Upcycled 'I Love You' Blocks

I've been looking at my collection of vintage children's blocks for a long time and finally turned three of them into some Valentine's Day decor.  You may remember how I used a few to decorate the Chair Back Shelf, but I've still got more sitting in a box.  It was time to upcycle a few more!
This is how they started:
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Clearly they had been played with - A LOT, so I gave them a quick cleaning and a coat of white craft paint.  
Yes, that's the back of one of the blocks.
Once dried, the white seemed really bright to me, so I added a little linen craft paint to the white. 
It definitely toned it down.
Next, some pink to highlight the letters and edges of the blocks.
Two hearts were cut on my Maker to fit one of the blocks.  
The large one was painted antique gold, the small, pink.
They were glued together and then glued to the center block.
Some pretty silk roses were added in the background.
Then everything was placed on a shelf.
A small bit of decor that will fit in the smallest nook!

If you don't have any vintage wood blocks at your house, new ones are available online or you could modify any cubes you have with some paint and wooden letters.  

What are you making for Valentine's Day? 💕

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  1. What a great idea! Those are just adorable!

  2. Darling! This is a neat idea! Visiting from Senior Salon Pit Stop.

  3. Well, these are just the sweetest and just in time for Valentine's Day! Now, I'm off to check out your maker!!

    1. Thanks, Kim. You know how I love my Maker!

  4. Popping in again to say thanks for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #24 linkup! I'm so glad you did. So cute!

  5. Super creative and so cute.
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  6. Lovely! I have many blocks and have always wanted to paint them! Very nice tutorial.

    1. Thank you, Jeanne. It was a fun way to upcycle some wood blocks!

  7. This is cute Ann, I wish I had the blocks from childhood to create with. I will have to keep an eye out for them in my roaming adventures.

    1. Thanks, Cara. I found these at an estate sale a few years ago and haven't done much with them. I figured it was time!


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