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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DIY Trick-or-Treat Wood Blocks

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).

{MATERIALS}

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
Printable (get it HERE and HERE).  It includes the dictionary pages AND wording.
Mod Podge
Distress Ink
Flourish Stamp and black ink pad (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
Black Craft Paint

  1. Grab your wood pieces and sand them well.
  2. Paint your blocks. Let dry completely.
  3. Using your sandpaper, rough up the edges of the block a little to give them an antique look.
  4. Print your dictionary pages.
  5. 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.
  6. Mod Podge your dictionary pages over the blocks, being careful not to use too much and to smooth it down well to avoid bubbling.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!

You're done!

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29 comments:

  1. These are so cute and I absolutely love that you used book pages with them...I love anything that has the printed word on it....

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  2. Cute cute! What fonts did you use for the TRICK OR TREAT?

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  3. Thanks for the great tutorial and printables!

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  4. This is such a great idea! I'd love to try it:)

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  5. These are very cute! Love the dictionary pages as the base!
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party! I'll be featuring this tomorrow!

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  6. These are adorable. Please consider linking these up this weekend at The Patriotic Pam. I know my readers would love to see them too.
    Pam @ The Patriotic Pam
    www.thepatrioticpam.com

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  7. Your trick or treat blocks are so cute! I never thought of adding a page to a block then adding the lettering. Love it! Thanks for sharing! Pinned!!!

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  8. Your kids sound just like mine!! So cute! :) I love this so much. Thanks for sharing.
    Heather @ Crafting The Night Away http://www.craftycagirl.blogspot.com

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  9. They are amazing! Loads of bang for the buck!

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  10. Hi Christine! I just love these! Thank you so much for sharing and joining us at Best of the Weekend! Sharing today on FB and Twitter and of course, pinned! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoy the first Monday of autumn!

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  11. Hi Christine, what a fantastic vignette. I love the background of the printables, the font, the scrolls and the tacks. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Looks great! Thanks for sharing your printable!

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  13. I think these just may have to be my next project. Pinning for sure! pinterest.com/csouthernhome

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  14. Loved these so much, I featured these on The Patriotic Pam this week. Come over and check out the feature!
    Pam

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  15. Oh I just love these! You did an amazing job... so creative! I'm going to have to make these :) You are being featured from Great Idea Thursday's! Thank you so much for linking up :) A Handful of Everything

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  16. Hi I picked you as my fave for the From the Farm Blog Hop. I loved these. Come by and grab a button. http://goo.gl/AgVQQm
    Elaine @ http://www.sunnysimplelife.com/

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  17. I love these blocks! I made these a couple of years ago. The creative "try als" blog ( http://creativetryals.blogspot.com/2011/10/trick-or-treat-wood-blocks.html?m=0) that I got the idea from provided you with links to get the font and background so you had to do it yourself. But the way you posted it on your blog with it in a printable format makes it more convenient

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  18. If you'd like to cut vinyl for the wording instead of using the free printable, the following information may be helpful: The "TRICK" and "TREAT" words use the "Pieces of Eight" font. The "OR" uses the "Rage" font.

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  19. Ohhh ... these look positively cute! I love the combination of vintage book pages and the matching fonts (and thanks for providing us with the printables).

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  20. Love the blocks! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. You're so welcome, Ann! They're one of my favorite Halloween decorations, for sure!

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  21. I love these and can't wait to give them a try! What sort of paper did you print them out on? Like a 12x12 white cardstock? Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Hey Karen! I actually just had them printed on normal-sized, but good quality paper at an office store.

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  22. Thank you!!! I love creative people who are willing to share their talents. We are going to make these for a church craft night. I'm so excited.

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  23. Do you have any similar printables to make the same craft for Christmas?

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