DIY Mod Podge vintage Halloween blocks

DIY Mod Podge vintage Halloween blocks DIY Mod Podge vintage Halloween blocksHello Podgers! It’s time for Halloween – and in a big way. I’m ashamed that it’s almost the end of September and I have barely started Halloween crafting. I gotta get on the stick this weekend. Black glitter isn’t going to sprinkle itself!

Luckily Man Podger David has begun Halloween crafting, so he is totally saving my butt this week. These Mod Podged vintage Halloween blocks will make a great addition to your home decor, especially to those decorative mantles that so many of you do. Here is the complete tutorial, straight from David.

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It’s 98 degrees here in Los Angeles but my mind is on fall.
These rustic blocks are a variation on the Halloween Tea Light Holders I sell in my Etsy store. This version is easy to make, inexpensive and, I think, very versatile.

You will need:

Materials

  • 4 x 4 wood post cut down into 3.5″ blocks (due to the funkiness of lumber measurements, a 4 x 4 post is actually a 3.5 x 3.5 post so to cut it into blocks you just need to slice off 3.5″ segments)
  • Paint (I used spray paint but any craft paint will work just great)
  • 100 grit sandpaper (a orbital sander is a time saver but you can totally do this with elbow grease)
  • A candle
  • Mod Podge Gloss and foam brush
  • Paper – you can use old scrap paper or, if you’re like me, design your own using MS Word, clip art and images from The Graphics Fairy
  • Edge cutters (pinking sheers, a corner round) – optional
  • Clear spray sealer

Cut your 4×4 post down in to 3 ½ inch blocks – they can do this for you at most hardware stores or you can do it by hand. I gave the blocks a light sanding – just to avoid splinters – but I didn’t want them too smooth as I want to make use of the rough texture. After that it was just a quick coat of my base colors on the sides, top and bottom. One coat is all that’s needed and having uneven amounts of paint is the goal so I painted heavily in some spots and very lightly in others and set them aside to dry.

First CoatAfter the paint dried I simply rubbed the blocks with my candle hitting spots on the sides, edges and top wherever I wanted my base coat color to show through.

Wax ItThen it was time for my contrasting color top coat. So I top-coated my white block with orange paint, my black block with white paint and my orange block with black paint and allowed them to dry.

Top CoatWhile they were drying I gathered my paper. As I mentioned, the Graphics Fairy is a great source for Halloween images. You can use clip art, scrapbook paper, scrap book embellishments, old photos – pretty much anything you can come up with. I cut all my paper down into 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ inch squares and then rounded the corners or cut them with pinking shears.

PaperBy now the paint had dried and it was time to sand away the wax revealing the base color underneath and all the nooks and crannies in the wood.

SandedAt this point I’m always tempted to just leave them as they are but I never can resist adding the images. So I just Mod Podged my squares to the sides and top of the blocks – I didn’t even have to worry much about wrinkles or bumps as they only add to the texture. I quick top-coat of Mod Podge and then, when dry, a polycrylic spray sealer and that’s all there is to it.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Amy, I love these darling blocks. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to say “Hi”. I’m such a fan & I was so excited that YOU left ME a comment. I often think of you when I’m using Mod Podge. I can never get it perfect & I get frustrated with bumps, wrinkles, & bubbles. But, I just do it anyway!

    Warmly, Michelle

  2. says

    Hey Amy! Hope this isn’t a silly question but did you use dry candle wax or was that wet? These look great! I’ve got some flat 3×3 wooden squares that I might try this on. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says

    I just LOVE these! And I have a set of blocks that I bought on clearance knowing I would find the perfect project for them! I think this is one of them!!

  4. Karen- The Graphics Fairy says

    Oh wow, I just found this!! These are awesome! Thanks so much for crediting my site for some of the images!!

  5. Michelle says

    Did you find some of the images on the Graphics Fairy? Having a hard time finding any if them! Very cool project, something I definitely want to do!

    • says

      Hi Michelle! David found some of them on there, but also some in clip art. I’d do searches on Graphics Fairy for Halloween, but also do Google searches for “Free Halloween clip art” and then look in Microsoft Word clip art as well!

    • says

      Hey Michelle,
      Yes, a lot of the images are from the GF and some are from clip art books web site etc.
      But, the fun for me is playing around. So, for instance the bats are from GF and then I layered the bat images on top of the old newspaper and handwriting (you can see them in the pics above).
      Or the Skeletons are from a free clip art site and I added the text that says “join the skeleton dance” and the frame around it.
      Hope that helps.
      David

  6. Angeltuc says

    HI,
    These are so cute!!!! I wanted to ask if you print these with an ink jet printer & if so what do you do about the ink bleeding when you put Mod podge on it?
    Thanks,

  7. Rara says

    Omg!!,love love love these! If you are ever in middle Tennessee, please come craft with me!!!

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