Mother’s Day is this weekend! Have you decided how to show her your appreciation and love?! I did! My mother is a professional artist. She creates amazing paintings that inspire others and brighten their homes. For Mother’s Day I wanted to brighten her studio with these art utensil holders. I call them “Creative Blocks.” (Or maybe they should be Creative Unblocks. LOL.)
They were easy and fun to make and certainly a project that you can customize to meet your needs. And best of all, the kiddies can help with the painting step!
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- 2 – 2×4″ scrap blocks of wood
- Carpenter’s Wood Glue
- 2″ wood screws
- 3/8″ drill bit
- Wood putty
- Putty knife
- Sanding block
- Paint brushes
- Painter’s Tape
- Cutting mat
- X-ACTO Knife
- Acrylic paint
- Art palette knive
1. Block assembly: Select two 2×4″ scraps that are the same length. Spread glue on one board and sandwich them together.
Clamp the wood together and drill two small holes to countersink the heads of the screws. Drive two screws into the bottom of the wood to hold the pieces together.
Use a band saw, jig saw or table saw to trim off the rounded edges of the wood so you have a square block of wood with straight corners.
Putty any cracks or holes. Sand until smooth.
2. Creating the mask: Use the computer to print out your words. Lay the print out on top of a strip of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Use a few pieces of tape to secure the corners.
Trace around the words with the Xacto knife (be sure to have a few fresh blades on hand.) Transfer the resulting cut out tape onto the block of wood. Press the edges of the tape mask to secure the tape.
3. Painting the block: Paint a base color onto the block. Then using a brush and/or palette knife dab thick paint over the block (minus the base.) Use the X-acto knife to gently peel off the tape mask. Let the paint dry thoroughly overnight.
4. Drilling Holes: After the paint has dried completely, mark the location of the utensil holes with a pencil. Put a piece of painter’s tape on the drill bit to mark the depth of your holes. Drill holes at each pencil mark.
Wrap up the blocks in gift wrap and enjoy the look of joy as she opens her Creative Block Mother’s Day gift!
You know, as an artist myself, I almost loved these too much to give them away. But, my Mom is worth it. (And I can make another set if I want ;-).)
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