DIY "gather" Letter Blocks

Updated 9.17.20
DIY "gather" Letter Blocks

These little blocks were so fun to make!

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It felt like the wood box I made for the console was lacking a bit.... so, I thought some little letter blocks spelling out 'gather' would be just right.  They were super easy to make.

plain wood box on console

I used a piece of 2x4 scrap.  It doesn't look like much yet, but just wait.

2x4 scrap for blocks

The TV box is about 4" tall, so I figured a 3"x3" block would look best.

Cutting 3x3 blocks with miter saw

First, I cut the 2x4 into 3"pieces.  Then, because a 2x4 is actually a 1½ x 3½, I needed to trim off ½" to make it 3" square.

If you notice the edges of a 2x4 are more rounded.  I want them more square, so I cut ¼" off of each rounded side.

They came out so good!

Unfinished 3x3 wood blocks

I sanded them with 100 grit sandpaper, then stained them with Minwax Provincial Stain.

Staining letter blocks

I love the contrast of the blocks against the wood of the TV box.

Stained letter blocks

This method of tracing the letters onto wood is something I've done over and over.  It's easy and it works!

Just print up your letters on the computer.  Cut them out and line up, centering them on the blocks.

printed letters on wood blocks

The tracing part is easy!  Go over the back of the letter with white chalk.  Tape it to the wood block, centering it.  Then, trace over the letter with a ballpoint pen.  The letter will transfer onto the wood.

Tracing letters onto wood blocks

Lastly, the letters just need to be painted.  When I did these letters, I was still painting them with a super tiny paint brush.  Which would require 3 coats. 

Today, I would use a paint pen.  They are extremely easy to work with and I almost always only have to do one coat.

'Gather' letter blocks finished

Aren't they cute?  Super easy! Super  quick!!

DIY "gather" Letter Blocks

Blessings!!

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