Make these cute DIY wood block signs for any holiday with basic preschool building blocks. They’re perfectly sized for this easy project.
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You’ve probably seen a reversible wood sign or two by now.
I’ve seen (and admired) them for a while.
Because I’m a 2-for-1 kind of girl. I love clever, efficient, and thrifty.
And when you get two signs from one piece, well that’s…clever, efficient, and thrifty!
Especially when you throw in a thrift store find.
I was on a mission the day I found this little wagon load of baby blocks.
I had a particular project idea in mind and was looking for something that would fit it perfectly. My list landed me in the toy department, and while I was there, these little cuties grabbed my eye.
It seems like it hasn’t been that long since blocks and smiling caterpillars were scattered all over our house. But our baby is 11 now, and I was reminded that it really has been a while. How does time do this?
So these blocks…they’re a perfect example of why I keep that list of hacks tucked in the back of my mind when I shop. Remember the tip to keep an open mind?
When I noticed them I thought they’d make perfect little DIY wood block signs for the upcoming holidays.
Clever, efficient, and thrifty, right? 🙂
(I did, by the way, find the perfect pieces for the project I had in mind, and I’ll share that one soon!)
DIY Wood Block Signs
The set was missing two blocks. I asked but didn’t get a discount.
I needed my not-so-little bargain maker, but at 25, he’s not much of a block builder anymore. Oh, where does the time go?
A few blocks had some dings and dents, but there was plenty just perfect for my project, and I headed to the sander for a sanding party.
I planned to use the smooth sides for the signs and sanded the pictures off easily.
The raised letter sides were another story. I decided to just sand off the paint and smooth them slightly. Since they were going to be on the sides of the signs, it wouldn’t be a problem.
After all the vibrant colors were gone, I covered all the blocks with white chalk paint. I planned to distress the edges, so a single coat was enough.
For the first side, I designed a Thanksgiving message and added a couple of crisp fall leaves.
And if you need some stencil tips, Stencil Art: How to Get a Flawless Transfer Every Time has them.
Christmas DIY Wood Block Sign
And for the other side, I chose one of my favorite Christmas phrases – a constant reminder that the world can know joy because of Jesus!
This sign has more letters than the first, so a few of them only play single-duty. I’ll show you below how they work together.
I used very fine-grit sandpaper to rough up the edges and some of the letters a little. Just enough to make them look a bit worn and comfortable.
All set for Thanksgiving.
The leaves are my favorite.
I layered a few fall colors to try to capture the look of those prettiest leaves that are in transition from summer to fall.
I love those!
Fast forward a few weeks to Christmas and a pile of fake snow.
Because fake is more reliable here than real snow, sadly.
Spoken like a true Southerner who has no experience with the “not so pretty” side of snow, right? 🙂
I love the trees.
And the cute little shy deer.
These DIY wood block signs are so much fun.
They sat on the table for over a week after I made them and my kids kept rearranging them into different patterns.
First the trees on top.
Then the deer on top.
And sometimes the star.
But this was my favorite way to arrange them. For now.
And when you turn them around you can’t miss the best part about these DIY wood block signs: clever, efficient, and thrifty! 🙂