Happy April Friends! The weather has been fabulous here in North Carolina and I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning, and when I say little, I mean very little. But one of my spring projects is to tackle my mantle and turn that small little stage into a shrine to spring and Easter. I decided to use some stunning papers from the Hazelwood Collection by 1 Canoe 2 to make a set of candy colored blocks. I love the idea of refining the classic alphabet blocks and turning them into playful home décor.
I created my blocks by purchasing two sets of raw wood blocks from my local craft store in two different sizes. Next, I selected my coordinating papers and cut them all down to the dimensions of the blocks I wanted to cover. Be sure to cut six squares for each block. While watching TV, that part is key, I then used a bookbinding glue to adhere each square of paper to one side of my block. This part can be tedious but goes quickly once you get in a groove.
Once my blocks were covered, I moved on to the fun part, the part involving power tools! I grabbed my orbital sander and sanded down all the edges and corners of the blocks. This gives them a weathered, shabby chic look and makes your papers look more uniform. The final step in prepping the blocks was to seal them with Mod Podge so that I can use them for years to come.
I chose two contrasting fonts to create my message. I liked the classic bold font for the larger blocks and a scripty gold font for the smaller blocks. I have big plans to switch out the words as the spring progresses. I’m going to change “Easter” to “spring” once the holiday has passed and I’m also planning to spell out “I love” on the top row and my son’s names on the bottom. It can be a fun little puzzle to spell out as many fitting phrases as possible and will be beloved by the kiddos, especially if you change out the phrases while they are sleeping.
I hope you’ll give this sweet home décor project a try! Happy Easter crafting friends!
Supplies: Hazelwood Collection - 12 X 12 Double Sided Paper – Rosewater (376869), Hazelwood Collection - 12 X 12 Double Sided Paper - Hazelwood Roses (376873), Hazelwood Collection - 12 X 12 Double Sided Paper - Lazy Daisy (376874), Hazelwood Collection - 12 X 12 Double Sided Paper - Forest Berry (376871), Hazelwood Collection - Thickers - Foam - Gold Foil (376891), Diy Shop 4 Thickers Alphabet (376308), Hello Spring Double-Sided Cardstock 12"X12" (Hsds-20540), Globe Gallery Collection - 3 Dimensional Butterfly (377299)