{conversation blocks}

Jan
10
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Who doesn't love conversation hearts? I used them as my inspiration to turn 4x4 post blocks into this darling version for display...they will be the perfect addition to your Valentine's Day decorations! They are simple and darling!  These would also be really fun for a girls' craft night or craft day...

  Conversation Love Blocks, Simple Valentine decor



{supplies}

-4x4 post, cut into perfect squares

-red, cream, and pink spray paint

-vinyl lettering

{directions}

1. Cut your 4x4 post into perfect squares. Even though it's called a 4x4, the actual width is usually closer to 3.5 inches.  Make sure you measure it first, before you cut into blocks--this will ensure that you have a perfect square.

2. Spray paint each block red (Rustoleum Colonial Red), and let dry completely.

3. For any blocks you want to be pink or cream, you're ready for the second coat of paint. Spray the blocks again, covering the red with pink or cream. ( I used Rustoleum' Sweetpea and Heirloom White) Let dry completely.

4. For any blocks you want to be red, distress the edges with your sander. Take a paper towel, and spray a little cream paint onto it. Immediately take the towel and rub it on to the edges and fronts of the block--you're just smearing it on--so you don't want a lot on there. Once it's dry (which will be almost immediately), take your power sander and remove the excess, so you can see mostly red, with accents of cream.

5. When your pink and cream blocks are dry, you're ready to sand! Distress the edges and fronts of your block, and the red will start showing through.

6. Once all your sanding is done, wipe off the each block really well with a lint-free rag to remove any excess dust. Apply desired vinyl (this is PERFECT for a Silhouette!!).

Ta-da! Adorable conversation blocks! LOVE!!

Conversation Love Blocks, Simple Valentine Decor



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comments

  1. Kierste – Loving all your 4×4 projects, what type of saw do you use to cut through a 4×4? I only have a circular saw and I have to make 2 cuts to get through. Is there an easier way?
    Thanks and please keep posting the awesome wood crafts.

  2. Darling! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com this morning.

  3. I love when one project leads to another and then another. Your ideas are always so fun.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The fact that they are inedible.. is a bonus with all of the Valentines candy.. when the Christmas candy is still out there.. oooh the sugar..

  5. Anonymous says:

    Gosh I love these!!!!! I want a silhouette soooo bad… Thank you for showing these! Brooke
    brookedouglass@yahoo.com
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love this. I am going to have to try this tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love all the fun things you do with blocks! These are super cute! Thanks for sharing!!

    -Sarah
    http://sarahndipities.blogspot.com

  8. Anonymous says:

    So CUTE!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I always love your projects!

  10. Anonymous says:

    So many projects, So little time. I have some old 4x4s so I really need to do this.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Jaime–

    We use a chop saw (miter saw) and it also takes us 2 cuts. It ends up looking like there was only one cut made. If you want to cut it once, you need a saw with a 12 inch blade, but they get increasingly more expensive.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ahhh! Love this. Making it. I am, I am!

    Thanks for all of the great ideas!

    http://craftinessiskey.blogspot.com

  13. Anonymous says:

    I absolutely LOVE these. Can't wait to make them.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Cute! I love the look, and I am going to try to make a set for myself! You are such an inspiration!

  15. Anonymous says:

    These are so cute, thanks for sharing your great ideas

  16. These are so much fun!! TFS

  17. Anonymous says:

    Oh, we think these would look great with your own personal logo. Use the files you get from us to make your own vinyl. Choose one from the OURS section to make the perfect Valentine!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I do believe I need to make these for Valentine's ! We don't have many heart day decor and these are perfect..thanks for sharing.

  19. Anonymous says:

    SOOOO CUTE!!! I'm new to your blog and am so excited!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Love them! Do you remember what font you used?

  21. Anonymous says:

    Love these!!! Sharing them on my facebook fanpage at Pirates-n-Princesses. You ought to check it out!!!
    Thanks!
    Heather

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Those are adorable! I just found your blog from Ucreate and love it! I went back and read almost a years worth of posts and loved them all.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Cutest idea ever! I'm featuring these on my blog tomorrow if you'd like to check it out.

    Thanks!
    sassysanctaury.blogspot.com

  24. Anonymous says:

    These are awesome. But for those of us who don't own saws, I was thinking about making some with cardboard. Square kleenex boxes would be great for these. Add another piece of cardboard to cover the hole on the top, flip them over so the added piece of cardboard is on the bottom, then paint them. Since I don't have spray paint, I would probably use acrylic paints and use a wide paint brush to paint it quicker. And instead of using letters already made, why not hand paint them on if you are brave enough to…lol(joking). Ok I think I better get the letters already made since I have a hard time painting letters perfectly. ;) Then again, hand painted would add more character no matter how un-perfect.

    Another idea for these blocks would be to make childs alphabet blocks and use them to decorate a baby's room. Maybe set them on shelves strategically around the room.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I love these! I just featured them on my blog!
    http://craftybalancing.blogspot.com/2011/01/to-do-list.html

  26. Could you get the employees to cut the wood for you at Home Depot?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Love these! However if you don't own a Silhouette where can I get some vinyl letters for this project?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Wendy–Great ideas! Very creative!

    Megs–Definitely. Home Depot will cut just about anything! Just make sure you know your measurements ahead of time.

    Suzi–I use Writings on the Wall, an online vinyl company, and I have for years. They are wonderful! Their link is in my right side bar, under "need vinyl?".

  29. Anonymous says:

    I'm also putting a link to these little lovelies on the blog at http://www.writings-onthewall.com/blog

    Cute, cute, CUTE!

  30. Anonymous says:

    So what would you suggest if you don't have a Silouette? chessamoore@yahoo.com

  31. Anonymous says:

    I love these so much that I made my own and featured you on my blog :) I don't have a silhouette so I just used the vinyl letters from Michaels. I think yours turned out better, but for my first real craft, they turned out great! Thank you so much!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the tute. Here's my final: http://wolfpackwhitley.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentine-mantel.html
    I used a 2×4 instead, because it's what I had in my house, but I love them!
    Thanks again!

  33. Anonymous says:

    So cute! I love seeing all the cool things people come up with for blocks! Your blog is great by the way! I've added you as one of my favorite blogs to follow!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for all of your cute stuff! I have linked this project to my new blog!Doing this project tomorrow… Thanks again!

    http://www.ncbabyblog.blogspot.com

  35. Anonymous says:

    okay… you are one of my fav new blogs. I need to continue to tackle my fear of power tools.. I used a drill last week…

  36. I've put together a final round up of Valentine projects on Craft Gossip and included your fun post here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/25-valentine-crafts-wreaths/

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  37. Anonymous says:

    nice conversation.by the way your posting has to be awesome.

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