Name Blocks {tutorial}

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.

Materials/Cost:
-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 :)

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Comments

  1. I like the “odgersons” on the bottom…looks more natural that way due to the capital “R”. I must say that they are VERY cute, Kara! Great job!

  2. I got a cricut for Christmas but it was broken and had to send it back. Still havent gotten a replacment and am sad i dont get to do projects!

  3. Look at you MARTHA!!!!! Hahaa! Soooo Cute! I personally like the “ogersons” on the bottom… If you want an all access pass to my Bloggy pooh just e-mail me your e-mail on face book and i can sign you on as a reader!!!! Im sooo proud of you! I might have to Copy!!!!!

  4. so cute! how did you get blocks to stay together?

  5. Thank you for the input everyone! “odgersons” will stay on the bottom :)

    Arlena- we are getting a Cricut with our tax return…I am so excited!

    Jana- teachnkids9@gmail.com and I am so glad you like it!

    Melissa- the edges and faces were all sanded so that are farely flat and balance well. The blog I found this idea on shows the blocks tied together with a thin piece of tool. I may just hammer in some small support wood pieces on the back to make certain they won’t fall if bumped.

  6. Too cute! I am excited to make my jumbo-sized ones for above my kitchen cabinets!

  7. I LOVE it! Can you make us one? I will pay, I’m too scared to make it myself tho!!! did I mention that I LOVE IT!!!

  8. Megan you should totally try it!! I messed up like 20 times…but the beauty in it is that it’s hand-made :) If after you try it, you are not happy with it, I will make you one :)

  9. Megan you should totally try it!! I messed up like 20 times…but the beauty in it is that it’s hand-made :) If after you try it, you are not happy with it, I will make you one :)

  10. LoVe them!! They turned out great! I love the swirly’s you added! :) Thanks for sharing!! :)

  11. LoVe them!! They turned out great! I love the swirly’s you added! :) Thanks for sharing!! :)

  12. Lovely! I’d love to link on my blog! :)
    Amy
    emiliebean.blogspot.com

  13. Lovely! I’d love to link on my blog! :)
    Amy
    emiliebean.blogspot.com

  14. Love this!

  15. Ok, I HAD to follow the link over! I absolutely love this… what a neat idea! :]

  16. Ooooh I love this! Definitely put the name on the bottom. Wonder if my hubby has any scrap wood lying around here….

    Corinna

  17. very good idea, looks great

  18. I love this and am going to try it for myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Erin
    HomeSavvyAtoZ

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