Philly inspired Valentine Blocks

Expanding on my wood block idea (I got approx. 13 5.5 x 5.5 inch blocks from a 2x6 for under $5), I decided to make some Valentines Decor.  I love the way they turned out and I'm thinking I'll make some for the kids' teachers.  They are REALLY easy to make.


You'll need:
- a block of wood (I cut them to squares)
- paint (I used acrylic)
- scrapbook paper of your choice
- Mod Podge
- Sandpaper
- Scissors

I sanded my block, then painted a coat of brown paint, then sanded again for a distressed look.  I cut out hearts and shapes from scrapbook paper, I did this free-hand because I liked that they would all be different and imperfect.  


I mod-podged the shapes to the wood, then painted a coat all over.  Once it was dry, I sanded the block again, so that I could distress the shapes.  Lastly, a few more coats of mod podge all over.  


For the Philly inspired "LOVE" block, I have to admit, the paint was just me trying different things...I started with dark brown, then added a white over it, then sort of swirled the colors together (which made a suede/leather effect).  I drew the letters free-hand and then cut them out.  Anyway, it turned out pretty cool...I like the textured gray look.



I am really happy with these...and so cheap and easy.  My favorite! :-)



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22 comments:

Shanna said...

These are adorable! And as a girl from Philly, I really really love them! ha, pun. Thanks for the follow - followed you right back!

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

Those are really cute. I'm on the LOVE kick too. I feel cupid flying close by!!

Our Delightful Home said...

You did an amazing job with the blocks!

~Mrs. Delightful
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Wunkie's Mommy said...

SO PRETTY! :) I'm your newest follower! Saw your link on Nat's linky party! LOVE these! I'm pinning and sharing!

-Evey

Jess said...

So cute! I can't wait to start decorating for Valentines day and these are awesome! Just started following :)
Jess

Karin said...

Love it so cute, saw your link on shine your light.
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Bliss Images and Beyond said...

Thanks for all of the nice comments!

PitterAndGlink said...

This is adorable! I pinned it, and I'm following you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me. :)

Cheapchick said...

Very cute, creative and thrifty. Love it!

Amy said...

Ooooo! How fun and pretty and festive! I'm so glad you shared at Shine on Fridays!!

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

I am totally loving your blog - so many great ideas. I think I found you via C.R.A.F.T. with your garage door project. This is such a great idea too - I'd think it would be something you could do with younger kids (mine are 1 and 2, so that might be a little too young). Hope your surgery went well, I'm so sorry to hear you had so many complications after your daughter's birth. A "perfect" delivery is hard enough to recover from, esp when you have another 1 or 2 at home...so I can't imagine going through what you had to endure.
I'm a new follower, looking forward to your future projects.

Katie Carter said...

very fun! I love it!
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Full Circle Creations said...

Love 'em! What a great idea!

Holly

Allison said...

So cute!

I invite you to link up this (or any other Valentine's Day themed posts) at the Find Some Love Fest on February 1st! 5 blogs, 1 link up!

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Ruby Jean said...

What a FANTASTIC idea... You really did a GREAT job on these.. :)
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Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

My party just started and I'd LOVE to have you stop by and share this ~ TOTALLY impressive!!!

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XO, Aimee

Amy said...

Guess who's being featured at one artsy mama tomorrow? YOU! See you there!

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Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Love it!! I'm your newest follower! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! My new giveaway started TODAY!

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Lauren @ Summit St Joy said...

SO Lovely! i must try these--- the vintage/distressed feel is fabulous! thanks for linking up at www.SummitStreetJoy.com
xo :) lauren

Crafty Mischief said...

Your love blocks are too cute!

Naomi R.Stott said...

I have been reading out some of your articles and it's pretty clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog.
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