While I saw scoping out Pinterest for my next craft project, I came across several pins from the Etsy store Stick With Me Vinyls. While looking at the products I was immediately struck with the idea that my mother-in-law would love something like this. However, I prefer to make things on my own, so I immediately set out to determine a crafting process and see if I could recreate what I saw in the shop.
The products in the shop, first of all, are really well made. I love the colors and the lettering. But I could tell that the slick look came from vinyl, and that wasn’t an option for me. I would need to figure out something different. After consulting with my husband about the use of some power tools, I had a plan of attack. If you want to try and recreate your own decorations, here is the process I followed.
- 2x 4
- Acrylic paints
- Foam brushes
- Black sharpies
- Gloss spray sealant
- Table saw
- Hand router
- Orbital Sander
- Start by measuring and cutting your wooden blocks. I used the table saw for this. I did try a miter saw as well as a Japanese handsaw, but, in the end, the table saw was faster and more precise. I cut: two 7 inch block, two 6 inch block, two 5 inch blocks, and one 2.5 inch x 7 inch block.
- Sand all the edges of the blocks. I used the orbital sander for this. I liked the speed of the hand sander over regular sandpaper. I didn’t go for a super smooth block since I still wanted a bit of a rustic look. Mostly I knocked off the roughness as well as the printing on the wood.
- Lay out your blocks and decide on a color pattern. When laying out the blocks, it should go 7-6-5-5-6-7 with the 2.5×7 either resting on top of the two 5 inch blocks or below the two 5 inch blocks. I picked a rotating set of three colors, with the 2.5 inch block being a fourth color. I have a listing of all the colors I used at the end of the post.
- Paint the blocks. I painted all the “Give Thanks” blocks, let them dry, then flipped them and painted the “Jingle Bells” blocks. Once those sides were done, I decided I wanted all the edges to be painted instead of raw as well.
- Letter your blocks. I used black sharpie to make my letters. I started with a paint pen, but it dried out, and all I had left was sharpie. I am much better with a pen than a paintbrush, so I stuck with the sharpie. If you’re better with paint, by all means, paint the letters on. I just mimicked the letters I saw in the picture.
- Rout the edges of the blocks. I did this because I liked he rounded look. Also, 2×4 will have at least one edge that is rounded over, and I wanted all the sides to match.
- Sand just the corners of each letter-square using a scrap of sandpaper. I did this mostly for aesthetics.
- Wipe down all of the blocks with a wet cloth and let dry. You don’t want any dust on them when you seal them.
- Seal the blocks using a gloss sealant. I liked the shiny look of the vinyl, so I tried to get a little bit of that using a gloss spray sealant. I also purchased the weatherproof sealant so my mother-in-law could put the decorations outside if she wanted to.
- Once it is all dry, admire your handiwork and mail it off!
Give Thanks Colors: Craftsmart-Orange Spice, Craftsmart-White, Craftsmart-Pure Pumpkin, FolkArt-Bark Brown
Jingle Bells Colors: Craftsmart-White, Craftsmart-Holiday Red, Craftsmart-Lush Foliage, FolkArt-Metallic Gold
Side Color: FolkArt-Coffee Latte
Think Spring Colors: Craftsmart-Green, Craftsmart-Pink Chiffon, Craftsmart-Sage Green, Craftsmart-Robin’s Egg Blue
Summer Lovin’ Colors: Craftsmart-Coral Reef, Craftsmart-Ocean Breeze, Craftsmart-Turquoise, Craftsmart-Robin’s Egg Blue
Side Color: Craftsmart-Khaki
Sealant: Varathane Spar Urethane Outdoor Water Based Gloss (Crystal Clear)