ITEMS YOU NEED:
- 4×4 post, cut into square blocks
- craft paint and foam brush
- vinyl letter (you could also mod podge paper or paint it on)
1. Cut your 4×4 post into as many perfect square blocks as you need. Keep in mind that when you buy lumber, the height dimensions will always be slightly less than what it says. So, when you’re buying a 4×4 post, it’s actually around 3.75 inches tall. This is important when you’re cutting squares, because instead of automatically making cuts every 4 inches, you need to cut them a little smaller than that. Measure your post first, then you’ll know where you’ll need to cut (or have the store cut it for you). An 8 foot long post costs around $3.50, so you will get around 24 blocks out of it. That makes it just pennies per block! This is also a good project to do with friends, and split the cost of the wood. I always like to have some on hand though, so you might want to hang onto it!
2. Give your block a rough sand. Paint it as desired, then sand again to distress, and stain if desired.
3. I used a vinyl “a” I already had on hand, which will cost anywhere from 25-50 cents, depending on where you get it. I also think it would be so cute to cut the a out of scrapbook paper, and mod podge it on, or you could paint it on, too. All of these options are very inexpensive.
4. Once you’ve added your letter, you’re ready for the ribbon! I like to use a wired ribbon, because of its fantastic ability to hold its shape. Your bows will thank you! The ribbon cost is the biggest variable, but if you shop around, and use coupons, you can get really good deals.
Super simple, and super cute! I’ll add a cute tag, and they’ll be ready for the first day of school.
Once I saw how cute these were, I thought how darling they would be as monogrammed blocks–perfect for gifts, or for your own home. So, I whipped one up that has our initial on it, and I love it.