I was snooping around on some of my favorite craft blogs when I happened upon the cutest name blocks on The Creative Create. I decided that I was going to replicate these… with the help of the blog and my husband :).
Since my hubby is a contractor, we tend to have a lot of handy tools and left over “scraps” of things. He cut down a few pieces of scrap wood and sanded down the faces and edges. Then I spray pained the blocks white. I did about 3 solid coats.
Now was the fun part…antiquing. I have never done this before, so my husband gave me a tutorial. There’s actually a lot of different ways to antique…just depends on the materials you are working with and what look you are going for.
We used leather brown glossy spray paint, sandpaper, a brush, a rag, and a little antiquing white (mixture of white paint, water and glaze). We spray painted the brown on the edges and used the brush and rag to wipe the paint around and blend it in. The antiquing white was used when more white was needed in certain places (if that makes sense…).
When the paint dried, we went back with sandpaper and sanded all the edges to give it the worn, antique look.
Here is one of the blocks after the antiquing process (this piece of wood came from an old patio step)…
After all 3 blocks were finished, I used Ashley and Michelle’s Cricuts to cut out my vinyl letters. I placed the letters on the blocks and then painted them with a clear gloss to seal everything.
Are you ready for the finished product??
I can’t decide if I like “odgersons” on the top or bottom…what do you think? Either way, this was such a fun wood craft! And super inexpensive.
-3 wood blocks…had it = free
(The measurements of the blocks depend on the length of your last name and the size of letters you want to use. I used two 5″x23 1/2″ pieces of wood and one 9 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ piece of wood).
-white glossy spray paint…$1-$3 (depending on the brand)
-brown glossy spray paint…$1-$3
-paint brush…had it = free
-sandpaper…had it = free
-rag…had it = free
-brown vinyl…$5 (at Michael’s with a 50% off coupon)
-Cricut…borrowed from friends = free
My total cost was under $10!!!
Mine for the Making and yours for the trying :)