Maybe Matilda: Merry and Bright Blocks (Dare to Deck the Halls)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Merry and Bright Blocks (Dare to Deck the Halls)

Here we are at our final week of Dare to DIY 2014! This week’s theme is Dare to Deck the Halls--make sure to hop over to Newly Woodwards today to share YOUR handmade holiday décor, and visit cohosts Décor and the Dog and Shift Ctrl Art to see their projects, too!

I always start the Christmas season with all sorts of grand decorating ideas. And every year, reality sets in before I even take a single step forward, and I realize I don’t have the time or the money or the energy to make all my big dreams happen. So we generally keep things pretty simple around here for Christmas. That works fine for me.

A week or two ago, my sister Bekah and I got together to do some Christmas crafts (thankfully, it went better than our Halloween craft day). We each did a spin on a ‘merry & bright’ decoration. Bekah’s project actually came out way, way cuter than mine, but I don’t have pictures of hers, so you’re stuck with my version of merry & bright today. I’ll see if I can take some pictures of her sign to show you this week. It’s adorable.

Gold and White Merry and Bright stacking blocks

I found these two pieces of scrap wood in my garage, and thought they’d work perfectly to recreate this pin. I wanted to include a some gold in my Christmas decorating this year, so I started by painting one block white, and spray painting the other gold.

Gold and White 'Merry & Bright' stacking block sign

I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut the words out of vinyl, then transferred them to my blocks to use as a template. I used the gold spray paint to fill in the word ‘merry’ on the white block, and sponged white paint over the word ‘bright’ on my gold block.

Gold and White 'Merry & Bright' stacking block sign

After letting them dry (probably not long enough, actually—I suffer from a serious lack of craft patience), I went over them lightly with some sandpaper to give them a vintage look. And to hide the spots where I messed up. Distressing does wonders for hiding craft oopsies.

It adds a little glitz to my shelves for Christmas. Merry and bright, indeed.

Gold and White 'Merry & Bright' stacking block sign

Stone fireplace painted white, dressed up for Christmas.

Can’t wait to see what YOU made this year to deck your halls! Hop over to Newly Woodwards and add your project to the linkup!

Dare to Deck The Halls

Christmas Tree Wall Art by NewlyWoodwards // Merry & Bright Blocks by Maybe Matilda
Christmas Trees Sign by Décor and the Dog // DIY Mini Tree by Shift Ctrl Art

16 comments :

  1. I feel like Silhouette should sponsor Dare to DIY.


    These are adorable. I'm totally with you on the craft patience thing. JUST DRY ALREADY!

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  2. Ha! Seriously. Let's bring them on board for next year.

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  3. Love the color choice and I'm with Michelle, they should also offer everyone who Dares to DIY a free Silhouette, it's only fair!

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  4. Love the font you used! And of course the gold!!

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  5. I used to see patterns for crochet tampons on Pinterest. Meant to be washed and reused :s

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  6. At first glimpse the apple sweater seems ridiculous, but as a commuter protecting whole fruit in my bag on the way to work is an ongoing issue. As embarrassed as I am to admit it, I may have to make one!

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  7. What a great touch of gold and white to your shelves Rachel. Love it. That font is perfect for it too. Like you I think they should invent insta-dry paint already.

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  8. The tip about distressing is quite brilliant, I should take it to heart.


    These are completely adorable, I am loving gold decorations this Christmas!

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  9. Thanks Jess! I hope distressing never goes out of style--it's the only way I get away with having so many mess-ups ;-)

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  10. Whoever invents insta-dry paint will be a rich, rich woman.

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  11. Ha! I guess I never realized they had an actual purpose--now that I know they could be functional, they don't seem quite so silly ;-)

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  12. LOVE this! So simple but makes a huge impact. I have some scrap wood too that would be perfect for this project!

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  13. Thank you! I'm all for simple projects :-)

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