You all know how much I love a 4×4 post! I cut one into blocks, and created this really fun, really simple idea that’s just perfect for teacher appreciation gift.
ITEMS YOU NEED:
* 4×4 post, cut into perfectly square blocks (measure first)
* scrapbook paper
* mod podge
* #2 pencils
* distress ink
1. Cut your post into however many blocks you need. MEASURE first. Even though it’s called a 4×4 post, the sides aren’t exactly 4 inches–they are usually about a half an inch smaller. Home Depot will always cut these for you, and other stores might also offer this service.
2. Spray paint your blocks. Let dry completely.
3. Drill six holes (two rows of three) in the top of your block–one of the rough sides. If you have a drill press, use it. Otherwise, use your normal drill fit with a bit to make the size of holes you need.
4. Cut desired scrapbook paper to fit four sides of your block–the smooth sides. Mod podge the paper to the block. I always use a foam brush, and apply the mod podge to the wood first–then lay the dry paper on top and add another light coat of mod podge. Let dry completely.
4. Sand all the edges of the block, and really smooth out the top where the holes are. Wipe off the extra dust.
5. Print desired text, distress all the edges, mat onto cardstock, then use double stick tape to adhere to the block. Tie ribbon around the bottom of the block, and insert your pencils!
Another fun idea? How about for Father’s Day? You could use pictures on some or all of the sides, using the scrapbook paper to mat them. It would be perfect for a home or work office!
(Just right click on the image, select save as, then browse for desired folder. Insert into Word (or similar), re-size, and print onto cardstock!) Fonts are: century gothic, gentle redhead, and ms to try a bon?)