My kids helped me put up our Halloween decorations a few days ago and kept asking, "Is it Halloween today?" "When are we going trick-or-treating." Ha ha. The anticipation is just too much for the little ones, especially once the house is all decked out. I had to keep reminding them that we still have quite a few days to go. With how fast time goes, though, it'll be here before we know it!
Every year when I go to the closet and pull out the boxes, I can't believe how much stuff I have accumulated. I couldn't part with any of it, though. The hubby tells me that I need to stop buying, but that's like sending a child into a candy store and telling him/her to only look. The temptation is just too great when I step foot in Hobby Lobby or even TJ Maxx around this time of year. :)
Here's a fun decor piece that I added to my ever-growing collection of Halloween decorations last year. I hosted a ladies' craft night with a bunch of friends and we had a great time chatting, laughing it up and creating. I love these trick-or-treat blocks because anyone...crafty or not...can easily make them. They really only take a little bit of sanding, painting and mod podging. Easy, peasy! And they look so neat on a mantel, shelf, or entryway table. The distressed dictionary pages give them a very vintage appeal.
This is a perfect project to make with a large group so you can split the costs of materials, (especially the wood).
Upholstery Tacks (I found mine at Home Depot) and hammer
Wood 2x4, 2x6, 2x10 (TRICK-size 9" across x9 1/4" tall, OR size 3 1/2" across x about 3 1/4" tall, TREAT size 5 3/4" across by about 5 1/2" tall)
Fine Grit Sand Paper
Flourish Stamp and black ink pad (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
Black Craft Paint
- Grab your wood pieces and sand them well.
- Paint your blocks. Let dry completely.
- Using your sandpaper, rough up the edges of the block a little to give them an antique look.
- Print your dictionary pages.
- Carefully measure your word pages against the block and cut them so the words will be centered on the blocks and you'll have a little space around the edges to see the paint border. Cut to size.
- Mod Podge your dictionary pages over the blocks, being careful not to use too much and to smooth it down well to avoid bubbling.
- After the Mod Podge has dried completely, distress your pages a little with the distress ink and stamp your flourishes on the corners, or wherever you'd like.
- Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire tops of your block. I chose not to do this, but it'll help seal everything together a little better if you do.
- Using a hammer, pound your upholstery tacks into the corners of your blocks. This takes some strength and can get a little tricky if you're having to put them into a knotty place on the block, but don't give up!