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.
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)
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!
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!!!
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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