When the kids were younger, we used to enjoy making crafts together all the time. I have huge containers filled with the fruits of our labors over the years. Now that the kids are 13 and 16, we do not do as many crafts together. I miss the times we spent working together to reach a common goal and have something to show for our efforts. A few years ago, I bought block letters that spelled out our last name and have them in the kitchen. We get so many compliments on them and I knew they were not that difficult to make. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I decided to give the idea a romantic slant and see what I could make. Caitlin agreed to help me an we decided to use some of the craft supplies we recently received from one of my favorite companies, Lakeshore Learning.
I love this company for their huge selection of educational toys, craft supplies and products for the classroom. I have several products from Lakeshore Leaning and have written about them on the blog. One of my favorites that we have gotten a lot of use out of is the game “Are You Ready for 5th Grade”, which I reviewed in my post, “Three Ways To Know Your Child Is Doing Well In School.” This month, we were sent the Roll-on Confetti Glue ($17.00), Set of 12 Crinkle Cut Scissors ($20) and the Tabletop Supply Caddy ($17) to keep it all neat and organized.
For the DIY Love Blocks craft project, you need just a handful of items and it only takes about an hour to make it. The thing that takes the longest is waiting for the glue to dry.
You will need:
- Four blocks of wood (any size)(I got mine for free from Lowe’s from their scrap wood area. You can also go to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and get the smaller blocks.)
- Four different colors of acrylic paint
- Four bottles of Roll On Confetti Glue
- Four sheets of Valentine inspired scrapbook paper
- Four foam brushes
- Mod Podge
First sand your wood until smooth and wipe clean. Next, pour your paint into 4 containers (I used silicone cupcake holders that rinse clean very easily), and paint each block of wood one of the colors of paint. Be sure to paint both front and back as well as all the sides and allow to dry. Roll on Confetti Glue and spread evenly with foam brush. Allow to dry completely, which is approximately 90 minutes.
Once the glue is totally dry, you can apply your letters. I found a bubble letter template online and traced the letters onto the scrapbook paper I bought. Next, cut the letters out using your Crinkle Cut Scissors and place them on your blocks. To keep them from shifting when you apply the Mod Podge, use the Confetti Glue to adhere them to the blocks.
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge and make sure you get all the bubbles out (I forgot lol) and allow to dry completely, approximately one hour. Apply a second coat of the Modge Podge and allow to dry overnight.
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