Holiday Decor: Reversible Christmas Blocks

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I was inspired to do these reversible Christmas blocks by this tutorial I found on Pinterest.

Christmas Blocks (Gawker)

While the tutorial I found had two phrases (“Merry Christmas” and “We Are Blessed”), I decided to keep “Merry Christmas”, but go with “We Are Thankful” instead.  Not that we are not blessed because we really are, but I figured thankful went better with Thanksgiving.  To see the Thanksgiving blocks, visit this link.

Here were the supplies that I used:

  • 1 4×4, cut into 3” long pieces (I had originally planned to make them perfectly square blocks, but I must have blanked out that detail when I was measuring.  My 4×4 was actually 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.)
  • Sandpaper or sander
  • Stain brush
  • Paper towels or old rag
  • 1 8 oz. can of stain (I used Minwax Dark Walnut)
  • Christmas scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam sponge brush
  • Paint or letter stickers

Christmas blocks

First, cut the board into 15 cubes.  Give them a quick sand with sandpaper or a sander.  (With 15 blocks, my quick sand with sandpaper actually took quite a while, so if you have a sander, save your fingers a little trouble.)  Wipe each block down with a paper towel to get the remaining wood dust off.

Use your brush to put a coat of stain on the wood.  If you want a darker color, let it sit longer.  Wipe the extra stain off with a rag or paper towel.  I let mine sit too long and it turned out a little dark for my liking, so keep in mind how dark you want your blocks.  Let the pieces dry.

While you’re waiting, cut the scrapbook paper pieces into 3” squares.  When the stain is dry, put a light coat of Mod Podge on both the block and the back of the scrapbook paper.  Adhere the scrapbook paper to the block, making sure to smooth out all of the bubbles.  Let dry for at least 5 minutes.

Christmas blocks
Christmas blocks

This is where my steps differed from the tutorial.  If you decide to use Cricut-cut letters or letter stickers, this is where you would adhere either of those to the blocks.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a Cricut and I couldn’t find a font that I liked for stickers.  My solution was to trace the letters onto the blocks.  Sound confusing?  Not really.  Sound like a lot of work?  Yes, indeed it was.  I printed out letters on the computer, taped them to the blocks and used a pen to trace the letters to make an imprint on the scrapbook paper.  This indent was my guide for where to paint.

Christmas blocks

Christmas blocks


I then filled in the letters with green and red paint (shocking color choices, right?).  (For the Christmas blocks I painted them white first because I didn’t want to have the scrapbook paper show through.)  I used FolkArt Paint: apple red and classic green

Finally, give it a last light coat of Mod Podge.  Then, put the blocks up.  Add some garland, lights, or other Christmas decorations to make it look even more festive.

Christmas Blocks

Looking for more Christmas DIY ideas?  Check out my Dollar Tree ornament wreath.

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