I love creating projects out of wood. These blocks are such a quick and simple craft that anyone can do - even the kids can help! The vinyl might be a little tricky for the smaller kids, but with a little help, it is certainly doable. I already had all the supplies, so this project literally cost me nothing. If you were to buy everything, I would think you'd spend less than $10.
I especially love the message on these blocks. It would be perfect mom or grandma for Mother's Day, or give them as a Teacher Appreciation gift to tell that inspiring teacher that their hard work doesn't go unnoticed. Or make one for yourself. We could all use a reminder that we are loved!!
2x4 block(s), cut 6"
Paint - I used Delta Ceramcoat in White and Tahiti Blue
Vinyl - I used pink and grey
Vinyl cutter or Xacto knife
Prep: Cut and sand the blocks. Make all sides and edges as smooth as possible. Find a quote, saying or image that you want to use with the vinyl.
Step 1: Paint the block(s). I used two coats of the blue, and three of the white. Let each coat dry completely before adding the next coat.
Step 2: When the paint is dry, use sandpaper to distress the edges. This isn't required, but I love the way it looks.
Step 3: While the paint is drying, cut the vinyl. I used Cricut Craft Room to put this saying together. If you don't have a vinyl cutter, you could also use an Xacto knife and a printout of your saying or quote. Wipe off the block (to remove any sawdust) and apply the vinyl.
Here's how to apply the vinyl if you've never worked with it before:
- After you "weed" out the vinyl, lay transfer tape over the top. Use a credit card or scraper to press the transfer tape over the vinyl. You are wanting the vinyl to stick to the transfer tape, so use a lot of pressure.
- Carefully and slowly pull the corner of the transfer tape. The vinyl should be stuck to the transfer tape. If not, lay the transfer tape back down and scrape the area again until it sticks.
- Line up your vinyl over the block (don't press it down just yet). The transfer tape is a bit transparent (see image above). Once it's in the place you want it, lay it down on the block, starting at the bottom. If you lay the whole thing down at once, you'll end up with a lot of air bubbles.
- Using a credit card or scraper, go over the transfer tape/vinyl (using a lot of pressure like before). Slowly peel up the transfer tape, starting at the corner. If the vinyl isn't sticking to the block, lay the transfer tape back down and scrape it again.
- Once the transfer tape is off, you're done. For a visual, see this quick video of the process from Cricut.
That's it! Now your blocks are done. Ready add to your decor as-is, or wrap with candy and a card for the perfect gift for moms, grandmas, friends, or teachers.