a dual purpose craft – Thanksgiving and Christmas wooden blocks

After I made these block for Nora (which I declared my favorite craft ever) I’ve had so many other plans for crafts using that same idea.  This weekend I turned one of those ideas into a reality.  Like many of my crafts, this one was inspired by a pin on Pinterest so I can’t take any credit for the idea.

So check it out:

I made one set that says “Give Thanks” to use for Thanksgiving decor

And when you turn them around…

Then you have a set of “Merry Christmas” blocks!  Clever, huh?  Now I have decorations for Thanksgiving and Christmas that take up half the storage space.

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  1. These are the cutest blocks! I love the dual purpose idea! Do you have a tutorial on here with how to make them, because I would love to give this a try! You should come and enter my Vanilla Bean Paste giveaway! http://eatcakefordinner.blogspot.com/2011/11/vanilla-bean-paste-giveaway.html

    • I haven’t made a tutorial yet – I’m terrible about getting all caught up in my crafting and not thinking to take pictures until I’m all done! I’ll try to make one next time I make a set of blocks though.

  2. Very cute idea! Love that you used both sides. The paper is so pretty too!

  3. What a great idea – and less to store! Might not get to make them until next year, but will definitely bookmark for later. (visiting from TT&J)

  4. These are so cute! And clever with the dual holiday purpose!

    I’d love for you to link these up to my Christmas themed link party! http://afishwholikesflowers.blogspot.com/2011/11/help-save-my-christmas-spirit.html

    Hope to see you there!

  5. Your blocks are really cute. I would love totry and make them. What size did you cut the blocks and did you use 2×4’s?

    • I don’t remember exactly but I think it was (from L to R): 7.5, 4, 6, 4, 6 and then the one laying down was 8.5. Yes, I used 2x4s.

      • One more question. Do you remember what font you used? I have looked at fonts till my eyes hurt trying to find one thin enough to fit the block.

  6. @ Pam: Im out of town this week so I can’t check my cartridges, but I’m pretty sure I used:
    Jubilee for the “Merry”
    Alphalicious for “Christmas”
    Opposites Attract for “Give” and “Thanks” (different fonts but same cartridge)
    I cut the letters for the big blocks on 4″ and the sideways block was 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″.

  7. What a great idea. Love your cleverness! (is that a word?) I think I might give this a try. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing!

  8. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

  9. Regina Davis says:

    I was just looking for Christmas Crafts and I saw this post… The inspiration was from MY BLOCKS! I am so glad people find them clever. The whole DOUBLE SIDED idea sparked my creation of my etsy shop where I sell many double sided blocks. Happy Crafting!

  10. This is a great idea! Do you have a site where I can look at more of your ideas?

  11. How did you do the lettering? Was it printed off the computer or was it a bought stencil? If off the computer, did you print it then cut them out? Do you have a site that you use for it? I printed the letters off but the solid word didn’t come out nice. Any hints?


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