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Design by: CreativeCrafter (1 Project)
Project skill level: easy
Project time: 1 hour to 2 hours
Project tags: Anniversary Family Home Décor/Accents Vintage Wall Décor/Wreaths/Banners Valentine's Day Bridal Shower Wedding Feminine Classic Trendy Engagement Kids Teen Country Love Notes/Cards Love Layouts Holiday Décor Playful

These are some fun blocks to make for Valentines day! I made some of these with a group of 8 year old kids and it was a hit!

CRICUT ®: WHAT WAS USED

OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED

  • card stock (pink white red)
  • Glue
  • Ink for edges
  • 2x2 wood blocks
  • Acrylic Paint

STEP-BY-STEP How-TO INSTRUCTIONS

If you can't find 2x2 inch blocks, cut a 4x4 inch post (found at hardware store) into 8 2x2 inch blocks.
Cut at least 5 hearts, I used 6 - 1" hearts and 5 - 1/4" hearts. Cut One: I, L, U, !, V and 2 X's and 3 O's. Use different colors and make sure they contrast with your paints.
Paint 2 blocks Pink and 2 blocks white. Don't paint too thick, it will make sanding a little more difficult.. however, for good color, you will want to make sure to paint it thick enough.
Sand all of the edges of the blocks. A sanding block works well, though any semi-harsh sandpaper will do. Try different directions to add effect.
Layout the cutouts and plan ahead.. there's nothing worse than changing your mind after gluing - or even worse, making a mistake and gluing down the cutout in the wrong place!
Use an ink pad along the edges of the paper to add depth and special effect! I used Dew Drop fast drying pigment ink Brilliance in crimson copper.
Glue down each cutout. *Pick a side to be the top and the bottom. Glue the first phrase across the fronts of all blocks, then turn left and choose the 2nd phrase and so on.. Doing it this way makes it so you only need turn the blocks to see the next image - and prevents it from getting scratched from stacking or moving them.* A tip I used to keep the paper from curling and lifting, was to hold it down for a few seconds and then face it down and let the block apply the even pressure for about a minute.
Mix and match and have fun displaying your project!

Step 1

If you can't find 2x2 inch blocks, cut a 4x4 inch post (found at hardware store) into 8 2x2 inch blocks.

Step 2

Cut at least 5 hearts, I used 6 - 1" hearts and 5 - 1/4" hearts. Cut One: I, L, U, !, V and 2 X's and 3 O's. Use different colors and make sure they contrast with your paints.

Step 3

Paint 2 blocks Pink and 2 blocks white. Don't paint too thick, it will make sanding a little more difficult.. however, for good color, you will want to make sure to paint it thick enough.

Step 4

Sand all of the edges of the blocks. A sanding block works well, though any semi-harsh sandpaper will do. Try different directions to add effect.

Step 5

Layout the cutouts and plan ahead.. there's nothing worse than changing your mind after gluing - or even worse, making a mistake and gluing down the cutout in the wrong place!

Step 6

Use an ink pad along the edges of the paper to add depth and special effect! I used Dew Drop fast drying pigment ink Brilliance in crimson copper.

Step 7

Glue down each cutout. *Pick a side to be the top and the bottom. Glue the first phrase across the fronts of all blocks, then turn left and choose the 2nd phrase and so on.. Doing it this way makes it so you only need turn the blocks to see the next image - and prevents it from getting scratched from stacking or moving them.* A tip I used to keep the paper from curling and lifting, was to hold it down for a few seconds and then face it down and let the block apply the even pressure for about a minute.

Step 8

Mix and match and have fun displaying your project!

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SHOWCASED - A FEATURED PROJECT
SHOWCASED - A FEATURED PROJECT
PRIZED - PROJECT FAVED 25+ TIMES
PRIZED - PROJECT FAVED 25+ TIMES
CELEBRATED - PROJECT FAVED 50+ TIMES
CELEBRATED - PROJECT FAVED 50+ TIMES
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  • CELEBRATED - PROJECT FAVED 50+ TIMES

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Great project!

Published on February 15, 2014 by PaperWillow Flag Comment As Inappropriate
Thanks for sharing, this is wonderful! What kind of glue??

Published on January 31, 2014 by LilKiwi2569 Flag Comment As Inappropriate
great idea i love the sanding effect!

Published on February 28, 2013 by patty8az Flag Comment As Inappropriate
I loved doing this project the only thing I changed was that I put dance instead of "I <3 you!"

Published on February 18, 2013 by Natalie89 Flag Comment As Inappropriate
Love this project and the detailed instructions! Meant to give 5 stars, but can't seem to change. Thanks for sharing the steps. I can't wait to try it myself!

Published on February 13, 2012 by kriskraft Flag Comment As Inappropriate