Looking for a super simple project for your home or to give as a gift? Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make DIY wood name blocks from molding.
It’s another episode of the handmade gift exchange at our house this year I want to show you what I made and how I made it. We created DIY wood name blocks from molding.
There is always a whole lot of blessing my heart when I tell people that our family exchanges handmade gifts at Christmas.
They smile a little smile
And look at me as if to say…..handmade gifts?
Does anyone really want a handmade gift?
And I smile right back and think…..
….if they only knew.
Because in our family we take our handmade gifts seriously.
The year my brother was on a budget.
He made us all nativity sets from acorns.
Last year my sister created this thistle picture for me…..
…..made up completely from the words of my first three months of blog posts.
The year my brother carved my thistlewood logo into the top of a wine barrel top.
You can see more pictures here on this post.
The year my sister made me a Christmas tree out of silver jar lids.
A handmade present invented by a rock star.
Or the year my sister recreated my book cover.
Into a book cover.
That way I could make any book my book.
Can you see why I smile?
And start my gifts in October…..
…..just to keep up. 🙂
Here’s what I made this year.
DIY wood name blocks for the families on my list.
It’s such an easy project that you can make for anyone and it’s under $10 to make.
(total aside: the price goes down the more you make—but don’t tell them.)
I’m going to be sharing a YouTube video of this project on my channel this week, too.
But for now here are the step-by-step instructions.
DIY wood name blocks made from molding
Step 1: Start with the molding
This is the time to raid your attic.
Or the scratch and dent section of Home Depot.
Did you know they have an entire section of boards just waiting to go home with you that are a little dented? Or warped. Or a little less than.
You don’t need the whole board, so the molding is perfect for a project like this. You want to find different types of molding that all have a solid edge on the bottom so they can stand up.
Here are the four we found.
Step 2: Paint molding
DO NOT OVERTHINK.
You cannot mess this up.
Just slap some old paint you have sitting around. And then add another color on top. The key is that you don’t want to cover the entire piece of molding.
Step 3: Distress
SUPER EASY STEP.
We used a power sander for this.
It makes it so much easier. Just sand the edges and the front of the moldings. If you sand too much off, no worries. You can just add a little more paint to the front.
Step 4: Find letters for your wood name blocks
You can find TONS of letters in the unfinished wood section of Hobby Lobby.
Here’s a link to the ones I found, but there are literally dozens of options.
They come in a bag with about 32 letters, so you’ll have to probably buy one bag for one name.
The bag is $2.99.
Step 5: glue the letters to make wood name blocks
I chose different size moldings cut to different width for my letters.
I like the look of different sizes.
You can replicate that or you can make all your blocks the same size.
Just glue the letter to the block and let dry.
You can layer them on a table like I did here.
You could glue them to another piece of wood.
You can hang them on the wall.
You could frame them in a shadow box.
You could put a frame around them on the wall.
The possibilities are endless.
Handmade gifts are the best.
Bless my heart. 🙂