Happy February, friends! I am so excited about today’s post! Last weekend, my momma came over for some girl time and crafting. Her sweet hubby Bill was out of town and it was the perfect day for her to come see us! Now that she lives an hour and a half away, we don’t get to spend as much time together, so our marathon crafting session was food for the soul 🙂 And we made some darn cute Valentine wood blocks together, too!
Valentine Wood Blocks
Aren’t they so cute? They are perfect to fill a mantel, add to a vignette or pop on a shelf for a little lovey dovey cheer! Believe it or not, you only need a few supplies and some time to make all 5 of these wood blocks.
- One 2×4 – mine was 16 feet long and I had a good amount left over – cut in the following lengths:
- 4 inches (red heart block)
- 5 inches (blue block)
- 6 inches – cut two blocks (polka dot & love blocks)
- 7 inches (striped block)
- Sandpaper or an orbital sander
- Acrylic paint + paint brushes – we used pink, white, red and a bright turquoise blue for an accent color
- Hammer + small nails
- Red Felt
- Craft Glue or Hot Glue
- Painters tape
- Dauber (or something round to make the polka dots with)
First, sand each block to remove the rough edges and any rough surfaces.
Striped Block: Paint the 7 inch block white and allow the paint to dry. Using painters tape, create stripes on the block. Paint the uncovered white surfaces pink. Carefully remove the painters tape while the paint is still wet and allow pink stripes to dry. If you want, use a small piece of sand paper to distress the edges and face of the block.
Polka Dot: Paint the 5 inch block pink and allow the paint to dry. Using a dauber (or something round – a cap, a piece of foam cut into a circle, etc.), add white polka dots to the block. Allow all paint to dry and distress with sandpaper.
Love: Paint one of the 6 inch blocks white. Allow white paint to dry. I turned the block horizontal and used a small paint brush to free hand the word ‘love’ with red paint. You could use your cutting machine to create a stencil if that is easier for you. I used the end of my small paintbrush to add a few dots around the word as well. Once all of the paint was dry, I distressed the block with sandpaper.
Felt & Button Heart: Paint the other 6 inch block turquoise. Once the paint is dry, distress the block with sandpaper. Cut a small red heart from felt and use craft of hot glue to attach it to the block. Wrap twine around the block a few times – criss crossing it in the middle over the heart – and tie a knot on the back of the block. Use hot glue or craft glue to attach the button over the twine.
Heart String Art: First, paint the 4 inch block red. Once the paint dries, use sandpaper to distress the block. Cut a piece of paper (I used an index card) to draw a heart that fills most of the 4×4 inch surface of the block. Center it on the block and use painters tape to secure the paper to the block temporarily. Hammer small nails around the outline of the heart. Make sure to hit the center ‘dip’ of the heart and the roundest parts of the top of the heart with the nails to maintain the heart shape. Remove the paper from under the nails – I just gently ripped it towards the nails and pulled pieces of the paper off until it was all removed. Tie/knot your twine onto one of the nails and then begin wrapping the twine around the nails to outline and fill in the heart. I wrapped and unwrapped several times until I got the look I wanted, so be patient with this one 🙂 Once you like the final shape, tie/knot the other end of the twine to one of the nails and cut off any excess.
Now all that is left is to find the perfect spot to group together these cute little Valentine wood blocks. I found this really cool old shaving mirror (I think?) in an antique store and someone had removed the mirror and replaced it with this pretty, wavy glass. It is one of my favorite pieces to add to the top of the hutch in my dining room. That cute scrappy garland was made with scrap fabric, trims, ribbon, ric rac and twine and the colors were the inspiration for my blocks – fun, right?!
More Pretty DIY Valentine Home Décor Projects!
- Valentine Heart Specimen Art
- Valentine Yarn Wrapped Trees
- Valentine Wreath with Pipe Cleaner Rosettes
- Valentine Love Birds Art
- You Hold the Key to My Heart Art
Our Valentine Wood Blocks may be shared here: