This is all about building blocks of love. Now how in the world did I go from cutting down a pallet to creating building blocks of love is beyond me. But Valentine’s Day is coming up so this is a good craft project to celebrate the holiday.
That’s right I was cutting down a pallet so when I need some wood I am ready to go. This pallet happened to have 3 x 3’s holding boards along the bottom of the pallet. So as I am sawing away a random thought popped in my head that these little blocks of wood are cute.
And I am going to paint them and write “L” “O” “V” “E” on each one. Then on the other sides I am going to add heart and things. That way I can play with them and rearrange them.
So after I cut off four of the blocks I had to sand them so they would be smooth to the touch. Once smooth I used the Antique White DIY chalk paint left over from another project. The recipe I use is one part Plaster of Paris, add enough water for a pancake or crepe like consistency. Then add 3 parts of paint, mix well.
After the paint dried, I used the orbital sander with 60 grit sandpaper to lift some of the paint off so the wood will show through.
Then it was time to start building the blocks of love. I used a 2 inch stencil and placed “L” on one block and traced around it with my pencil. I decided not to use the stencil brush but to fill in the letters with my paintbrush.
Of course next came “O”, then “V” and “E”I pulled out the Martha Stewart Holiday stencil. Using the three little hearts, I placed them on the top of each block in random spots. Then on the backside I penciled in a heart on a block, an open heart on another and an arrow on the 3rd block and the key (key to my heart) on the final block.
After I penciled in the letters, hearts and key and arrow I had a big decision to make. Red paint or Gold paint. In the end I chose gold. Although red is my favorite color, I felt the gold would make these a little more upscale. I painted the hearts and letters but you can also use a paint pen.
I like putting rustic with elegance so I felt that is what the gold paint would do. Once the paint dried, I used the clear wax and then added a little bit of medium brown wax to age the blocks.
And this is how to Build the Blocks of Love.
4 blocks of wood 3 x 3
White Chalk Paint
Gold Craft Paint
L, O, V, E 2 inch Letter Stencils similar to the ones I used
Martha Stewart Holiday Stencils
Sander with 60 grit sand paper
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