DIY Memory Word Blocks

Word blocks are popping up everywhere this year, from home décor to party planning - you can hardly go anywhere without seeing a popular phrase captured on a wooden block! With a few simple steps, and with very little money, you can create a personalized transfer block to adorn your mantle or dinner table that immortalizes the spirit of your Thanksgiving memories.


Sometimes a picture says a thousand words and sometimes it is the words that mean the most. This Thanksgiving, start the tradition of keeping the words and well wishes spoken at your family table captured and recorded so they can be enjoyed again and again over the coming years.

For this project you will need at least 24 hours from start to finish, but the actual crafting time is under 20 minutes; it is the waiting that amounts for most of the time spent. I opted for a subtle display so I spray painted mine gold, but you can also brush paint them with crafting paint, or go that extra mile by applying craft paper around the sides of the block to give it a decorative finish. Pair this personalized home decor with the DIY fall framed wreath pictured for the perfect touch of seasonal whimsy.

 

Supplies
  • Wooden Block
  • Gel multi-medium
  • Words printed (reverse order) on regular copy paper
  • Foam Brush
  • Squeegee
  • Damp sponge
  • Paint
Directions

Step 1: Paint your block and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Print your phrase or words on regular printer paper so that they are printed in reverse order, and then cut them to fit the block.

Step 3: Apply a thick coat of the gel to the area where you want the words to appear, and then place your copy paper word side down onto the wooden block.

Step 4: Apply a thin coat across the top of the paper and use your fingers to gently press the paper in place.

Step 5: Smooth down the paper and remove any excess gel with a squeegee and then let dry overnight or until it is completely dry.

 

 

Step 6: Use a damp sponge to rub away the paper, until all the paper is removed. It is likely that not all of the paper will be removed but 99% of it will be.

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