Hello my crafty friends! Wow! I feel like it’s been an age since I’ve had the opportunity to create anything for you! When Melodee asked me to whip up today’s steal in a blog post I was pretty excited. Not only because it’s something completely out of my norm, but it’s stinkin’ cute!
I’m so not much of a home décor crafter, as so many others out there. In fact I pretty much stink at the whole home decorating thing. So often I feel like I just don’t have the space for little crafty knick knacks and that is precisely why I love the decorative block kits by My Minds Eye. Not only do you get step by step instructions but a cute decoration that has not only one option to spruce up your home, but SIX! Get tired of one design…simple…flip the blocks and you’ve got a whole new look to spice up a shelf or dresser or anywhere else you’ve got a smidgen of space that wants to look cute!
Now I know working with decoupage can be a little intimidating so I thought I’d do a little step by step for you, so you can see exactly how easy it is!
You’ll notice that the MME block kits each come with the blocks, papers, sandpaper, a foam brush and decoupage glue. I guess old habits die hard, because I preferred to use my big bottle of Mod Podge Matte finish glue, as I’m familiar with how it handles and I like the final look. Plus the ease of being able to dip my brush into the bottle was a big plus for me!
The first step in completing your blocks are to sand down all of the rough edges. I am perhaps a little anal and actually sanded down the blocks completely. Just be sure to take extra care when sanding the cut ends of the wood…this helps seal off the porous areas so that the glue is more effective. Oh and another fun part of sanding is I have to say the smell of whatever wood the MME blocks are made out of is really quite pleasing.
Once you have the blocks all sanded the next step is to organize your blocks 3×3. You’ll then want to take a pencil and letter and number each block left to right and top to bottom. So the first block will be 1A, 2A, 3A….
Once you have the top face of each block numbered rotate all of the blocks in the same direction and begin lettering them and numbering them again. This time it will be 2A, 2B, 2C…. Keep doing this process until each block is numbered A-F. This is a pretty important step as it will help you make sure that the correct papers are going on the correct blocks in the correct places as well as in the correct direction.
The next step is to cut the paper of choice into 9 squares. It’s best to choose just one pattern at a time while doing this so that you don’t have so much to keep track of. An added bonus is that the kit actually comes with a template so if you wanted to choose different papers or even add a photo it would be easy peasy!
Now we start the gluing process. Simply take the foam brush and either dip it in glue or if you are using the kit glue, squirt a little amount onto the block and use the foam brush to apply it to the surface evenly.
Next take the correct square of paper and firmly press onto the top of the block. Take care to push out any air bubbles that may be hiding!
The next step that I did certainly isn’t a required step, but I really love adding ink to my projects. I like the dimension and character that adding a little ink to the edges of things brings to a project. My very favorite ink pads for this purpose are the Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink pads. Perhaps I shouldn’t admit the fact that I own every color! Yes. That’s how much I love them! The color that I used on this project is the ‘Chestnut Roan’. Worked great with the color scheme of everything!
Now the next step isn’t entirely mandatory either, but another that I’d highly suggest. I like to seal my projects by adding a top coat of glue. In fact I have to say that I’m VERY glad I did this on this very project! I wasn’t quite finished completing the blocks and walked into my crafting studio to find that my son had taken a ball point pen to one of the blocks and drawn all over the entire thing. Luckily for me, the top coat of Mod Podge made quite a fabulous sealant on the block and I was able to more or less wipe away almost all of the ink. Had the top coat of not been there, I’d have been a pretty grumpy momma with a project that was ruined!
Once you’ve completed the same process for all sides of the cubes, you’ve got yourself a darling project to add a little flair to your home!
I really cannot say enough about how fun this project was to make. I loved that I could be crafty and didn’t have to put a lot of thinking power into it!
Until next time my crafty friends……
Happy scrappin’ to you all!