DIY Wood Block Decor

2 Materials
45 Minutes

Creating a beautiful home doesn’t have to be hard; especially, when you add some fun DIY wood block decor! At first glance, you’d never guess the potential these simple and plain wood blocks from Dollar Tree hold! With a little paint, mod podge and decorative napkins you can literally make them for any season!

What you’ll need to make wood block decor

  • Dollar Tree wood blocks (start with wood block of any size really, but these were 2.25 inches)
  • White chalk type paint or acrylic paint (choose a background paint that compliments the colors in your napkins)
  • Mod Podge
  • Decorative Napkins (choose your favorite keeping in mind that if the design has wording you will need to pay close attention to matching it up on the blocks)
  • Sandpaper
  • Baggie or Saran Wrap
  • Heat Gun (optional)
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors

how to make diy wood block decor

Sand the blocks thoroughly removing any rough surfaces and edges that may tear the delicate napkins.

Lay the napkin under the desired blocks and trim down to fit. Set napkin aside.

Apply a coat of paint over the blocks to knock down some of the wood grain that may show through the napkin designs. It’s best that the color compliments the napkin.

Allow to dry thoroughly. Do not rush this part of the process.

Apply a very thin coat of mod podge to the surface of one side of the blocks.

Allow to dry for just a few minutes to come to ‘tack’.

Separate the napkin layers to reveal the top layer only.

Lay the napkin on the desired blocks and gently tap and smooth down using a baggie or saran wrap.

If creating a set of blocks using napkins with words, line up the blocks in the correct order to make sense of the wording.

Trim the blocks away from one another using a sharp edge if using them together for a design.

Sand off the excess napkin from all sides of the wood block.

Apply a thin coat of mod podge to the top of the finished blocks if desired, being cautious not to get them so wet that they tear. (I did not top coat mine)

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easy diy wood block craft

These were super easy to make and turned out so cute! I hope you’ll make a set for your home, too! Using napkins for this DIY means that you can literally make a set of these wood blocks to decorate for every single season. This Valentine’s conversation hearts version was a hit!

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Melanie Ferguson
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