Today’s Valentine’s Day Craft is insanely easy and can be done in under 5 minutes.
No… seriously… less than 5 minutes.
I timed it.
That includes what it took to go back and tweak the lettering and add little details.
It took me longer to get out all the supplies and set-up my work area then it did to actually do the project.
For a girl that notoriously picks the hardest version of any new craft she takes on, whipping up this little cutie in just a few minutes has me so giddy! Don’t get me wrong… you can choose to make this craft more complicated by cutting and sanding the blocks yourself and maybe even painting them. But for the simplest Valentine’s Day project that you can recreate in under 5 minutes, here’s my version:
Supplies for Valentine’s Day Blocks
Valentine’s Day Blocks
I found these blocks while out shopping for another project and bought them on an impulse. I didn’t know exactly what I would do with them at the time, but I knew that they would be very versatile and I would be able to come up with something. Of course you could make these mini wood blocks yourself, however, I was able to find a pack of 13 for just a few dollars at my local craft store. Buying was so much easier for me than making a trip to the hardware store and then getting the saw out at home.
Again, you can choose to paint these blocks a fun color before lettering, but I opted for the natural grain wood. I really wanted a simple look (similar to a Scrabble tile) and keeping the blocks unpainted worked best to achieve this effect.
Draw one letter on each block and use a heart for the “o”. I went over each letter twice for a thicker line and then added serifs with just one line stroke. An ultra fine point marker is excellent for serifs as well.
Most projects advise to work with the grain of the wood, but I found that the ink had a tendency to bleed along the grain more. Therefore, I would recommend finding the rougher cross grain side for adding your lettering and art.
However, the cross grain will absorb more of the ink resulting in a darker look. So if you work with the grain, just start smaller than you intend to allow for any bleed with the ink.
Also, be sure to let the ink absorb into the wood and dry before drawing on another side of the cube. The ink will be “wet” for a few moments and can transfer to your hands and/or work surface.
Don’t ask me how I know this.
That’s it! Because these markers are permanent, there’s no need to seal them.
Living in a smaller place, I’m really loving simpler décor. This project is also perfect for bringing in a little Valentine’s Day style into your office or cubicle. And because this craft is so quick and simple, you can easily create several sets to give out to all your favorite Gal-entine’s.
What are you decorating with this Valentine’s Day? What is the fastest craft that you like to make? Do you still play with blocks? Share your heartfelt thoughts in the comments below.
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