Easy Christmas Blocks – HO HO HO

DSCF3839My husband is bound and determined to give our friends and neighbors snowman poop for Christmas this year. It’s clever, it’s cute and it will be delicious.

But for the past several years I have made a small, simple craft to give. I like making things and I was having a hard time letting go of creating something and settling on pooh.

That’s when I found out about a fundraiser for my mother in law’s cousin. (Friends and family were raising money to help cover medical expenses from her fight with cancer. She is uninsured.)

I decided to make a craft to donate to the boutique part of the event.

I was able to satisfy my crafting itch while donating to family at the same time. Win. Win.

Friends and neighbors you have been warned, you’re getting snowy waste for Christmas this year but don’t worry, it will be edible.

For the craft, I made HO HO HO blocks out of the extra wood we had from remodeling our basement bathroom.

The blocks were inspired by my amazingly talented friend Jenny Hadley – you can check out her blog here. She made a super cute harvest sign out of black glitter, chevron striped fabric and wood. I tried to copy her idea and make a harvest sign for myself. It didn’t turn out nearly as cute as Jenny’s.

I wanted to try the same type idea for the Ho Ho Ho blocks. Luckily they turned out better than my harvest sign. I love how they looked when finished.

If any of you are interested in making something similar, continue reading. You can see how I put them together step by step. Oh, and if you are interested in donating to my mother-in-law’s cousin, you can visit her gofundme donation site here.

For the blocks:

First my husband cut a bunch of 2 by 4s into 4-inch blocks.  When he was done I sanded them all with an electric sander, then stained them and let them dry for several hours.

Then I took my rotary cutter and cut up some grey and white striped chevron fabric into 4-inch squares. After the blocks were dry, I sprayed them with spray adhesive and then stuck the fabric to the front.

I let them dry overnight.

Here are some of the craft supplies I used to put on the fabric and glitter:

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Then I cut out HO HO HO stencils using my silhouette cutting machine. If you would like a copy of my silhouette file, send me your email address in the comments and I’ll send you the file.

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I used cardstock paper so it was thicker and sturdier. I used each “HO” stencil to paint Elmer’s glue onto the fabric.

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(Each stencil lasted for about 2 or 3 blocks before it got super sticky and glittery.)

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Then I sprinkled red glitter on top of the stencil, removed it and had an instant glitter HO.

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I sprayed a layer of spray adhesive over the glitter, hoping that would help keep it in tact.

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I made three block per set. If I were to make these again, I would probably use something other than spray adhesive to stick the fabric to the wood. Not that it didn’t work, but my hand got super sticky while holding the blocks and spraying. Also, the edges of the fabric curled a couple of times so I had to keep pushing them down with my finger. Using scrapbooking paper may be better.

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Other than that I think they turned out really cute and I ended up keeping one set for myself!

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