So I've recently been put in charge of a crafting group in my area. Which is all fine and dandy when you consider I have an extensive knowledge of paper crafting. But this group thing is kind of throwing me for a loop. Why? I asked for input as to what the group wanted to make, and NOTHING was paper crafting. It was wood... and paint... and metalwork... and other scary things! But, I decided to jump in with both feet and branch out of my paper world.
One of the projects shared was this:
Pinterest. This looked fairly do-able and I decided to take a shot at it. Here's what my stacked Halloween blocks ended up looking like:
So, lets go through the stack and I'll let you know what I did.
Painted it orange, traced and cut a burlap leaf from the Kiwi Lane Designs Tiny Nature template set, painted a spool with a layer of brown followed by a layer of bright green on top, made a vine out of twine and painted eyes on the front of the pumpkin. Hot glued the leaf, stem/spool and vine/wire to the top of the block like this:
Painted a layer of white followed by a layer of cream (Why? Because 2 layers of cream looked to yellow and 2 layers of white looked too bright.), painted eyes, wrapped around a 2-3" strip of gauzy fabric and tied in a knot on the side above the eyes.
Painted it green, spray painted wooden push pins silver, cut hair out of paper and glued to the top of the block as hair, painted eyes and scar. I used paper because I could not find any black felt in our town ANYWHERE!! And I looked everywhere I could think of. But, if you use paper, don't use hot glue!! I did and it has warped the paper and looks awful! I think I'll be replacing it with felt as soon as I can find some again. Anyone want to send me some? ;)
I sanded the edges of all the blocks for a slightly distressed look (and to help cover up any painting mistakes- sanding makes it look messy on purpose!) The finished product ended up being about 12" tall, including the spool/stem.
And there you have it! My first soiree into the world of wood crafting! Maybe not the first, but I don't think I've done anything in that department for a few decades. Is there such a thing as a born again wood crafter? If so, I think I'm in that category! ;) I really liked playing with paint and blocks. I think I might even do it again!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!