These easy valentine blocks are made using scrap 2x4’s and a Chalk Couture Transfer! Oh, and a little craft paint. When you do as much word working as I do, you end up with so many scraps, mostly 2x4’s. You may recall I made something similar for Halloween-- Scrap 2x4 Halloween Decor.
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Scrap 2x4 Project
I cut my 2x4 pieces on my compound miter saw, but you could easily use a jigsaw, handsaw, or even a miter box and saw.
It’s really important to sand your scrap wood. I prefer to use a sanding sponge, it seems to work faster. If your 2x4 hasn’t been cut yet, I recommend that you cut off the mill end of the wood to get a nice smooth grain as seen in the picture above.
Paint Valentine Blocks Red
Now that your wood is sanded smooth, it’s time to paint. You probably know that I reach for a chip brush –this time using a narrow one for the small valentine blocks. This small bottle of Home Decor Chalk Paint was perfect for such a quick project.
Did you know a 2x4 is really 3.5 x 1.5?
I cut three squares at 3.5". The long 2x4 is 12".
Should You Use Finishing Wax?
After the valentine blocks dried, I gave them a quick coat of wax. Hindsight, I wish I hadn’t used this particular wax because after it dried it didn’t look the best. The block on the right is after the wax. This is before the wax set up. You can tell it deepens the color initially.
Chalk Couture Valentine Transfer
What makes this project so easy? Using a Chalk Couture Transfer and Chalk Paste!
First, I did the middle of the transfer and let it dry. While it was drying, I did the square 2x4 valentine blocks. Finally, I finished the long block, putting Happy on the left . . . .
. . . and Day on the right. Just because it’s in a square shape, doesn’t mean you have to transfer it that way.
To finish it off, I used February’s Club Couture design. I cut off the small heart transfers and put one on each side of the words Happy Valentine’s Day.
A damp paper towel took care of the little oops of the chalk paste.
Easy Wooden Valentine Blocks
I don’t really decorate at home for most holidays, but I’ve been putting holiday touches over in The Sugar Shack to give a little color to the finished projects.
Do you decorate for Valentine’s day? If so, these easy valentine blocks would be perfect. If you don’t have a transfer, or Valentine Stencils, you could do Mod Podge or write your own words if you have pretty handwriting. It would be pretty easy with a paint pen.