DIY Christmas Series: Wooden Block Sign

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Let's get crafty! I'm going to warn you, this first DIY Christmas project is a little bit more involved and may take some skills, but if you stick it out the end product is well worth the work!

 This week I made reversible Give Thanks/Jingle Bells wooden blocks decor. I lined this project up first because I wanted to make sure you would have enough time to make it and enjoy it for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. I promise not all of the projects will be this difficult.

The reason I say that this sign takes some skills is because, well you have to cut the wood. I used a miter saw (I think that’s the name), to cut a 2x4 in the sizes I wanted. So that is actually the first step. I wanted my blocks to vary in heights so I decided on 7 inches, 5 inches and 4 inches and then an 8 inch piece laid down for the “bells/give” block. Of course, the 7, 5, and 4 inch blocks each need to be doubled to spell out your words. Be sure to sand your blocks after cutting them. Mine seemed to splinter a little bit. That might have just been from my inexperience though.

After having nice perfect blocks of wood, I painted them completely white. The wood had some discoloration and a few knots so I wanted to make sure they would look as uniform as possible. This step takes the longest and is where your patients will be tested. Luckily, the craft paint dries relatively quickly. I gave the blocks three coats of white paint, but yours could need more or less just depending on the wood.

Now it starts getting exciting because you are preparing to paint your blocks their colors. I didn’t trust my painting skills so I taped the sides of my block so the colored paint wouldn’t run on the white. Painters tape worked wonderfully for this!

 I painted the Thanksgiving side first, but there is no particular order you need to paint it in. I gave each block 2 coats then used my best judgment if they needed another coat. The yellow and two greens needed quite a few coats of paint to be fully covered and not have streaks. After one side was completely dry, I flipped it over and painted the other side their colors.

While I waited for the paint to completely dry, I worked to design my lettering. I was a little picky about how I wanted my letters to look, so this took me longer than it should have. I guess I’m just a perfectionist. After getting the letters in the font I wanted, I sized them to best fit on the blocks. I separated the letters out in the Silhouette Studio by the color I wanted them to be so I could cut them all at once. Just make sure to line up the vinyl with the grid in the studio so it will cut the vinyl correctly.

Get excited because we are about to put this together! You can go ahead and pull off the painters tape. Use transfer tape or Glad Press n Seal wrap to transfer your letters to the blocks. I finally got real transfer tape! Yay! 

Once all of your letters are on the blocks, all you have to do is find the perfect place to display your wonderful work of art!


  1. Love these! I've seen similar things at craft stores, but DIY probably costs way less, AND you get to design them EXACTLY how you want them! :)

  2. I absolutely loves these! You did an amazing job. :)

  3. These are sooo cute!!! I am now wishing I had a Silhouette, oh and a saw, haha. You did a beautiful job!

  4. How creative! I love dual-purpose decor. You don't see a lot of them nowadays and this is super adorable and unique.

  5. This is so cute! You are so smart to make them reversible! I never would have thought of that!

  6. 1) When did you re-do you blog? Holy crap it's adorable.
    2) Those reversible letters are an amazing idea.
    3) Where have I been...?

  7. Aw those signs are cute :)

  8. Your blocks came out amazing! I love that they're reversible.