Halloween Block Sign

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In my quest to jazz up my mantle this year I wanted to make a Halloween block sign. The hubby had some old 2×4 in the basement so I grabbed that and had my dad cut it into blocks. I eyeballed it and marked off different heights but the tallest is about 6 inches. I’m not one of those exact measure girls and you will see in the end why it’s ok to do this with this project.
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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 used a pencil to write on each block the letter it would be so when I took them down I wouldn’t get them all mixed up. Garrett decided to photo bomb with the skeleton. If you want to see how I made the spiderweb garland you can click here

Halloween Block Sign - Miss Information

After I figured out the layout, 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 in my work room  so I used it. 

Halloween Block Sign - Miss Information

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.

 Halloween Block Sign - Miss Information

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.

While the blocks finished drying, I took scrapbook paper and printed the letters on them. My paper was 8×8 an old Halloween paper pack I had in my stash. 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. You may want to print it on white paper first and lay it over your scrapbook paper to check your alignment. Once you do the first one you should be ok to print the rest.

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.

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So I got out my sandpaper and tried lightly sanding the paper from the back and it got all those little hangy pieces off!

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 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 on the back of the paper. You have to do both so you will be able to position the paper easily. 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.
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Wait at least 5 minutes before you put your top coat on to seal your blocks or you will get bubbles. 

I really love how they turned out and you can put them out straight like this:

Halloween Block Sign - Miss Information


Or you can stack them up like this:

Halloween Block Sign - Miss Information

If you want to see how my Halloween mantle finally turned out you can see it here.


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19 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:
    Love this idea! I'm going to try this for random decorative words/letters throughout the house. (Live, Laugh, Love etc) Thanks!
  2. Liz @ Here's to says:
    These turned out great! I love the paper you chose! Thanks so much for linking up to our Pinteresting Link Party! I hope you'll stop by this week and share any new projects. :)
  3. Jessi @ Practically says:
    Super cute, I love the papers you chose! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!
  4. Love this!! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. You are being featured this week. The link will go live tonight at 8:30 central time. Stop by and grab a featured button and join this weeks party. http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2012/10/chai-loaf-pumpkin-squares-and-tasteful.html
  5. Jill @ Create.Craft. says:
    Those look great! I love the papers you chose! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party!
  6. These look great!Thanks so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays. I will be featuring this on my blog this weekend. Have a great weekend!Julie
  7. Bonnie and Trish @ U says:
    Love how these turned out! They are just SO fun! Thanks for sharing them with us this week!Take care, Trish
  8. Carissa Rasmussen says:
    they look great! I love mod podge. Have a great week
  9. Katie Drane says:
    How creative! I love how the letters turned out, thanks so much for sharing:)Katie <a href="http://www.funhomethings.comwww.funhomethings.com<br />
  10. Liz @ The Hesitant H says:
    Love this!!!! Found you via Tip Junkie's link party!
  11. Heidi@OneCreativeMom says:
    Your block project is fantastic. I'm adding it to my very long list of things to make for Halloween! If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on <a rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">OneCreativeMommy.com (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.
  12. House on the Way says:
    Stop by www.houseontheway.com tomorrow to see your Halloween blocks featured! Be sure to grab a "House Featured" button! Hope you can join in this week too.Leslie
  13. cathy@my1929charmer says:
    Looks pretty darn good for a crafter who never used modge podge before. Love the paper pattern and colors. So cute, Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!
  14. Rita B Caldwell says:
    They are adorable and what an inspiration. Thanks for sharing!
  15. I love those bright colors....! Halloween is such a fun funky holiday. Great sign-blockage....:)
  16. Tutus & Tea Part says:
    Those are so cute!
  17. House on the Way says:
    I love these Halloween Blocks! They are so cute! I'd like to invite you to share them at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. They would make a great addition! Leslie
  18. Steph @ Crafting in says:
    Looks great!

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