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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Name Blocks

I had seen blocks with letter on them, and thought it would be a cute idea to have them on our mantle.  My father-in-law works with wood, and tends to have scraps--so he was generous enough to give me 5 cut squares of a 2x4.  (Or, at least I think that is what he cut up)

I took them home, and found letter that would compliment our living room decor.  I then found coordinating paper to go behind the letters.  I glued it all on with a tape runner, and then modpodged on top of the paper and letters.  After the mod podge dried, I then added embellishments such as ribbon, crackets, flowers, etc.

The backs of the letters seemed a little plain, so I decided that I would devote each block to a family member-  So, on the backs of each of them there are individual pictures and embellishments.  They never get turned to that side, but it is a nice surprise when someone picks them up to look at them.

These simple and cheap little blocks have become quite a staple on my mantle--even at the new house.  If you have some scrap wood, I would encourage you to try these.  They are simple, and can be adapted easily to whatever suits you.  You can use any word or name-- Maybe the word, CREATE for your scrapbooking area, or the word BABY for a nursery.  Have fun with it, and let me know if you try it out!

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