I made this project last year for Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke and thought I would now share it with you! I love Valentine’s Day. Not because I think you should need a holiday to have someone declare their love to you but because my mom always made it a family affair.
In school we always had the Valentine’s Day fundraisers. Kids would send a flower or a candy bar to their friends with a message. But that didn’t really matter to me. I was excited to get home and see what mom had for us. She always set the table with nice dishes, glasses, and fabric napkins. She would get each of us a Valentine’s gift or treat. Mine was always those soft sugar cookies that had as much frosting as cookie! Our gifts were hidden under our napkin. And then for dinner we always had our favorites.
I remember one year I had pretty bad allergies and couldn’t taste my food! So sad!
So that’s where my love for Valentine’s Day came from. We never really had holiday decor growing up but I am pretty excited to decorate for one of my favorite days of the year!
DIY XOXO Blocks
The wood was actually 1×5.5 . I four pieces square (or actually my husband did). I then sanded the edges smooth from the jagged sawing. I also sanded the corners so that they were rounded. I did this to the sides to but you need to be careful and keep a flat edge if you over round your sides your blocks won’t stand up.
I found a font I liked on my computer and printed out an X and an O for tracing. If your wood is soft enough you will be able to trace the letters with an end to a pen or another pointed object. Next I painted the blocks with white paint I already had for my house. Acrylic craft paint works too. You can find them for as low as 65 cents.
Here’s where the fun begins. I took out my new toy and stared at all of the tips that came in my kit. I had no idea which one to pick so I guessed. I thought I would just put the tip on and trace the letters. I figured it will just eat right through the paper if it’s going to carve into the wood anyway! Note to self: read the instructions! I used a tip for stone polishing at first and that didn’t work so well. I eventually read the information about each tip and decided to use a diamond edged tip and a sanding tip.
I used the diamond tip to trace the X’s and O’s, once they were traced I used the sanding tip to take the paint and etch into the wood a little within each letter. I liked the look of the bare wood but the letters didn’t stand out like I wanted.
In the end I decided (with the help of a couple of people I texted) to paint the letters. You will want a small brush if you are painting letters because it can get tiny and detailed depending on the font you choose.
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