Now here's my little secret - to make 12 sets of these cost me...$10.67. That's right - $10.67. That's literally $0.89 per set. That to buy, I would have to pay at least $20 or more for. I know it sounds cheap, but they don't look cheap, promise.
Here are my supplies:
- Wood - two 2x4x8's from the clearance bin at Home Depot. $0.56 each
They cut them for me too (and didn't charge me). One I cut into 4x4 squares, the other into 5x4
- Paint - two half gallons from the clearance section in the paint area. Always look here first for paint! People return colors they don't quite like, but they can be perfect for a project that you don't have exact colors in mind for. Mine were black and tan, and $1 per can. Nice!
- Paintbrush - full price, $1.97
- Sandpaper - full price, $5.97
- Mod Podge - had at home, but is about $6 per bottle
- Scrapbook paper - had at home
- Print outs of some words and pictures and letters that I just printed on my computer
I was so excited to see how this would turn out, and I picked someone who I would gift this prototype to. Basically as I walked in the door, I began sanding the edges of the blocks and then painting them - ha! While they dried, I worked on my cardigan revamp and dolly, and cut out my letters and squares. I cut out letters and traced them onto the blocks, then used a paint pen to fill them in. Here's a litttle tip - if you use a paint pen, make sure it dries before you add mod podge - I've made that mistake in the past and it stinks!
Once the blocks were dry, I put a coat of mod podge on them and put the squares on them. I added another coat of mod podge and let dry.
After it was dry, I sanded the edges again, to give them a vintage look. I love how they turned out! They are exactly how I wanted them to look. Yay! At the bottom of this post are templates you can print to use on your blocks if you want.
TEMPLATES (Just open in a new window, right click on it, and save the photo. You can then use whatever program you want to print it)
Linking to:Creation Corner
It's A Hodgepodge Life
Crystals Craft Spot
A Little Knick Knack
The Shabby Life
It's Fun to Craft
A Few of my Favorite Things
Fingerprints on the Fridge