Wooden Candy Corn Accents

We're making progress on the grape arbor/gazebo, recycled brick path and patio AND a laundry room makeover and in between those bigger DIY projects, I'm having fun with some stress-free easy DIY. I just saw the cutest little candy corn bean bags somewhere which inspired this project...a scrap wood version. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

Materials:
  • Scrap 1 x 6 wood
  • FrogTape®
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft paint
I used the miter saw to cut three triangle shapes from my scrap wood, then sanded the edges. DIY Halloween craft Candy Corn Fact: My DIY version goes from orange to yellow to white but the official candy corn striping starts with yellow on the bottom, orange in the middle and white on top.  I taped off each section using FrogTape®, rubbing my thumbnail along the edge of the tape. I started at the bottom with orange craft paint. After I applied a second coat, I removed the FrogTape®. Let dry and move on to the middle yellow section following the same steps, finishing with white craft paint on the pointy part of the triangle.  Allow drying time between each color. 
DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

Optional: seal with a protective clear coat. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

Aren't they cute? DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces I think these would make a great fall hostess gift tied up with ribbon.

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

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Distressed Vintage-Looking Alphabet Blocks by ThistleWood Farms

I am so excited to have Karianne from 

visiting today. You may know her recently as one of the hostesses from the fun "Imagine the Possibilities 2012 Challenge" and her beautiful cottage bathroom makeover {it's Pinterest Popular recently!}, a finalist in the WhisperWood Cottage First Project of 2012 Contest and a beautiful inspiration (see the bathroom reveal here). I love her style and she's very sweet too...so if you're not friends, hop over and introduce yourself.

Today, Kari is sharing a super cute tutorial for Distressed Vintage-Looking Alphabet Blocks. I love these. Here she is:

Project Details:
  • Scraps of left over wood free
  • Sample paint left over from projects free
  • Hot glue gun free
  • Scrabble tiles $1.00 at yard sale
  • Chip board letters from Hobby Lobby $1.99
  • Little bits of worn chippy typography for the hallway priceless

Step 1: Go to your workroom/garage/craft room and find the wood left over from projects. I used pieces of molding from other projects and scraps of wood that were just piled in the workshop.

Step 2: Cut wood into squares or rectangles or perhaps an octagon or two if you are feeling especially adventurous. These blocks are 2"x 2" and 3"x 5" and 3 1/4"x 2 1/4" and 5 1/4" x 4 1/4."

Step 3: Paint the leftover wood. Leftover paint is the best. I used SW 7045 Intellectual Grey, SW 7015 Repose Grey and SW 7046 Anonymous. These were the sample cans I used to test out colors in my dining room. Yep. Leftover wall paint at its finest. Step 4: Distress. Distress as much or as little as you like. You can see....I like a lot. I was going for the "wood left out over winter in the rain look."

Step 5: Paint your alphabet.

I bought these chip board letters at Hobby Lobby (for 50% off in the scrapbooking section) in a variety of sizes and fonts. And I painted them using the same leftover paint. On my dining room table. On what used to be my dining room curtains….. …but that’s a post for another day.

Step 6: Hot glue your letters to your painted and distressed wood.

Or you can hot glue them to your really, really painted and distressed wood.

You can also glue scrabble tiles to the wood to mix it up a little. That's it. Here are the letters in my PB knock-off/used to be an advent calendar/typography holder.

I love this project. It met my requirements. Easy. Check. Cheap. Check. Good use of my dining room curtains. Check. 🙂 Thanks for joining me on my journey through the alphabet. If you want to hear a funny story about this project, stop by my blog....thistlewood farm. And lastly, a big shout out to Roeshel for letting me post about my little bits of chippy, painted typography. She is a true rockstar and diy diva.

DIY Project Parade ~ Wood block accent tutorial

Once upon a time at Hobby Lobby, I saw a chunk of wood. It was black with white "No. 1" and distressed and I wanted it, but then the thrifty DIY girl in me decided - "I can make that from scrap wood easily"! AND make it to look however I want and so my DIY brain got to thinking and this is what I came up with...

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