These Noel Wood Blocks were made from left over 2×4 scraps of wood, stain and paint. These were inspired from the blog Chase the Star where she made these Fall Wood Blocks.When I saw these Fall Wood Blocks I was inspired to use them for Christmas using the word “noel.” I like that instead of painting the letters on the wood, the letters are the actual stained wood. This is an easy project that didn’t cost me anything since I already had everything at home.
Gray paint (optional)
Paint – I used white latex
Start out by cutting your wood to your preferred size. My cuts ranged from about 4-5 ½ inches. I wanted to have my blocks different sizes to add dimension. I used the Rustoleum Dark Walnut Stain.
I stained the wood blocks, then wiped the stain off a few seconds later (sorry for the blurry pic). As you can see this is a dark brown shade. I like to add gray to give it a more weathered look. Once the stain dried I applied what is becoming my go to technique for weathering wood projects using watered down gray paint. I like to call it my Gray Crush. Click the link for the tutorial. Here is what the wood looked like after applying the Gray Crush. Let the Gray Crush dry. While drying I printed my font of Poor Richard size 415. I cut out the letters and traced them with a pencil. Then I took a white latex paint, lined the letters with a fine tipped paint brush. I then painted the rest of the wood block leaving the traced letters unpainted to allow the stained wood to show through. I applied 3 coats of paint.Allow the paint to dry. I then sanded the blocks to give them an aged, worn look. And now they are ready for Christmas. Here is what it looks like displayed with all of my other Christmas projects I completed this season. Check out my Blog’s First Christmas, Christmas home tour to see the rest of my projects.
Here is a tip on paint. Tip: go to the paint department at either Home Depot or Lowes and get a sample paint size of your paint color. It comes in an 8 ounce size for around $3. This is a cheap way to experiment with paint colors and to use it for little projects like this that requires very little paint. Then you’re not committing to a quart size, which is more paint than you need and it saves on cost.
Only 14 more days until Christmas are you feeling stressed yet?