Looking for an easy and versatile craft that is good for almost any occasion? These DIY wood block letters are fun, simple and fast to create.

How to make your own 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.

I’ll be here all week.

And now? Enough joking around.

Here’s how to make these wood block letters.

Make your own wood block letters


This is one of my favorite “trasformations.” I love creating trash out of treasure.

And the best part of this project?

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)

How to make your own wood block letters

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 then the paint isn’t random enough.

Distress random painted pieces of molding with sandpaper.

Step 3:  Hot glue random chipboard 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 chipboard 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 sky’s the limit.

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

Total pun intended. 🙂

wood block letters pic

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  1. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    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! ;)

  2. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    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!

  3. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

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

  4. Image for Libby Libby

    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!

  5. Image for Marty Walden Marty Walden

    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!

  6. Image for Regina Regina

    Cute, cute, cute! I love random letters . . . and random pieces of wood . . . And it IS a "Gourd -eous" day . . . ;)

  7. Image for Norma Jean Norma Jean

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

  8. Image for Miss Charming Miss Charming

    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.)

  9. Image for Petra Petra

    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 :-)

  10. Image for Marian@ Gathering Branches Marian@ Gathering Branches

    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

  11. Image for Sandy Sandy

    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.

  12. Image for Kathy Kathy

    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, Kathy

  13. Image for Jona@bohowillow Jona@bohowillow

    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!

  14. Image for annie @ annie hearts annie @ annie hearts

    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! :) https://anniehearts.com/blog/giveaways/giveaway-turquoise-necklace Annie XO

  15. Image for Paula Doss Paula Doss

    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!

  16. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    '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!

  17. Image for architecture history architecture history

    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

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