Wood Block Conversation Hearts

I was wanting to find some fun home decor crafts in honor of Valentine’s Day. When I started searching through Pinterest I couldn’t find anything that I really liked. Everything seemed to look like child crafts or even a bit cheese-y. There were many wreath choices but I was wanting something for home decor. After some thinking I had the idea to paint wood blocks to resemble conversation hearts. The result turned out great!

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

Last year my Aunt gave me a box of these fun little wooden blocks. I probably have a couple hundred of them. I’ve been stumped about what to use them for so I was excited for this Valentine’s craft.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

I picked out 6 different pastel, light colored acrylic craft paints. I googled conversation hearts and tried to match the paint with the hearts as best I could.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

I used a sponge brush to paint and I did this process slowly. Start with 3 sides and paint a thin layer. After it dries in a couple of minutes add another thin layer. This takes a little bit more time but it will help you avoid getting globs of paint along the edges. Then repeat on the other 3 sides of the block.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

On my Silhouette I created a file by making squares the same size as the blocks then added text in the middle that were also on candy conversation hearts.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor craft!

I love my Cameo.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

Carefully weed the vinyl and place each square vinyl on one face of the blocks.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

This next part is a new trick I learned. Instead of painting over the vinyl stencil right away take an extra step and paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the stencil first. This seals the stencil so the paint won’t seep through the vinyl and smear under the edges.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

Let the Mod Podge dry for a few minutes then take a flat sponge brush and dab the paint over the top. Just like the first step, just do one thin coat at a time.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

Let it dry a little bit then peel off the vinyl. It came out PERFECT!

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

Here are more of the blocks after taking off the vinyl. With a steady hand I had to weed out the middle of some of the letters with one of my vinyl tools but this wasn’t too hard. I had a little system going, while one Mod Podge was drying I painted another bock with paint and was peeling the vinyl off of another.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

Here are all of the blocks completed. Ahhh I’m in love!

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

They are so adorable. I love how the paint isn’t perfectly even since most of the words on the actual candy hearts aren’t either.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

I am shocked I haven’t seen these anywhere else but I think they would add a nice touch to any home decor in honor of Valentine’s Day.

{Texas Craft House} Wood Block Conversation Heart made with a Silhouette Cameo and using vinyl as a paint stencil. Great idea for a Valentine's home decor

These make me smile! They were fun and the Silhouette made it so easy. I loved learning the new Mod Podge trick and will use that for any stenciling projects from now on.

How do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?

{Texas Craft House} Cassie

 

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