Here's what I ended up with:
Supplies You'll Need:
Black spray paint
Coordinating scrap book paper
A belt-sander (you can use sandpaper but it's MUCH easier if you can use an electric sander of some sort!)
Write out the name you'd like to make in advance and decide what size blocks you want for each letter.
Cut the 2x4's to 4, 5, & 6 inch pieces to match what you need for the name.
Using a sander, sand the cut edges and round the corners a bit
Spray paint letters black (or whatever color you want). You may need two or three coats to cover the wood.
Once letters are fully dry, cut scrapbook paper to fit the blocks and mod-podge on.
Using a Cricut or Silhoutte machine (oh, the projects I would do if I owned one of these machines!) cut the letters for the name and mod-podge over the scrapbook paper.
After I had made all my gifts-I finished them just in time to ship them out for Christmas and the shipping cost nearly three times what I spent to make the blocks-I made my name and decided to make the letters double sided. I put the same letter on both sides but used different designs for the letters and different color scrapbook paper. With this method, I can turn the letters around and have different "themes" with the same four blocks. See what I mean?
|Red and Green. Our Christmas Theme|
|Red, White and Blue. 4th of July theme|
|Red, blue, and tan. General theme.|
|A Blue theme|
|Another July theme.|
|Notice the different "a" in this photo from the one below?|
|Mix & Match. Lots of options!|
The original tutorial I used can be found here on A Thrifty Mom's blog. I made a few changes as you can see. I tried using a stamp pad to ink the edges...totally didn't work and I found it to be an unnecessary step. Also skipped putting felt on the bottom. These blocks are not rough and won't scratch the surface of whatever they're on. Again, an unnecessary step that is an extra expense.
I hope some of you attempt your own name blocks, either for yourself or as a gift. If you do, I'd love to see the finished product! This could also be a cute way to do a child's first name for their room using paint and paper colors that match their room. The possibilities are endless!