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How To Decoupage Wooden Chatter Blocks

Decoupage Wooden Chatter Blocks

I love projects. Have I ever mentioned that? I probably have… but seriously, I love them. It honestly doesn’t even matter what kind of project! If it has a beginning and a finished product, I am sold. I just love working on things when you get to see the “after” picture! So today I’m featuring my Decoupage Wooden Chatter Blocks. I got this idea from my sister Lindsey, who gave us blocks like this for Christmas one year. Hers were painted, and I thought it was such a cute idea! Well ever since then, I’ve been wondering how I could put my own spin on these blocks. I could paint them in a fun color… OOOORRRRR, I could use my scrapbook paper that is sitting stale in my craft closet. So without further ado – here we go.

How To Decoupage Wooden Chatter Blocks

1. You’ll need 16 wooden blocks. I started with 1.5″ square blocks, and white washed them with acrylic paint in Titanium White. When I say “white wash” I mean that I didn’t use stark white. I mixed my white paint with a little water so it looked a little more faded and natural.

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2. Then I picked 4 pieces of 12×12 scrapbook paper that I thought complemented each other. I traced 16 blocks on the back of each page (1 for each block). I cut out each square inside the lines. Don’t follow your lines because remember, since you traced, your squares are too big. You want to cut it down a little bit and nip each corner off. The beauty of this project is in the imperfection. The white isn’t perfect, your squares aren’t perfect… It ends up looking great. I promise. Then grab the Mod Podge. I’ll bet you haven’t used this stuff in a while. :o)

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3. Do 1 side of each block first. I started with all the squares from one piece of paper, and did one side of each block before I moved on to the next set of paper squares. You want to apply a coat of mod podge on the one side, put the piece of paper down and press down with a flat edge (a ruler or a little plastic scraper will work awesome). Then apply a thin coat of mod podge over the top. Set it aside and let it dry while you complete the rest of the blocks. After you’ve done all 4 sides, you’re ready to apply your letters!

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I chose these circle chipboard stickers for 2 reasons: 1) because I liked that there was white behind them because it would make the letter stand out better on the paper. And 2) because I LOVE the typewriter font. Super cute!! You’ll notice that my squares – NOT PERFECT. But I love them. The imperfections give it a fun vintage type feel.

4. After I applied the stickers, I let them sit overnight, and then put on a layer of the Sealant made by Mod Podge. Of course, I forgot to take pictures of this step, but it’s pretty self explanatory. :) Just spray it on and let it dry.

When you’re all done, you get this!!!

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Decoupage-Wooden-ChatterBlocks

These super fun Decoupage Wooden Chatter Blocks can make 73 phrases!! You can literally pick scrapbook paper that fits your decor and put them anywhere around your house. I LOVE mine. :) I hope you’ll catch the crafty bug and make some too!

If you’re not in the mood to make your own, and you love these – you can find them (and other goodies) in our Etsy shop, “The Printed Lemon.” Thanks for following along, and if you do make a purchase in our shop, then I thank you so much in advance for supporting this site! If you make some blocks of your own, be sure to tag me in your projects! I definitely want to see what you come up with.

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5 comments
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  • Linda Nelson August 2, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Very playful and pretty.

  • Jenna August 2, 2015, 5:24 pm

    cute cute idea, love the typewriter font letters, and the idea of making lots of different messages!! super fun!

    • Leah Sannar August 2, 2015, 5:26 pm

      Thanks Linda! I did have a good time with this one. :o) The colors of the scrapbook paper came together better than I could have expected.

  • Kimbosue October 16, 2015, 12:09 pm

    I also like projects like this, but I’m struggling with knowing which letters to put on all the blocks to have enough for certain sayings…do you have any tips?

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