Monday, March 29, 2010

And the bunny symbolizes . . . ??

The Easter bunny is bigger than life these days, because, duh--he brings CANDY! Unfortunately, this can easily overshadow anything religious that we are celebrating for Easter. I've got plenty of bunnies, so I decided this would be the year for something that teaches the meaning of Easter.

I love the wooden blocks and have used them for numerous crafts. This is no exception. I downloaded, resized and printed pictures from The Friend magazine and from LDS Gospel Art. I actually prefered the LDS Gospel Art because they clearly state that the pictures can be downloaded so I know I can use them and don't have to worry about copyright infringement. And these pictures were perfect for what I wanted.


Wood block (mine was cut from a 4x4 post)
router or sand paper
paper cutter
Mod Podge
craft paint

Step 1: Cut your block square and round off edges and corners with a router or sand paper. Mine was pretty beat up and that worked for me.

Step 2: Paint generous edges, but don't worry about the middle sections since they will be covered with pictures anyhow.

Step 3: Use your paper cutter to cut your pictures neatly and mount onto cardstock.

Step 4: Use Mod Podge to stick the mounted pictures to the block. Smooth out any bubbles and be sure edges are completely flat. Let dry completely.

Step 5: Cover the entire block and pictures with 1-2 coats of Mod Podge letting it dry completely in between coats. I like to cover 3 sides and let them dry before I work on the next 3 just to be sure I cover everything. I also have a dry side to set on my counter while the others are drying.

In a nutshell:

That's it. 1-2-3 and you are done!
Don't you think this would work great for any "story" you would like to tell?
It would also make a great Nativity block which would also make a great gift!
 Did you see the Christmas Linky page on she wears flowers--don't forget to link up your great gift ideas for everyone to see and get started on.

Don't miss the soft block version and then the soft book coming up in posts later this week.


Nancy,  said... March 29, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

What a great way to teach young ones about Easter. My kids love to look at pictures. This would be a perfect way to teach them what Easter is REALLY about!!!
Great Idea!!!!

Danielle,  said... March 30, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

What a great idea. I think this would be an awesome Mother's Day gift (with photos of her kids) as well.

I was blog surfing and came across your page. I love it!

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