The other day, my daughter and I went shopping at some fun, little antique stores for the One Room Challenge project we’ve got goin’ on over here. I saw these blocks of wood with cute patterns and clips on them. They were selling for $20…
I thought… I could make those for about $1-2. Despite not being the most crafty person around, even I could handle this one. As I thought about what I would do with this adorable little woodblock, I came up with multiple uses, so I made 3.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Block of wood (You can choose any size depending on what you want to use it for, but you do need it thick enough so it will stand up- unless you want to use a stand for it).
- Paint (I just used some leftover paint we had sitting around)
- Scrapbook Paper
- Mod Podge
- Embellishments: Letters, Buttons, Washi Tape, Etc.
- Clips, Magnets, Cloth Pins, Etc.
Start by cutting the wood to your preferred size, and sand it. Apply two coats of paint to cover the block- obviously you can apply another coat of paint if the first two coats are not sufficient. Allow the paint to dry completely.
Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to the size of your block and adhere the paper to the block with Mod Podge.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper as well to give it a little more durability. Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.
Apply a clip to your board. There are multiple options you can use for clips. I chose to use a binder clip for two of my blocks and magnets for the other one. Another thought would be to use a clothes pin- they have some very cute ones in all colors and sizes at Michael’s.
I simply used a screw with a bigger head on it and screwed that into the wood to secure the binder clip.
For the magnets, I super-glued a small magnet to the woodblock and then used decorated magnets I already had to secure my items. (You can find the tutorial for the magnets here).
Now you can go ahead and add any type of embellishments you want, or you can just leave it as is.
In the end I made these three:
I am always looking at recipe cards, and even though you’d think they would stay put, I always seem to move them around the kitchen while I cook, and I lose them. I thought this would be a perfect way to keep them in one place. I allowed room for two recipe cards to fit on the block, so I could refer to more than one recipe at a time. I decided to use the magnets to hold the recipe cards in place.
To Do List Holder
Since I started blogging 2 months ago, I sometimes get a little too engrossed in the blogging world and all of the sudden it’s 2:00 in the afternoon, and I still have laundry to do and errands to run and bills to pay. I find it helpful to make a “To Do List” of the things I want to accomplish around the house each day. I thought this would be perfect to keep in the office by the computer as a reminder of things that need to get done, and encourage me to break from blog land and be productive in other ways too.
I may have some sort of problem with buying and returning things, but I will buy 5 of the same item just to try it out in a space, knowing full well that 4 of them are getting returned (5 if they all aren’t right). Here’s the deal though, I need to have my receipt in order to return the items, and half the time I spend an hour trying to find the right receipt. I thought, “Let’s just make one more of these lovely little holders so it can keep all my “return receipts” in one place”. I can keep it by the door so I remember to take them when I go to make the return.
You, of course, could probably come up with a million more uses for something like this. Have you got a good one? I’d love to hear about it! Please leave a comment below.
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