Sunday, December 16, 2012

How to: Winter Scene Blocks

Have you ever used DecoArt's Snow-Tex before? It's a dimensional paste that looks similar to stucco. You can apply it to wood, glass, clay, paper mache and styrofoam to name a few. It can even be tinted! We used it to add "snow" to the tops of our wood blocks for this project.

  • Six wooden blocks - varied widths and heights
  • Vinyl letters that spell "Winter" to fit blocks
  • Acrylic craft paint - we used Platinum from Ceramcoat
  • Craft acrylic gloss varnish - optional
  • Mod Podge
  • Snow-Tex from DecoArt (and putty knife or popscile stick)
  • Six bottle brush trees in various sizes
  • Three (or more) plastic miniature deer
  • Winter themed patterned papers
  • Paper Trimmer, scissors or craft knife and straight-edge
  • Mini snowflake buttons, stickers or dimensional embellishment and adhesive - optional
  • Craft Mat - optional
  • Craft Brushes, at least two

  1. Start by painting the wooden blocks in your preferred color. Let them dry completely.
  2. Measure each block and cut paper to fit the front of each block. You can choose to cover all sides of the blocks or just the front.
  3. Using Mod Podge, adhere the paper to the side(s) of the blocks and let them dry. Seal the blocks with one final top-coat of Mod Podge.
  4. Apply a layer of Gloss Varnish to the blocks (optional) and let dry.
  5. Apply each of the vinyl letters to the fronts of each block.
  6. If you are using snowflake embellishments, place those around the vinyl letters. We painted our snoflakes silver with an opaque paint pen.
  7. Using a putty-knife or popscicle stick, spread the Show-Tex onto the tops of the blocks. We like to think of it as adding frosting.
  8. While the Snow-Tex is still wet, set the bottle-brush trees into the "snow" and spread more Snow-Tex around the tree bases. Place your deer in the snow as well.
  9. Let your blocks dry completely.

Our friends over at our Bonney Lake location just posted a great tutorial for dying bottle-brush trees. Wouldn't this project be fun to do in a Candy Land theme?

Dying Bottle Brush Trees - cute!

Find more project tutorials on our website!

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