At the time I thought I could make something similar but each side of the blocks would have a different Christmas phrase spelled out like "Feliz Navidad" and more. As I thought about the project more, it occured to me that "Merry Christmas" has the same amount of letters as "Happy Halloween" and "Happy 4th of July." Hmm. . . .
What about a set of blocks that adapted to whatever holiday was coming up next? Each side with a different color scheme and lettering applicable to the holiday on hand. Plus it cuts down on storage needs when you have 6 decor pieces in one! My constantly growing collection of holiday storage totes thank me for the idea.
I picked up the value packs of 1" blocks from Michaels which were perfect for my needs - although they seemed a bit on the small side at first, knowing that I would have at least 9 blocks in a row to spell out words like "Christmas," the one-inchers suddenly looked like they could take up a lot of room on the mantlepiece. My back up plan had I not found this value pack was to go to Home Depot and cut wood to size.
The next step was assigning each side a background color - I was very careful in this planning as I wanted to make sure every block was exactly the same (you'll see the effect this has in later photos) so behold: my sophisticated planning tool:
Slowly but surely, all of the sides got painted.
When it came to lettering, I scoured Michaels and really only found one set of letter stickers that seemed to be the perfect size: not too big, not too small, not too 3D (as they had to sit flush against the other blocks no matter which side they were on). I picked up packs in red, white, green and black - thank goodness for the 20% off entire purchase coupon!
For the fall-themed phrase, I wanted to have a darker font color, but not black so I tested out painting some of the letters. What do you know, it worked out perfectly!
Careful application of letters, sourcing of extra stickers and stamps for the extra spaces blocks and a layer of mod podge later and voila!