Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DIY Halloween Wooden Blocks

Halloween is coming...and we love to decorate for Halloween.  My husband loves the scarier, cooler things, and I love the fun, kid friendly things.  I was looking for something to add to my Fall mantel and had some scrap wood left over from my newborn baby block projects.  And this is what came of it.  Below are step by step instructions on how you too can make these fun blocks.  

Here is all you need to create this:

  • 2x4 wood
  • Table saw
  • Router with 1/8th in bit
  • Sander or sanding block (80 grit and 220 grit sandpaper)
  • Carving tool (Not a must, but helps)
  • Paint (I used Acrylic Orange, Green, Purple, & White)
  • Clear Coat Gloss finish


1.  First draw or trace your image on your uncut board.  (I use carbon paper to place my printed image onto the board). 

I hand drew the pumpkin from looking at another image.  But here is the art work for the Happy Halloween and Boo.  (Feel free to save the 3 images below and use as your graphic template.)  I usually create in word and print the size I need, sometimes that takes a little trial and error!

2.  Next step is to carve your image with 1/8th inch bit in your router.  This takes a steady hand and a realization that you may not be about to carve every line exact, but creativity to know when to alter as you carve.  (I promise it isn't that hard!)

(NOTE: I do carve them before I cut the wood.  I do this to give me lots of room to clamp the wood down to my carving table.  I then use a table saw to cut to the correct length.)

3.  Next I sand everything smooth.  I use my DeWalt sander and start with 80 grit sandpaper and after that knocks off all the rough edges, I move to a 220 grit fine sandpaper to really give the tops a smooth edge.  

4.  Below is the unpainted finished product.  I am willing to create to this step for anyone who don't have the tools to do it yourself.  These three Halloween blocks would cost $25 unfinished (shipping included to continental US).  If you are interested in getting a set like this just email me.

5.  Next step if you are going to paint them is to clean up the rough edges down into the carved part....mostly it's loose shavings from the sanding that need to be cleaned out, so that the paint can get into the grooves.  

6.  Next I do what I call the messy painting stage.  I don't really take too much time on this, just get paint down in the carved grooves.  I try to pick a color that will compliment my top color well.  Know that any color you get on the top of the block will be sanded off after the paint dries.  
7.  Once all the carved grooves are painted go back to your sander and sand all the extra paint off of the top of the blocks.

8.  Next I painted the rest of the block in complimenting color.  

9.  Once this is done, I put an edge all the way around blocks with the sander to create a boarder and give them a more rustic feel.  

10.  Last step is the spray with clear coat.  I use a Minwax fast drying gloss clear.  It works great....and I can usually get 1/2 done and dry in one day.  The spray other 1/2 and let dry over night.  

Above you can see my blocks drying.  Along with the Halloween blocks are some of my Baby Blocks that I create for a friend to give as gifts for each baby born in her unit.  

These were fun and easy to create.  I promise not too hard to make either.  Anyone can do it.  

I hope you liked this project.  Be sure to check out our Halloween Graveyard signs too.

Happy Haunting.  For more Halloween decorating ideas, check out my Pinterest Board for other links.  

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  1. These are so cute and I love your baby blocks too! You are very talented, I've always wanted to be able to that kind of wood work. Thanks so much for sharing this project at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday Link Party, you have been chosen as one of the top 5 featured posts at tomorrows party.
    Have a lovely evening!
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.

    1. Thanks Maria!!! You are too sweet! I'll be sure to stop by and check them out!
      Pam :)

  2. I'm visiting from Krafty Cards. These are really cute, and I'm pinning it for later!
    ~Erin @ Erin’s 2 Cents

  3. These are so cute!! Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing them at the Halloween Blog Hop- I will be sharing them on my facebook page this weekend!!

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  7. So creative. I think my kids will love this. I'll pin this for the next Halloween then try to make some. thanks!

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