Last week I had the best time going to garage sales with a friend. One of the many treasures I found was a bag of old blocks.
Remember playing with these when you were a kid?
* making roads and houses
*stacking them as high as you could before they all came tumbling down
*clapping them together to make noise and marching around the room
I knew with a bottle of Mod Podge and a few scrapbooking supplies I could transform these old blocks into something wonderful.
One of my favorite craft supplies is Mod Podge.
Everyone needs to have a bottle on hand at all times - it is a must!
Anyone that knows me, knows that I love to antique almost everything I make. So I have a bottle of "antiqued" Mod Podge in the cupboard as well.
To make "antiqued" Mod Podge just add a couple of tablespoons of instant coffee to your bottle. Let the coffee dissolve, adding more until the desired consistency has been achieved.
The "antiqued" Mod Podge will give your crafts a slightly aged look.
See what I did with a few of the blocks......
I simply printed quotes with my printer and Mod Podged them onto the blocks. Tip: before using Mod Podge I sprayed the words with a thin coat of clear acrylic sealer. The printer ink will smear if you don't seal it first.
|Embellishments can be added by wrapping wire, ribbon or jute around the block. |
This gives a nice dimensional look to your block.
Here I mod podged the paper onto the block. After it dried completely I sanded the edges and then stained it with a walnut stain.
Quick, easy and simple
Makes a perfect little giftHere are some ideas:
* a quote about sportsmanship for your child's coach
* a quote about teaching for a teacher's desk
* a quote about hope for a friend or family member with cancer
* a block with just a simple word or two can have an impact on someone
* you can rip pictures and words out of the newspaper or a magazine
* use photos to make it even more personal
* set them on a bookshelf, windowsill or dresser
The possibilities are endless.....