A Craft for All Seasons

I started out wanting to make something in mass for 11 families on my Christmas list. A friend of mine shared a gift she had gotten that was block with a saying for each season. I misinterpreted the description and ended up with these. Apparently the one she was relating to me was the cute blocks so popular on pintrest right now. Well, I wanted to be different right?

So the tutorial for these is as follows:

Supplies:

(4) 3.5in wood blocks per set ( I needed 44)

Acrylic Craft Paint (I used CreamCoat in Antique White for half and Burnt Umber for the other half)

Crackle Medium ( I used Folk Art crackle)

Paint Brush, 1 large and 1 small

Sand Paper

I started by painting my blocks with the base coat. I used white on white so using my large brush I painted four sides, leaving the “top” and”bottom” unpainted so I had s surface to hold on to and let the block dry. I then painted the remaining two sides when it dried. Since this was just a cover coat I didn’t worry too much about great coverage. I then painted the four sides with crackle medium. This takes a lot longer to dry. I used crackle to help build dimension on the block since no fun 3d accessories can be added to the blocks. They have to lay flat to rotate to the next season. I then “crackled” the top and bottom. After this was all dry I covered the blocks in the two step mentioned above with the white again. You could use a contrasting color on the second coat to add more dimension and more noticeable crackle.  After these two coats dried I then sanded down all edges.

I then used my vinyl cutter to print letters. You could paint your own, or use stickers. I just had 11 sets to finish so I opted for a quick mass production option. For Winter I had “S” “N””O””W” on the four blocks. I tipped them up exposing a new side and put “G” “R” “O” “W” on that side of the set for Spring. I flipped the blocks again and put “S” “U” “N” and a cute butterfly for Summer. As a side note it is extremely difficult to find a 4 letter word to describe summer 🙂  I flipped the blocks for the last time and put “F” “A” “L” “L” for Fall of course. I tied them all up with a ribbon and put it in a gift bag. All in all, with a great two for one deal on blocks each set cost me about $12. 

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