Is it truly possible that every Creative Cutters meeting is better than the last? If you ask me, the answer is a resounding YES!!! I definitely think this month’s project was one of the most fun yet. When I saw the idea for these Reversible Seasonal Blocks on divaofdiy.com, I knew they would be perfect for our group. They are easy enough for kids to make but adults love them too. And I love the fact that the design leaves plenty of room for individual creativity!!!
What you’ll need
- Wood blocks, cut and sanded smooth
- Scrapbook paper in assorted fall and Christmas colors/designs
- Chipboard letters and shapes
- Chalk paint (white or cream)
- Acrylic paints in assorted fall and Christmas colors
- Decoupage medium
- Sanding block (we used emery boards)
- Baby wipes
- Foam paintbrushes
The linked tutorial gives great step-by-step instructions (along with photos) but I made a few modifications for the class kits.
In order to reduce the finished size of the overall project, the blocks were cut from 2×3’s and 2×4’s rather than 2×4’s and 2×6’s. Each kit included 8 blocks, sized as follows:
- 2 each – 2.5 in x 2.75 in
- 3 each – 2.5 in x 3.5 in
- 1 each – 2.5 in x 4 in
- 2 each – 3.5 in x 3 in
All of the scrapbook paper was cut by hand, using my handy-dandy Fiskars paper trimmer, but you could also cut it on your Silhouette machine. One side was decorated with fall papers and the other side with a Christmas theme. Each set of blocks requires a total of 14-16 papers (depending on whether or not the blocks for each end of the “Joyful” side are left blank):
- 2 per side – 2.125 in x 2.5 in
- 3 per side – 2.125 in x 3.375 in
- 1 per side – 2.125 in x 3.75 in
- 2 per side – 3 in x 2.75 in
I cut an assortment of letters and stars from Silhouette chipboard, using the following fonts:
Putting it all together
With kits in hand, it was time to play! We used a baby wipe to apply chalk paint to the raw wood blocks and emery boards to distress them once they were dry. We also used Mod Podge (instead of mixing up our own decoupage medium) to apply the papers and letters.
You can see us in action here:
Everyone had a great time and there were plenty of smiling faces by the end of the evening!
One of our normally camera-shy members even let us take a picture of her when she won the monthly Mint drawing. SCORE!!!
We’ll be taking a break for the month of December, but will meet again on January 21, 2020. If you’re anywhere nearby, come join us! I can promise you that you’ll have fun and leave with a smile on your face!!!
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Until next time,
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Lycia is a lifelong crafter whose goal is to help others find value, confidence, and joy in whatever they create. She geeks out on using technology to supercharge craft projects with Silhouette Studio, Design Space, Glowforge, sublimation, etc.! Lycia teaches these skills and more through online tutorials and videos as well as in-person classes at both the local and national levels.