I love searching blogland for great new ideas. I hope that’s what some people get from this blog…great new ideas! Stacie over at The CrEaTIVe Crate made this wonderful piece:
On the left is a 2×6, on the right are 2 2×4’s (ripped to match the size of the 2×6) Note: the 2×4 on the bottom is smaller than the one on the top.
I printed out the words I needed on regular computer paper. I used the font Bookman Old Style.
I turned the paper over, and “colored” it with a pencil. (I did this to transfer the letters onto the blocks)
I went over each letter several times with the paint pen. One coat was not sufficient. But I’m sure it was much easier for me than trying to use a brush.
Let me introduce you to one of my new best friends! It says right on the package “dries white”. YEP, it does dry WHITE! If there is a Gorilla glue that is this strong and dries clear, please let me know! 🙂 I used the Gorilla glue to adhere the blocks to each other.
After I glued the blocks together, I tried to highlight the low points with some stain, but I did not like how it looked. I used some folk art brown acrylic paint on a Q-tip to go around the corners. (which I sanded down at the beginning of this project)
Whenever I am inspired by another blogger, I try to “tweak” the project to make it my own. I love how Stacie embellished hers with the little tulle, but I wanted something different. It sat around for days and I couldn’t quite figure it out. When I got the gift ready to wrap, I decided that I would also include one of my photo holders with it.
I like this whiskey top really well, and I thought it sort of went with the blocks. This is a picture of my grandparents (Nana and Grandad)
I had pretty much decided to use this one, and then I started wrapping it in tissue paper. Ding! Lightbulb moment. It suddenly hit me what I wanted to do to tweak this!
Voila! Photo holders attached to the top! I located a couple of the photos of the newlyweds off the internet, and printed them in sepia.