Trash to Treasure:  DIY Wood Block Letters

Trash to Treasure: DIY Wood Block Letters




Hey…guess what?

Be “leaf” in yourself…so you won’t “fall” behind.

(did I just hear you groan)

I hope not…because who doesn’t love “acorny” joke.

Even though sometimes they can be kind of “squirrly.”

Okay…okay….I’m done….

….except for this one (hee hee)

Happy almost fall and have a “gourd”eous day. 🙂


It’s trash to treasure day today here on the blog and I’m joining some of my friends for some fun “trashformations.”

And the best part of mine….it came out of the trash.



We had just finished cutting plenty of this for the house and there were extra molding odds and ends.

I saved them from the trash and thought….“I “can” turn them into something.”

And I was right.

Here’s my something that I finally made…..

…sure glad I kept on “truckin’.” 🙂

(total aside:  don’t you love it when the jokes are so bad that you have to underline them)


DIY Wood Block Letters


random pieces of wood molding

random paint colors leftover from projects

glue gun


dad humor



Step 1:  Cut random pieces of molding to different sizes

Perfection is not the goal.

(total aside…I love any project where perfection is not on the list of supplies)


Step 2:  Paint pieces with random paint colors left over from projects

The more random…the better.

If it looks too uniform….the paint isn’t random enough.

Distress random painted pieces of molding with sandpaper.


Step 3:  Hot glue random chip board letters

I chose capital letters and lower case letters.

Then hot glue the letters to the pieces of molding.

(total note to self:  take more pictures of random chip board letters….they look like pieces of art)


You can spell fall or joy or your name or a quote or even a fall  joke.

The skies the limit.

I don’t want to “squash” any ideas you might have.

Total pun intended. 🙂


And now….here’s a little fun.  Each month myself and Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof, Jaime from So Much Better With Age

and a guest host will be post our favorite Trash to Treasure projects.

This month At the Picket Fence is joining us!

Hope you like trash as much as we do!

sassy message board thumbnail

Sassy Message Board

Rain on a Tin Roof


Treasure Box

So Much Better With Age

Trash to Treasure Navy and Brass Lamp Makeover thumbnail

Trash to Treasure Lamp Makeover

At the Picket Fence

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  1. Girlie, you are GENIOUS. (and kinda funny, too) I LOVE this project!!! *pin xo ~Sally

  2. Gotta love garbage, and gotta love autumn. I love your new letters, great way to recycle!
    Debbie 🙂

  3. You know you can really only do “corny” or “acorny” jokes once a year…so you gotta make the most of it! Just like wood scraps…you gotta make the most of them….and you did! Enjoy your weekend! 😉

  4. oh you are just a woot! 🙂

  5. Ah, Miz karianne….you’ve done it again! Love the idea, the look, the recycling, the imagination of it all!
    Now, wouldn’t this be a terrific item for craft shows? And goodness gracious…..Christmas gifts….hmmmm, how inexpensive would that be! Don’t have many leftover wood scraps? Stop by a local building site, or lumber yard/home improvement store, but be sure to ASK before scooping up lumber just lying around. Without permission, it’s technically “theft”…..that would certainly increase the “cost” of making this DIY project!

  6. Love these! I adore block letters and your’s are so cute! Thanks for sharing the great tutorial! Have a great weekend!

  7. Love the wood block letters, they are awesome!

  8. I had to pin ’em.

  9. Love this idea. Im gonna have to go through my garage for pieces of wood. BTW what are those black disc looking things?

  10. I live this! So cute:)may I ask where you find chipboard letters!? I have a whole box of leftover wood and am naming on following your example. Thanks!

  11. Super Cute!!

  12. I “fall” for puns all the time;) Love these! Now I’m off to find some scrap wood.

  13. You are speaking my love language here, Karianne! Trash to treasure? Love it! Tim will pick up stuff on the side of the road but won’t go yardsaling with me. Go figure. I love this project and am totally going to copy you 🙂

    If you ever need a cohost I’d love to join you! Love ‘ya!

  14. You always brighten up my mailbox n me. :0) where do you get the letters? Blessings..

  15. I am working on a FALL sign and was wanting to do something different for lettering instead of the usual ‘paint’ them on. The chipboard letters are perfect…now to hunt some down.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. So cool! I love them! Have an awesome weekend!

  17. Sorry Karianne..You definitely heard me groan…

  18. Ha Ha, Enjoyed your post and creativity. Have a great weekend.

  19. Cute, cute, cute! I love random letters . . . and random pieces of wood . . .

    And it IS a “Gourd -eous” day . . . 😉

  20. Adorable!

  21. Sooo cute, I think I’m going to steal this, now what to spell?!?

  22. Oh, to get inside your head and see where all this comes from! What a “trip” that would be! Love the project!

  23. Loved your humor and your block letters!! Like comments before me….where did you find the letters??

  24. Fun idea, Karianne! I guess it’s time for me to dive face first into Fall decor. (And I have to say, I am absolutely crushing hard on the brass lamp redo from At The Picket Fence.)

  25. So, seriously, they look amazing. Only you could pull something like this off!

  26. I call it “good trash” and I try to find it where-ever I go. Husband is getting used to it now and even looks around for me! I LOVE your block letters – well done – the colours are PERFECT 🙂

  27. When do you do all this stuff? What with all the writing and guest posting and stuff. Crazy girl. I have to say though, I LOVE this idea. Can I steal it for a post? I promise I’ll link to yours. It’s calling to me for a Christmas Project.
    The Other Marian

  28. Those are cute you silly lady.

  29. Hi Karianne, thanks for leaving the sweet comment saying I inspired you? My goodness, you’ve inspired me thousands of times! This is just the best wood project and so…..easy/peasy! I love turning trash into treasure. It’s really cool when I find cool trash on the side of the road and turn it into something awesome! This sounds like a great series and…..I love corny jokes, I’m just not good at telling them.

  30. Karianne,
    Boy, those are cute. Thank you for sharing!

  31. So funny 🙂 And so bad they were almost good!!
    LOVE the letters!

  32. Lordy! How I LOVE THAT!!!



  33. sO cUTE…lOVE tHEM!!!

  34. I just adore all of these projects!

  35. O.K. You just put a big smile on my face – loving all the puns – this craft is adorable and fun – love the fall vignette!
    Hope you have a blessed weekend,

  36. Love these! I’ve got a pile of wood scraps from our recent deck addition and intend on digging into them as soon as the last bits of Summer leave us. These are adorable, KariAnne!

  37. Gosh, I don’t know how you keep all those ideas in your brain, KariAnne. Do you ever sleep? Honestly, you are endlessly creative.

    By the way, I’m having a giveaway on my blog for a gorgeous turquoise necklace. You might like it…it would bring out your eyes! 🙂

    Annie XO

  38. Wow! Looks great. I wish I could think of a pun here, but I have nothing.

  39. Only you could make random wood pieces pin worthy ;). Where did you get the letters?

  40. Just found your blog. Love your ideas and your humor! Letters are fab! But, please tell me, did you make those amazing burlap pumpkins?!? And if so, do tell! =). Thanks!

  41. What a fun series! Can’t wait to see future projects!

  42. ‘Corn’ I tell ya I’m still groaning from your puns? HA! Love the project. Easy enough to tailor for any holiday, feeling or event. I love something that is so simple and foolproof that it becomes Brilliant!

  43. Love your block letters Kari and the lamp shade project is amazing!…

  44. I love, result in I discovered exactly what I had been seeking. You have wrapped up this three working day lengthy hunt! Goodness Many thanks person. Have a pleasant morning. Ok bye