I had these blocks collecting dust on what has turned into my craft/ flea market storage shelf.
I always envisioned them as some sort of wall art, but hadn’t gone any further than that with my DIY imagination. I had a shadow box from Jo-Anns already but they’re in the $10-20 range (and obviously less if you go in armed with coupons). There weren’t enough blocks to fill the shadow box so onto Plan B.
Consider this a therapeutic crafting free association game. Any surprise that this was the first word I made with my random blocks?
But I had so many other blocks and I wanted to build on this. Buckle up your Scrabble pants… you’re going to need them! My subconscious took care of this project for me and I arrived at this layout. Stay-At-Home-Mom much?
For the background, I tested out a few different fabrics and patterned paper. I loved the patterns, but they were too much for the blocks so I chose the neutral (painters drop cloth).
Because the blocks were going to be glued onto the fabric, I wanted to make sure the fabric was stuck onto the shadow box good and strong. I carefully spread a thin layer of tacky glue to cardboard backing of the frame, trimmed any stray threads and made sure the fabric was smooth without any wrinkles. (Unlike smooth WITH wrinkles. Oye.)
To add a hint of interest, I also glued some of this lovely blue velvet ribbon (snagged at the flea) around the border.
With a right angle ruler, I made sure the blocks were straight and glued them down with a hot glue gun last.
It sits right under our stairs for the moment, but art in this house tends to be pretty fickle so it will probably have a new home next month. I love how easy it was to turn my dinky flea market finds into this funky and fun piece of art! This could work with lots of things too: computer keys… scrabble tiles…vintage book letters…type writer keys…
Doesn’t it feel good to finish something you’ve been sitting on for months? Any good crafts or projects you tackled this long weekend?!
Sidenote: For those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram, I posted a link to this post I wrote last year on MLK Day. A little more serious than the normal arts and crafts around here, but important stuff.
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