*For those of you that are going to ask (and I know someone is going to ask!) here is a quick run through of the sizes for the wood pieces. You can use a 2×4 for all pieces (I got 2-3 sets out of one 2×4). Cut out two pieces 7 1/4″ high, two pieces 4 1/8″ high, and two pieces 3 1/2″ high. For the base block I cut it 14″ long then ran it through the table saw (or rather, my awesome husband did) so that it was 2″ high.
The rest of the process is pretty easy:
-paint all sides of all wooden pieces. (Actually I would have preferred to stain them, but the stain has to dry overnight and it really messy so I figured paint was a much better option for craft day) It will probably take two coats.
-cut your patterned paper slightly smaller than the size of the blocks. Adhere patterned paper with Modge Podge or similar adhesive
-apply vinyl lettering
-apply another coat of Modge Podge over the top of everything, including the sides that are only painted (this keeps the finish consistantly glossy on all sides). When I craft at home I also add a coat of poly which really helps protect everything, but as it takes longer to dry I skipped that part and was sure to tell them they could do that on their own later if they wanted to.
-when dry, attach ribbon embellishments using wood glue or a hot glue gun.
Told you it was easy! 😉 Now for the beauty shots.
The big craft day went great! Of course it took a little longer than the time we had planned, but everyone was enjoying it and that was fine. I spent my time wandering from table to table answering questions and getting to know everyone. Most of the women had been able to arrange child care but one baby was too little for that and I happily carried him around with me half the time so his Mom could have her hands free for crafting. I’m always happy to be the “extra hand” when I am crafting with friends that have little ones because I remember how hard that used to be when my kids were tiny. Now that my kids are older I know that if I don’t get my own craft finished before they get home it won’t be a big deal to finish it on my own – with or without their help! 😉
Wow. I just realized how long it has been since I had a craft day with friends. Do you like to craft with friends? Has it been a while since you’ve done anything crafty? Maybe we should challenge ourselves to make a couple of phone calls and get a craft day on our calendars!?!
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