Sunday, August 6, 2023

DIY Fall Tiered Tray: Rustic 2x4 Blocks Craft Guide

Hey there! I'm still over here trying to make the weather cooler by sharing some Fall crafts. Is it working? Nope! Heehee!

Fall is a season of warm colors, cozy gatherings, and charming decor. As the air turns crisp and leaves begin to change (I'm manifesting this weather), it's the perfect time to bring the spirit of the season into your home. One delightful way to do this is by creating a beautiful Fall tiered tray display. And what better way to elevate your tiered tray than by adding some rustic 2x4 blocks that capture the essence of autumn? In this DIY craft guide, I'll walk you through the step-by-step process of making these delightful Fall-themed blocks for your tiered tray.

It's fun to style my little tiered tray for each holiday or season, and I love signs, so I thought I'd create a small sign for my tiered tray decor.

Materials You'll Need

Before we begin, gather the following materials:

2 x 4 wood cut to a 3" x 3" size
Chop Saw (or have the lumber yard cut them for you)
Free clip art of your choice from Google
Home Printer
Tacky Glue
Paint brush
Course File or Sanding block
Paint is optional

I made my block two sided just for fun, you may or may not want yours to be two sided.

This is the first one I made a while back for an Instagram project I had to create.  You can see that here and here.

You'll start by cutting your 2 x 4 wood to size. You can use scrap wood or buy new and have the lumber store cut it for you.  You will need an approximate 3" x 3" piece of wood.

Use a chop saw to cut your wood to size.  Just mark your wood with a pencil line and cut them all at once if you're making more than one. You can make one for every season or holiday!

Using the mouse sander, I smoothed out all the rough edges so the block was easier to handle.

I used my printer to print out my images to a 3-1/2" x 5" size and then trimmed them down with my paper trimmer.  I used copy paper for this one, but I've found that card stock works much better if you have it.

Add a generous amount of tacky glue to your wood piece.

With a slightly damp chip brush, smooth the paint all over the flat surface of the wood piece.

Position your print out over the glue area and press and smooth gently until its exactly where you want it.  Let the tacky glue dry for about 5 - 10 minutes.

Now using a course file or sanding block, sand off the excess paper you have hanging over the edges.

You can paint your wooden block before you start if you want it a certain color, but I don't recommend you painting the area you are going to be gluing your image to.  Style and enjoy!

To enhance the charm of your Fall-themed blocks, you can glue on small embellishments like faux leaves, acorns, or mini-pumpkins. These little additions will bring a touch of nature to your tiered tray display.

Creating rustic 2x4 blocks for your Fall tiered tray is a delightful way to infuse your home with the warmth and beauty of Fall. With a few simple materials and a dash of creativity, you can design personalized Fall-themed blocks that will impress your guests and make your home feel cozy and welcoming. So, roll up your sleeves, get those paintbrushes ready, and embark on this enjoyable DIY craft project to celebrate the splendors of Fall in style!

You can find these and more images in my Etsy Shop if you'd rather buy one than make one! :)

If you loved any of these ideas and want to save them for later, be sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board.  I have a Pinterest board set up for all kinds of Fall decorating ideas and it's called Fall Decor.  I'm pinning something new on Pinterest every day. Won't you join me?

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  1. These are so adorable, DeeDee!! What a super cute project to welcome Fall into our homes! Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week!

  2. Oh my gosh! These little blocks are adorable! Such a good idea. They look great in the tiered tray with the other fall decor. Thanks for the step by step instructions. Also thank you for linking up with Home Imagined.

  3. This is so cute! I love fall and fall decorating! So happy it's time to get started making decor. This is a great project to save money too, right up my alley! Hope to see you over on Crafty Creators (open now)!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

    1. Hi Niki! Thank you oh so much sweet lady, I hope you can try making them too!

  4. Fall is my favorite season, I cannot wait for the cooler weather. I love how you made these blocks, they are too cute, and cost effective too. My most favorite kinds of decor for the home. I am visiting from Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

    1. Hi there friend! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a kind comment!

  5. These blocks are just adorable, DeeDee! Love all the different graphic suggestions, too! Happy to be featuring your post at Tuesday Turn About this week. Pinned!

    1. Hi Julie! Thank you so much for the feature, I truly appreciate you sweet friend!

  6. Was unable to find the scarecrow printables, could you publish the link?

    1. Hi Sandylee! I don't have a link, I'm so sorry! I remember that I just searched free fall scarecrow clipart on Google and then selected the images tab.


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