Sunday, September 30, 2012

Using what you've got....

Sometimes, when the crafty bug strikes your 14 month old baby is hungry, your oldest daughter is working on a school project, and your "littlest-middlest" (which is what I call my younger daughter) has a sinus infection. During those times, you can't always run out to the home improvement store or the craft store and you just have to use what you've got!

A few weeks ago when Ron and I did this project above the fireplace:

We had a ton of this wood left:

Ron (aka Mr. C) kinda likes to clean up and doesn't have a crafty bone in his he was all,

I'm gonna throw this stuff out.

And I was all,

Over my dead body!

So I squirreled them away in a corner of the garage not knowing what I would ever do with em'. Till tonight....when I felt the familiar sting of needing some "crafty time". Here's what I did:

I had Mr. C cut them into small squares for me, then I painted them white. I cut some letters from my trusty Cricut in a font I liked and in a size that would fit on the block.

I lightly traced the letters with a pencil,

Then filled them in with acrylic paint.

You can either leave them "as-is" for a crisp clean look or......

You can distress the edges and flick some paint on them to give them a creepy, ghoulish look for Halloween!

I love how they turned out, and for the price of FREE you really can't beat it!

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  1. This is so pretty! Love it. I hope you'll add this to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

  2. Love them! I want some scrap wood too! : ) I really need a cricut. Great job!

    1. Thanks Cherryl! I love my Cricut and really need to use it more often.


  3. love them great idea :O)

  4. I love the distressed look! They are great!

  5. cute and love the distressed ones best!

    1. Thanks so much Susi! I appreciate the comment! :o)



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