Month: December 2016

Reversible Thanksgiving & Christmas Blocks

reversible-blocks

I had a friend who was in charge of our church women’s activity. She had ideas of doing string art or letter blocks. I suggested if we do the blocks, to make the blocks reversible.  Before I even looked at pinterest. I was on a pinterest hiatus at the time. But my mind was solely thinking that I wanted something multi-use if it was going to take up space in my limited storage.

When she posted to the board what we were doing and the ideas for each holiday, Thanksgiving and Christmas, I wasn’t sold on the generic Christmas phrase of, J I N G L E bells. So we brainstormed and came up with something more meaningful to us as a collective group of Christian women, C H R I S T Is Born.

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I love it and bonus, I haven’t seen it anywhere else. Well the Give T H A N K S, yes but not the combination.

Super simple and easy. It was also great to bond with some women I hadn’t met yet in the 10 months we had been living there.

Since there are several ideas/ tutorials out there I’m not doing anything detailed since I made this prior to blogging days but here are the supplies and process.img_8340

Materials:

2″x4″x36″

2″x2″x8″

Paint or stain

Mod Podge

Foam Brush

Newspaper (easy clean up)

Scrapbook paper

Cardstock or thicker (for letters)

Either a cricut or silhouette. (I don’t know which one she used but it had to be either of those. It was all prepped, we just assembled.)

Cuts:

Outer blocks: (2) 7″ length – 2″x4″ (actual: 3 3/8″x 1 1/2″)

Middle blocks: (2) 6″ length – (actual: 3 3/8″x 1 1/2″)

Inner blocks: (2)  5″ length – (actual: 3 3/8″x 1 1/2″)

Total length of 36″ probably more to accommodate for cut spaces.

Top/Bottom block: (1) 8 1/8″ width – 2″x2″ (actual: 1 3/8″ x 1 5/8″)

Process:

All edges were sanded. Only the surfaces that were going to have letters on them were painted white, but I’d either paint or stain all surfaces or leave natural (depending on the look you’re going for) since the front and back will be covered.

Scrapbook paper was used for the backgrounds with Mod Podge. Then the letters were applied.

Two years later and this is still my favorite holiday decoration.

Enjoy!