Monday, December 6, 2010

Noel Blocks Tutorial

I've been meaning to get this tutorial up since last week but my week was crazy busy! But here it is, my first Christmas tutorial for the year! Drum roll please . . . .


NOEL Blocks

Materials

- 4 4x4x4 blocks
- modge podge
- Christmas color paints
- Christmas scapbook paper
- 20 gauge wire
- sponge brush
- wire cutter, needle nose plier and hammer
- spray paint (optional)
- drill
- hot glue
- vinyl lettering NOEL (4 of each letter)


Instructions

First you will need to start out with 4 blocks cut into cubes. (I went to Homedepot and had them cut a 4x8 piece of wood for me.) Make sure to sand the edges for a smooth finish.

Next we paint! I painted so that there would be a small square in the middle to hold the block. (Smart, I know.) You will need to do at least 2 coats.


Now, while the paint is drying on the blocks you will need to cut out small squares of scrapbook paper. Cut them into 2 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in squares.



After the paint has fully dried you are ready to glue on the squares. Apply a thin coat of modge podge to the paper and the wood. Carefully place your paper on the wood and smooth out any air bubbles. Let it set.



While the modge podge is drying you will need to cut and coil your wire. Cut 16 pieces in varying lengths. First you need to wrap the wire around a small dowel, then wrap it around a larger dowel. (pictured I used the end of a sponge brush and one of my hand whisks)




Now create a spiral using the needle nose pliers to help grap the middle. (sorry no picture of that actual step but you get the idea from above) Next you will want to lay it on a mat and hammer it flat. Do that 15 more times. :)


You should have something like this once you have you finished coiling the wire.



Next drill a hole on the top of your blocks. This is where you will be putting the wire. You don't want to go too deep. (I had my father-in-law help me with the drilling)



After you've drilled the hole you will modge podge on top of the scrapbook paper and all over your block. (this will give it a little sheen after it dries)


Now the vinyl! You will need 4 letters each of the word NOEL. (I ordered my vinyl from Lil' Luna.)




Carefully apply the vinyl lettering to your blocks, on all sides.



After you have added the vinyl you will need to spray it with a matte gloss finishing spray to make sure that the letters adhere to the paper.


This part is optional, but while I was praying the blocks I spray painted the wire. After the paint on the wire has dried you will glue them into the holes of the blocks. (sorry no picture)





And this is your final product. A cute way to display all of those Christmas cards that you will be getting in the mail!

HAPPY CRAFTING!!



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1 comment:

Julie said...

Thank you for such a simple yet very clever and practical tutorial. Too late for 2010 but on my list for Christmas 2011! Thanks again