How to make Vintage Christmas Blocks

I’ve always liked blocks…

And I especially love Christmas blocks.

 

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I think this block appreciation started when I was a small child.

I had a set of 16 blocks that had a different picture on every face of the block… when turned over they could create 6 different fairy tale pictures.

Since then, I’ve had many different sets of blocks in my home.

 

This year I’ve made a set of vintage style Christmas blocks to sit on my open shelves.

 

Shabby Art Boutique - vintage blocks

 

This is such an easy and inexpensive project that even the kids could make it once the blocks are cut.

Here’s how I made mine:

Open the download from HERE.

Print designs on A4 matt photo paper. I use 100gram paper weight, which is  similar to normal printer paper. It’s the perfect weight for crafting projects.

 

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I cut my blocks from a length of 7mm square DAR pine. You could use a hand saw, jigsaw, band saw or circular saw to cut your blocks at 7 cm intervals.

After sanding all my blocks smooth, I painted the edges of my blocks with white paint – just the area that will extend past the printable – about 3mm.

 

Cut out your vintage panels and adhere to the faces of the blocks using a white glue eg. Mod Podge, PVA, Elmer’s Glue. For decoupage projects, I add a little water to my white glue to make it flow more easily. Add glue to both the block face and the back of your printed panels… this allows you to move the piece around into the right position. Use a squeegee or the edge of a credit card to smooth the surface and remove any air bubbles. Wipe away any excess glue.

Continue this process until all 6 faces of each block has a printed panel on them.

Seal blocks with a sealer ie. Mod Podge, Decoupage paste, spray sealer etc.

After the blocks were assembled and sealed, I added a little German Glass Glitter to some of my images by dabbing on some white glue and then sprinkling the glitter over it.

 

It’s a small and easy project, but one that can add a vintage touch to your holiday vignettes. I’ll be sharing how I used mine in my Christmas Home Tour in December.

You may also like my other Christmas block project… tutorial is HERE.

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Happy Christmas crafting,

Kerryanne

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Comments

  1. Thanks Kerryanne for the free printables. I look forward to making my blocks for Christmas. xo

  2. gorgeous!1 I think I might have my daughter make a set for her art teacher (I’ll make one for home 🙂

  3. These are lovely Kerryanne. I am quickly coming to the conclusion that I need more shelves in my home so that I can display all these super things.
    Toni xx

  4. Hi Kerryanne! The blocks are so beautiful! I also like the believe ones! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations with us, as well as the downloads! Blessings from Bama!

  5. Carolyn Hawkins says:

    Wonderful idea, thank you for sharing…

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  7. Merci beaucoup NOEL cela serait super !! Belle soirée

  8. Elise Keel says:

    Thank you for these lovely free printables. A shabby chic cottage in Scotland is going to be beautifully decorated this year thanks to your inspirational ideas!!

  9. Thank you for sharing your beautiful blocks and the directions! My 2 grandchildren (11 and 12) may want to help me with these!

  10. hi there. I love the block but when I click on download, I’m getting downloads but nothing with the downloads to print.

    • Hi Dorene,
      The download page that opens for you is a ‘Simply Christmas’ project page on my Boutique website that contains all the .pdf printable files. Scroll down until you see ‘Download Vintage blocks’ and click on the link to open the pdf file. you can then wither save to your computer or print it straight from the webpage. I hope that helps… if not, please feel free to email me. 🙂

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