Monday, October 10, 2011

HTTC - Boo! Blocks

Hi everybody!  My name is Janet and I blog at Today's Fabulous Finds where I mostly share free printables, craft and home decor ideas, and feature other crafters that I, you guessed it, 'find fabulous'. :)  I'm excited to have been invited to take part in the Howl-oween Tricks and Treats Craftathon here at Rhinestone Beagle.  I don't have a dog to include in my photos, but I did find a little creepy crawler!  Yikes!
Today I'm going to show you how to make these fun little Boo! Halloween Blocks.  They are small in size and all together only measure 3"x 6".  This is a great size for small spaces like a window sill or a book case, although you could make a larger set and use 2x4's too.
Boo!Halloween Blocks
Supplies Needed
10 to 10 1/2" length of 1 1/2" wide primed mdf (Buy a 1 1/2" x 6' board.)
Miter Box and Hand Saw (if you don't have a power saw)
Black Paint
Foam Paint Brush
Mod Podge
Scrapbook Paper
Distress Ink (black walnut)
Vinyl, photo copy of printable, or black and white paper to trace the letter pattern
Black Plastic Spider and Artificial Spider Web
  1. Cut two pieces of mdf 3" long.  Cut 2 pieces of mdf 2" long. 
  2. Sand any rough edges.
  3. Paint the blocks black, let dry, and sand edges and corners to distress, letting the white through.
  4. Cut out pieces of scrapbook paper slightly smaller than the blocks.  Run the distress ink around the edge of the paper.
  5. Brush Mod Podge onto the painted block and then smooth the paper on.  Let dry.  Brush Mod Podge over the top of the paper.  Let dry.
  6. Apply the lettering.  There are several ways you can do this.  *Trace around the letters onto black and white paper, cut around, and Mod Podge onto the blocks.  *Cut them in vinyl.  *Print the printable pattern at a photo center, cut out the letters and Mod Podge them on.  (It's necessary to have it printed professionally so the ink doesn't smear when you apply the Mod Podge.)  *Print the traceable pattern on your home computer and then copy that print onto heavy paper using a copy machine.  Cut around the letters and Mod Podge them onto the blocks.  (It's necessary to copy it so the ink won't smear when you apply the Mod Podge.)
  7. Hot glue the blocks together to give them some stability.  (Optional)
  8. String artificial spider web over the blocks and add a little black spider.
Letter Patterns
  • Click on the image to bring it to full resolution before saving it to your computer.
  • The black box around the letters should measure 4" x 6" when printed for the letters to print at the correct size.
 What was that!?
Who cut the lightsWho's there?!
 Happy Howl-oween! 
I hope you enjoy the blocks!  I'd love to have you come visit me at Today's Fabulous Finds and take a look around.  Thanks for inviting me over!


  1. What a cute idea!!! Can't wait to try this one out.

  2. So cute! Love your project!

    Coley @

  3. Cute project! And a nice tutorial.

  4. This is such a great idea! I love how they are kinda small! Janet is so full of fabulous ideas:)

  5. Really cute and simple! Thanks for sharing!

  6. this is fabulous, janet! thanks so much for the tut:)