Tuesday, June 3, 2014

God Bless America Blocks Tutorial

As I was putting up some of my 4th of July decor, I realized... I don't have much!  I was looking for a way to use my Silhouette machine but I wanted a quick and easy project.  I remembered that I made my husband cut me some blocks out of 4x4 wood last year that I hadn't used so I decided to do something with them!  


  • 3 4x4 blocks
  • red, white, and blue spray paint
  • stain (optional)
  • vinyl
  • silhouette machine
  • stars (cardboard, wood, or from vinyl

I already had red and white spray paint so half of my project was already done! 
I started out with spray painting my blocks.  I used Rust-Oleum spray paint in colonial red, white, and sapphire. 

 After they were completely dry, I sanded away until my arm was sore.  I realized I don't have much patience for sanding.  I would've liked to sand off a bit more of the color but I got bored :)

Next I used some stain I had from another project and quickly wiped that on my blocks.  I searched around on the Silhouette store for some inspiration and decided I like the saying "God bless America."  It had some diamond designs by it but I decided to leave those out and keep it simple.  A while back on Pinterest, I saw some blocks that had stars on it (tried to find it again but it's vanished!)  and thought that would be cute on my blocks.  I wanted a 3D effect so I went to my trusty Hobby Lobby and found these cute cardboard stars.  
They were exactly what I was looking for!  So after spray painting them,  I just heated up my glue gun and stuck them on.  They're pretty light weight so I think the glue gun will be enough, but if my 3 year old decides that they look fun to play with, I might be going back with some E6000.
I actually love the way they turned out!  Fun, quick, easy projects are the best!

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  1. I love your blocks project and it doesn't look too difficult either!