I’ve been itching to make a hand-painted wooden sign for the Holidays and when I saw a friend post this idea on Facebook (Thanks Bethany Stewart!) I just had to do it. These cute block letters are really fun to make and you can use them through two seasons! As soon as Thanksgiving passes you just flip the blocks over and you’ve got a head start on Christmas. Turning the blocks could also become a fun family tradition.
- One 2×3 cut into 10 pieces and sanded
- Three 7″
- Three 6″
- Four 5″
- Paint Brushes
- If you cannot find a 2×3 you can always use a 2×4 and just make each of the segments one inch longer.
- Make sure you buy a good grade of wood because sanding a bad piece is miserable. Trust me.
- Don’t use a paint pen. They are more expensive, you will need at least four to complete the project, and the paint looks better. I started with a paint pen and ended up redoing the letters with regular paint when I ran out a quarter of the way through.
- You can find the paint at any craft store or buy it online. Links are below.
- Take the sanded wood segments and place them in the following order. The last 5″ piece will be your topper.
- 7″, 6″, 5″, 5″, 6″, 7″, 6″, 5″ & 7″
- Paint the front of each piece in the fall colors of your choice. I used Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Georgia Clay (orange), Antique Gold and Antique White with the final 5″ topper painted Burnt Umber (brown).
- When dry, paint the word “Thankful” so each block has a different letter. I did this in black. On the last 7″ block I painted a fall tree using the same four colors. You could also do an exclamation point or some other fall image.
- Paint the words “Always be” on the topper.
- When this dries, turn the blocks over and paint your Christmas colors on the back. I chose Maroon (red), Pine Green and the same Antique White.
- When dry, paint the word “Christmas” on these pieces in black so that each block has a different letter.
- Paint the word “Merry” on the topper.
- Add any other design elements you like.