Decorative Sayings Blocks Tutorial

Trick or Treat Decorative Blocks

I’ve been seeing different versions of these decorative blocks online but couldn’t find a good tutorial showing how they’re made so I decided to give it a try and share with you my process.

Cut a 2x4 into various sizes.

1:  Cut a 2″x4″ board into various size blocks. Mine all ranged between 4″ and 6″. My husband took a sander and smoothed down the pointed edges for me for a more rounded worn in look.

Paint your blocks with craft paint.

Craft Paint

2:  Using craft paint and a drop cloth I painted the blocks leaving one face unpainted. The craft paint covered well and dried pretty quickly.

Paint the unfinished side with mod podge.

3:  After allowing the paint to dry I painted the unfinished side with a coat of mod podge.

Cut scrapbook paper to fit the face of your blocks.

4:  Cut scrapbook paper to fit the face of your block. I did a “patchwork” design on a few of the blocks with scraps. These small books of paper were just the right size for the project.

Glue paper to the face of the block.

5:  Lay the scrapbook paper on mod podged coated face and press out any air bubbles. When you have it positioned just right paint the mod podge on the top and sides of the paper. It will appear white as you’re painting it but will dry clear.

Cricut

 

Cricut Vinyl

Vinyl letters cut out on cricut

 6:  Using my cricut I cut out the letters on black vinyl. I found the vinyl at Wal-mart in the same section as the cricut  for about $9.00. I used about a third of the package for this set of blocks. I set my machine on slow speed and high pressure. The blade was set on 4 and the letters came out great. (If you don’t have a cricut you could make a pattern for your letters using word and just cut them out by hand.) I peeled the sticky vinyl letters from the backing and centered them on the dried face of the blocks.

Hot Glue Buttons and Ribbon on Blocks for Embellishment

7:  I hot glued various buttons and ribbon onto my blocks for embellishment and wahla your done!

Close Up "Trick"

Close Up "Or"

Close Up "Treat"

This was a really fun craft and one that would make great house-warming or Christmas gifts. Don’t fret about getting your letters perfectly straight or your paint perfect because the blocks are supposed to have a primitive feel to them. I can’t wait to make a set for every holiday and play around with new designs.

Trick or Treat Decorative Blocks

Easy to Knit Washcloth for Beginners

I love knitting washclothes. They are an easy, beautiful, and quick knitting project which is great for beginners. All you need to know to knit this washcloth is the basic knit and purl stitches.

If you need help with these stitches check out these great tutorials:

How to Knit

How to Purl

 You will use two patterns for this washcloth:

The Loop and  Cartridge Stitch

Materials: 

1 :  One Skein of Peaches and Cream Yarn in your favorite color

(or any  cotton worsted weight yarn)

2:   No. 7  4.5mm knitting needles

Washcloth Pattern/Instructions : 

Cast on 34 stitches

Not sure how to cast on? View this tutorial: Casting On

Loop Pattern Bottom Boarder

Row 1:  Knit all the way across

Row 2:  Knit one, Slip one (this means you slip the loop off of the left hand needle onto the right hand needle without knitting): repeat this pattern all the way across

Row 3: Knit all the way across

Row 4:  Knit two, Slip one : Then  continue knitting  one and  slipping one all the way across

Repeat

Repeat these four rows in order two more times  for a total of 12 rows all together. Congratulations you’ve created your washcloth’s bottom border and you should have something that looks like this:

The center of your washcloth will be knitted using a cartridge stitch pattern.

Cartridge Stitch Pattern:

Row 13:   Knit all the way across

Row 14: Purl all the way across

Row 15:  Knit all the way across

Row 16:  Knit all the way across

Row 17:  Purl all the way across

Row 18:  Knit all the way across

Repeat

Repeat these six rows in order 8 more times for a total of 36 Cartridge Stitch rows and a grand total of 48 rows counting your Loop Pattern border.

To finish up your washcloth you just repeat the loop pattern boarder again.

Loop Pattern Top Boarder

Row 49:  Knit all the way across

Row 50:  Knit one, Slip one (this means you slip the loop off of the left hand needle onto the right hand needle without knitting): repeat this pattern all the way across

Row 51: Knit all the way across

Row 52:  Knit two, Slip one : Then  continue knitting  one and  slipping one all the way across

Repeat

Repeat these four rows in order two more times  for a total of 12 more loop rows and a grand total of 60 rows all together.

To finish up just cast off and weave in the stray end.

Need help casting off and weaving stray end visit these tutorials:  Casting Off       Weaving in Ends

Congratulations on knitting your washcloth! Soon you’ll be making them for everyone.