DIY: V-Day Love Blocks

Is it just me, or does the Target dollar section suck you in for at least  15 minutes every time you walk through their doors? That happened to me the other day and somehow I ended up spending like $30 on crap from those 2 little aisles! I called it my inspiration for future projects. 

So, today I'm going to show you how to make this: 


Out of this:

My goal for this project was to pretty much re-create the same block words that I purchased for a dollar, but jazz it up a bit. Also, it was my first experience with felt, spray adhesive and sanding paper so it was good practice for me!

This is what it looked like to start. The first block had 3D letters on it, so I yanked them off with a flat head screw driver.



I started making these blocks during the time that I was experimenting with chalk paint, so I painted one side of each block with pink chalk paint. My original thought was that each side of the block would be a different texture, but then I bought a book of Martha Stewart scrapbook paper and really wanted to use that! In the end, I had one side with chalkboard paint, one with felt, and the rest with paper. 


I just sprayed the adhesive onto the blocks (not on the paper or else it will soak through!) and attached the squares. To make them blend together, I used an X-ACTO knife to get off the extra pieces and sanded the edges so it all blended together. 


Here they are before: 


and after: 


I decorated our dining room table with them next to our engagement picture.






9 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I LOVE this! Going to Pin it if you don't mind. Definitely going to make a stop at my Target dollar section even though I usually steer clear. It always adds an extra $10 to my already ridiculous Target bill!

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  2. I LOVE IT!!!!!

    There's no Target here in Quebec.. and for some reason Wal-Mart doesn't have a dollar section... HOWEVER I always go to the Dollar store.. and just like you.. spend too much! hehe

    Check out my blog too :)
    thediydreamer.blogspot.com

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  3. These are so cute and I love how easy they seem to make.
    I am hosting a Valentine's project link party until 2/14. I would love it if you came and linked these up! http://justusfourashe.blogspot.com/2012/01/xoxo-oh-and-linky-too.html

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  4. SO cute.


    Love for you to share this at JAQS Studio Linky Party:
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/01/made-by-me-16-linky-party-and-features.html

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  5. Absolutely love this! Do you recommend spray adhesive over Mod Podge?
    Desiree @ carsandribbons.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Desiree,

      Thanks for the comment! I prefer spray adhesive because I'm really bad with Modge Podge and everything always wrinkles on me. I recently discovered spray adhesive and it doesn't wrinkle or soak through, so it's my new fave! I'm going to go check out your blog and follow you :)

      Xo. Hilary

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  6. Thanks for the tip! And thanks for becoming a follower!!!

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  7. Love them!!! Thanks for linking them up on my blog and party :) I need to spend more time in the dollar section at Target ;)

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Thank you for stopping by, I love hearing your comments! xo.xo. Hilary

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