Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"JOY" Wood Blocks

You can create unique, inexpensive artwork using lumber!
Yes, lumber!
You may remember the wood block I posted at Halloween. You can revisit that here.
A 2 inch by 8 inch by 8 foot piece of lumber costs around $5 and you can get  many projects out of that one piece of wood. I like to have mine cut into 10 inch pieces. 
I have created several blocks for Christmas...

For this block, I painted a base coat of white acrylic paint. When it was dry, I applied vinyl letters that I cut out with my Cricut to spell the word, JOY.  Then I painted over the entire block with blue acrylic paint. Using the same white paint as the base coat, I painted a simple tree. I peeled off the vinyl letters and gave the block a good sanding and added buttons to the tree for ornaments.

For my second block, I did the same technique as above using white and red. This time I painted a more whimsical tree...




 For my third block, I gave my wood a base coat of green, added my letters, and did a top coat of red. I peeled off the vinyl letters and sanded the block. Then I added ornaments that are just circles cut from burlap. I added a little paint to the circles and glued them onto the block using E6000. 


I like to stand the blocks on a table or shelf, but you can add hardware to hang it on the wall. The possibilities are endless. I'm sure this is not the last you will see of the 2 x 8 lumber! My wheels are already spinning for Valentine's Day!

47 comments:

  1. nice post. Now you can use this business in india to promote wood crafts import & export business.

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  2. These are really cute! Thx for sharing.

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  3. How cool! These are the neatest things I have seen for a long time! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Kerry

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  4. Beautiful!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  5. love your "joy sign" coming over to say hello from Thrifty Thursday's..xoox tracie

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  6. Ooohhhh, this is a great project and I could see doing this for other holidays. Your blocks are just great and very professional looking. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Great job. These look like something you'd find at Pier One! Thanks again for linking up!

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  8. So cute, I love the red one with the tree. Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

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  9. I'm over visiting from Naptime Crafter's link party. I love these decorated wood blocks!

    ~Kara (your newest google follower :)
    www.petalstopicots.com

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  10. Thanks for sharing! The sanding technique really makes the art!

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  11. Those are so cute! I love the one with the curvy tree!

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  12. Darling! What a great way to use that wood! You're really a fabulous artist, too! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  13. Very nice, you did a wonderful job! Thanks for sharing at the Showdown, ~Jen

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  14. So pretty! I'm your newest follower from www.createdbycori.blogspot.com and I hope you'll follow me back!

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  15. These are adorable...if I could paint like that, I would have sooo many cute things in my house. :))
    Thanks for coming by....come again soon.
    xo bj

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  16. These blocks are beautiful and prettier than any I have seen in the stores! Pin! Thank you so much for sharing at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

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  17. Nicely done! Love the simplicity and the finish!
    Thanks for sharing...

    xo Lynda

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  18. these are really pretty-I love the distressed touch you gave them. Great job!

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  19. I really love these! They are so simple but so creative! Nice paint job!

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  20. These are so cute! I really like the last one with the burlap ornaments overlaid. Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower and glad to have found your site!

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  21. I have SO MUCH LUMBER sitting around and now I can't wait to do some of these! Thanks, I'm pinning! Would also LOVE for you to share these (and anything else that might qualify) over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays on Kammy's Korner: http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2011/12/trash-2-treasure-tuesdays-10.html

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  22. Oh what a great idea.. We have LOTS of wood laying around these parts....I did a DIY number block set for are little guy.... Would love for you to share it at http://shoprubyjean.com/2011/12/sew-crafty-tuesday-linky-party1/

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  23. Thanks for linking up at Mushki Loves My Stuff! I posted this on my Facebook page! Super cute...ALL OF THEM!

    Have a great day!
    Kirsten

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  24. Great idea...thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower! Stop by and enter to win my Heirloom ornament...only 1 day left to enter. Warm wishes

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  25. So cute!! I love using lumber too, I am often digging through my husband's stash in the shed! Thanks for sharing!

    Leanne @ because (I think) I can

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  26. Very creative! I'm just discovering you for the first time from the "At Home with K" party. What a nice blog you have...

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  27. This is such a cute idea! I'd love for you to come link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

    Michelle @ Thrifty 101

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  28. I saw these on pinterest and thought they were grogeous-I didn't know they were from you. The Joy is my favorite

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  29. I love these. I don't know if I can manage to paint something so nice freehand but it could be worth a try. My favorite is the blue joy.
    Ruth

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  30. You've been featured on DIY Thrifty Thursday at www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you again this week!
    Michelle

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  31. Great signs! I'm putting them in the PoPP Spotlight this weekend. Thanks for linking up.

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  32. these really turned out fab! thanks for sharing. we are featuring it in the blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! We hope to see you again next week. and make sure to grab the featured button ^^)

    Hugs,
    Lelanie

    P.S. check out the contest and fun giveaway coming up!

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  33. I love them all - such a great idea!

    Rhonda @ home.made.

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  34. Hi, I love the blocks! I found you through Maryann's feature this morning. I've already pinned too. I'm a new follower, can't wait to see what you do next, Kathy, Petticoat Junktion

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  35. Absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to try to make something like these for my home. I love all of the wonderful ideas you are sharing, thank you!

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  36. I'm late to find you--but, awesome idea; thank you for sharing!

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  37. Congrats-this was last week's most viewed link (and my favorite!http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/12/linky-20-will-craft-for-christmas-cheer.html

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  38. Love it... Looks like I have a weekend craft project after all!

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  39. Love it, thanks for the inspiration!

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  40. I am curious about which cricut machine you have. I would like to do vinyl initials or monograms. Can any of them do the letters or do you have to buy special cartridges? Love you artwork! You have inspired me to do some artwork for my home.

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  41. You have inspired me to try my had at painting. I hope you don't mind if I tried my hand at painting by using your pattern. I will post a picture tomorrow. Dianntha

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  42. I love to craft things. I so want to get into wood and vinyl. Love these

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