee With Us 3 is written by 2 sisters (Kerry and Lucy) and their lifelong friend- me! We blog about everyday life, recipes, relationships, crafts… you name it, we write it!
What you will need for Merry Christmas Blocks:
One 4×4 (5 feet long will be more than enough) A saw (I’ve been told that some lumber stores will cut the wood for you, so if you don’t have a saw try calling your lumber store to see if they will do this) Sandpaper block or a sander Stain (I used Minwax 22250 1/2 Pint Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain, Red Mahogany– For all of the blocks, I might have used 1/4 of the 1/2 pint) An old rag and rubber gloves for staining Mod Podge (I used matte, but if you prefer gloss do whatever you’d prefer) Scrapbook Paper - a 12×12 printed sheet for your backgrounds, and a 12×12 solid sheet for your letters Scissors or a paper trimmer A foam paint brush *If you have a Cricut or some other machine that can cut letters, that will make this much easier. If not, you can choose to either stencil letters or use sticker letters. Directions: 1. A 4×4 isn’t actually 4″ by 4″. So if you want actual cube blocks, measure the size of your board (standard is 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″). Cut your board into 14 cubes. Give them a quick sanding. I did this with a block with sandpaper stapled to it, and it still only took me maybe 30 minutes. So it doesn’t need to be an amazing sanding. Just sand the edges down a bit so they aren’t sharp, and give each side a light sanding so that the stain will absorb better. If you have a belt sander, this step would be even faster. 2. Put on the rubber gloves. Dip the rag into the stain and rub stain onto each block. A little goes a long way. Let them dry. 3. In the meantime, cut the printed scrapbook paper into 3″ x 3″ squares. 4. If you’re using a Cricut or other cutting machine, cut out your letters. I did mine out of a 12″ x 6″ sheet of paper at 2 1/2. 5. After the blocks are completely dry, you can decoupage them. *Make sure you don’t get overzealous with the Mod Podge, or it will make your paper curl slightly, or even tear. 6. Using a foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to one side of a wooden block. Apply another thin layer to the back of your piece of scrapbook paper. Place the scrapbook paper onto the wooden block and smooth out any air bubbles that might have formed behind the scrapbook paper. Let each block dry for about 5 minutes- I just went through this step for each block, and by the time I got back to the first block it was plenty dry enough for the next step. 7. Once the blocks are dry, repeat the Mod Podge steps by applying a layer to the front of the scrapbook paper and to the back of the letter you’re adhering. If you are using stickers, just stick the stickers on instead. While this part is still wet, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the letter as well, to seal it. You may be able to see the brush strokes, but rest assured, Mod Podge dries clear. 8. Once the blocks are dry, you’re ready to decorate. Put the blocks up however you want, add some garland, Christmas lights, or whatever you love! I’m so grateful to Mandy for letting me share with you all today! Come on by Coffee With Us 3 and check out the tutorial to make these blocks reversible, as well as these fun (and easy) Fleece Earflap Hats that would make wonderful Christmas presents!