This kit (from FabDecor) comes with 2X4 blocks and vinyl. If you want to cut it yourself, you will need 3 1/2", 4" and 8" lengths of wood. The blocks in the kit come already sanded- a HUGE plus in my book. :)
In addition to the Thanksgiving vinyl, you also get a generic Fall saying- which extends the life of this fun piece by quite a bit- I plan on leaving it out now. ;) Because of the colors of the vinyl I received, I did end up painting each side of the blocks the same color, but you could easily change it with this finishing technique.
Instead of painting the entire block a solid color, I only painted the center of each block. Once the paint was dry, I sanded down the edges so the lines between the paint and wood would look softer and more blurred. Wipe down the blocks with a rag after sanding to remove any dust, then stain the entire block with your stain of choice. I used an antiquing medium (found near the craft paint in most craft stores) but you could also use stain from the hardware store. I wiped it on, then quickly wiped it back off with a damp rag because I didn't want it too dark. I love the casual feel of the blocks finished this way.
I finished mine off with an organza bow, but you could use tulle, ribbon, raffia or anything else to embellish your blocks. You can see how Melissa (owner of FabDecor) finished her blocks here. I think they're beautiful too!
These projects have been wonderful because while I have been desperate to get crafting, my time is severely limited by my darling 7 week old baby. A kit like this gives me enough room to be creative, without requiring tons of time from me- a perfect fit for this moment in my life.
I hope you're having a wonderful week! I'm reveling in the transition from summer to fall and drinking up lots of newborn snuggle time. :)
We'll see you soon.