Before I put the letters on I lined all my blocks up on my mantle so I could decide on the sizing pattern I liked. After I was satisfied with it I wrote on each block the letter it would be. Garrett decided to photo bomb with the skeleton. If you want to see how I made the spiderweb garland you can see how I made it here.
Then I took them outside and painted the sides and the front with black spray paint. You can use craft paint but I had 4 cans of spray paint so I used it.
After they had 2-3 coats on them and were dry (well almost I am so impatient) I went out to sand the edges a little with sandpaper to give them a distressed look.
Wouldn’t you know all of the sudden every leaf in our back yard started falling down in a swirling dervish and it was starting to sprinkle so I did not get them as distressed as I wanted.
Next I took scrapbook paper and printed the letters on 8×8 paper. I had an old Halloween paper pack that I used. Make sure that you allow for each letter to be the same amount of inches from the bottom of the block and that you allow for the height of each block above the letter. This will allow for all of your letters to line up across the bottom. I started with my A because I wanted to get the crow in the right place.
Once they were printed out I cut them with my scrap-booking paper cutter. Apparently my blade was dull because it left these paper turds along the edge.
So I got out my sandpaper and lightly sanded from the back and it got all those little hangy pieces off!
Now I grabbed Mod Podge. I have never really used this stuff before so I said a little prayer I would not mess this up. ( I know and you wonder how I can call myself a crafter!) I spread the Mod Podge on the block and then placed the letters on top. Umm can I just tell you it is not easy to photograph yourself while trying to craft at the same time. Then I used the Mod Podge roller to try and get the bubbles out and any excess Mod Podge.
Once it was dry I put another coat of Mod Podge on top. Apparently I did something wrong because a got a few bubbles on 2 of my letters, maybe I should have gotten out that Mod Podge Rocks book I bought to actually learn how to do it before I do it!
Don’t you love that last picture, it’s literally watching glue dry!
Here is how my Mod Podge Halloween Block Signs turned out. I love them! I arrange them straight or stack them up like the first picture! The biggest bonus was not having to buy anything to make them.
If you want to see how my Halloween mantle turned out you can see it here.
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