Monday, November 6, 2017

Eat Drink and Be Thankful

Being thankful is always in season, so whether it's Thanksgiving or everyday, these blocks are perfect for kitchen decorating.  You can stack them up as I did above, or you can arrange them in a line on your mantle or hutch.

To make a set of your own, you'll need:

Joy® Iron-on letters: 
3-inch script letters -  E, D, B and T
Letter sheet - A T, R I N K, E and H A N K F U L
1/2" Classic Monograms - A N D

Smoothfoam blocks:  2 each 2x4x8 and 2x4x12
Craft paint:  Light Cinnamon, Alizarin Crimson, Primary Red, Slate Gray (DecoArt)
Flexible Modeling Paste
Craft knife
Palette knife
Tacky glue
Wax paper
Disposable plate

1. Using the craft knife, carefully cut blocks different sizes.  Blocks shown are about 6", 9", 8" and 12".  Cut off corners and edges to give a rough look.

2. Paint the blocks with a mix of reds and light brown.  Leave your paint streaky to make it look like an old brick. Mix gray paint and flexible modeling paste and apply with a palette knife for the grout.  Let dry.

3. Glue the letters to bricks as shown.

Other ideas:  Cover the blocks with patterned paper, or an old, brown grocery sack.  When using paper, you can iron on the letters to the paper, then glue it to the foam blocks.  Or, arrange these words on a plaque.  Of course, you can use whatever JOY letters you like.  White letters can also be colored to coordinate with the paper.

Joy® Iron-on embroidered letters and numbers are available in a variety of colors, fonts and sizes at your local craft stores.

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