So here is how to make them.
6 blocks of wood in varying sizes*
(3x 6in, 1x 7.5in, and 2x 8.5in)
13 bottles of Acrylic paint* (6 spring colors, 6 summer colors, and white)
Sponge Paint brushes
Scissors & Tape
First a few notes:
- I bought my wood at Home Depot and I got one 4x4 that was eight feet long for $7.00. Then I had them cut it for me to the specified dimensions. (They do this for free)
- The paint, Micheal's had a new selection of paint: Craft Smart and each bottle was only 59cents! Cheapest I have ever found!
- And for the lettering you could use stencils, draw them on, etc. But I found it easiest and cheapest to print them out on the computer in a font I liked. The dimensions of my letters were about 5.5 inches tall by 2-2.5 inches wide (depending on the letter). Then I cut out my letters creating a “stencil” to use.
- I also did this with a group so we could split the costs...which helped a lot!
I found it helpful to sand any rough/splintering parts of the wood, due to the saw's cutting.
I also chose my block order/arrangement and which sides I liked best for the “front” and “back's”
Now getting started.
1. I painted the block white.
2. Then I painted all of the “front” sides in the varying spring colors I chose, keeping a small white edge.
Then I painted all of the “back” sides in the varying summer colors the same way.
3. Stencil on lettering. I did this by taping my paper stencil down to the wood block, then “sponged” on the white with the sponge brush.
4. Once completely dry, I sanded it. I sanded all the edges, and lightly sanded quick strokes over the lettering to give them a slightly worn look.
And you're done!