Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday Tutorial: St Patricks Day Blocks

Hey everyone! This is Lisa and today is my first Tuesday Tutorial! Each Tuesday we will be showing a new way to use vinyl for decorating and organizing your home.

Today's project was inspired by St Patrick's Day which is just around the corner.

There are so many great patterns of Scrapbook paper out there and you can use them to make blocks for the Holidays.

To make these blocks you need:
  • Scrap pieces of wood
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Modge Podge, matte finish
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Sponge paint
  • Vinyl

To assemble the blocks:
  • First cut your wood to the sizes you want them to be. You can use any size of wood you have
  • Sand down the edges so that they are smooth
  • Paint the wood with your color choice. You can also sand the edges after painting them to give it a little bit of a distressed look.
  • Cut your paper to size. I like to take an ink pad and gently brush the edges of the paper against it so it helps give it a finished or aged look. Just choose a color that compliments your project.
  • With your foam brush cover the area where your scrapbook paper will be with a smooth medium layer of Modge Podge.
  • Carefully center your paper and press down smoothing it so that there are no bubbles. Allow to sit for a few minutes while putting light pressure to make sure the paper sticks and wont bubble. Then take and brush an even layer of Modge Podge over the paper. Be very careful to not allow the paper to bubble. If it does gently try to press it down or smooth out. The paper becomes sticky so be sure not to rip it. If you mess the paper up you can always remove it and do a new paper.
  • Allow to dry overnight and then gently apply the vinyl

You can even just do blocks without the scrapbook paper. Last year I made these Spring blocks using colored blocks and vinyl lettering.

Think of the cute blocks you could make with these farm animals or butterflies for a nursery. You could even use the farm animals to make some really cute Easter blocks.

There are so many possibilities!


Grandma Caroline said...

Cute and darling and so easy to do. Thanks for the ideas.

Mod Podge Amy said...

This is fabulous. I LOVE your stuff. Would love to work with you and promote your awesome vinyl.

Pink and Polka Dot said...

Adorably cute!

Philip, Melissa, & Summer said...

I love those spring blocks. I just bought some 2x4 at home depot for .50 cents. I need to make me some of these. I also love your eggs in the background.