Halloween Projects – DIY Blocks

Poor Grandin Road…
my goal really isn’t to steal business away from them, but when something is this easy and inexpensive, I can’t help but share a DIY version.

Today we’re knocking off the Hallowe’en blocks.

Grandin Road


Now $45 for 14 blocks comes to $3.12 per block.
Not bad.
Plus taxes, plus shipping and for us Canadians, plus duty.
It adds up.

So I got the Crafty Crew together and we got to work on our own versions:

The Grandin Road site actually gives you the exact measurements for one of their block sets (Believe), so Hubby cut up three pieces of wood 1 2×10, 1 2×8 and 1 2×6 to the exact sizes to replicate the ones I was pining for.

Then he cut them again and again so that all the ladies could have a set. 
He must love me eh?
That, or he didn’t want me to spend the money on buying two sets. lol

I laid them out per the display and labelled the bottom of each with the letter that would go on it.

Now, you’ll notice there are two letters on the blocks.
Turns out “Haunted” and “Believe” have the same number of letters, so I decided to make these work through two holidays.
Red on one side for Christmas and black on the other for Hallowe’en.

The other ladies did a much better sanding job than I did, but I’m going to say it was intentional – the Hallowe’en side needed a bit of ‘patina’ given the holiday right?

The edges were just done in white.

I used my Silhouette machine to cut the letters out of scrapbook paper, but if you’re using a regular printer, just resize your page (or adjust your margins) to the measurements of each block and adjust the font size until it fills it.  Place your printed letter over top of your scrapbook page and cut through both at the same time.

Then mod podge the letters onto the wood.

I bought Mod Podge with sparkle because I wanted to try something new.
You know I can’t resist a little glitter and Christmas and Hallowe’en are perfect excuses to add a little twinkle to your project.

Depending on how much sparkle you want, you may want to do more than just one coat.  I found this to be plenty sparkly (when the light hits it) so I stopped at one coat.

DONE!

Hubby said the letters were blocking the remote signal, so they had to find a new home in my foyer window.



Check out what Lovely Lisa created with her set:


I haven’t figured out the pricing yet, but I will.
Come back tomorrow to see how the Christmas sign turned out and I’ll let you know then the cost breakdown per letter.

It was DEFINITELY cheaper than Grandin Road, and it crosses over two holidays in one!


    






Have a great one!
  
 

Jockey P2P Look of the Day
Color blocked jacquard top (XXS – XL)
Classic Ponte 5 pocket pant (XXS – XXXL)
All wash and wear – no ironing needed!

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2016-07-04T11:38:52-04:00September 30th, 2014|CRAFTS, DIY, HOLIDAYS|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Joy and Dennis September 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I love these blocks! But I have a question…you list “2×10″ under the board sizes, but none of the blocks look like they would need a 10” width. Am I missing something?

    • Shelly September 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Yes, my car wouldn’t fit all of the boards I needed, so I had to improvise. The tallest block is 11″ and the widest is 8.5 – so I had to cut them sideways if that makes sense, to be able to get the exact sizes from Grandin Road. Check the blog again tomorrow and I’ll give you the exact breakdown of cost and sizes for each block. There’s probably a better way to buy the wood – but I wanted to make a few sets with friends, so this was the easiest way for me. Sorry for the confusion.

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