These vintage-style Christmas alphabet blocks are a great way to repurpose Smoothfoam cubes that may be slightly damaged – the little dents and dings just add to the vintage feel.
Four 4” Smoothfoam cubes
DecoArt Metallic Lustre – Gold Rush
Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paints – Rouge, Enchanted, Timeless
Americana Décor Creme Wax – Golden Brown
Heavy-duty craft glue
Pencil, paint brushes, tape measure
Paint the Smoothfoam cubes with Timeless Chalky Finish paint. Let dry.
To create the effect of wood alphabet blocks with a ridged edge, use the bottom of a tape measure or other solid rectangular item, to press into the center of each side of the cube, about 1/2” from each edge.
To distress the blocks, apply Creme Wax with paper towel, then remove most of it while still wet.
Trace or draw letters in pencil on each block to spell out NOEL.
Paint the N and E blocks with Rouge; paint the O and L blocks with Enchanted. Let dry.
Print out nine vintage Santa images to fit within a 3″ square.
Glue the Santa images to the top, left and right sides of the N block, as well as the left and right sides of the O, E and L blocks.
On the blocks with red letters, paint a fine line around each vintage Santa image with green. On the blocks with green letters, do the same in red and let dry.
Use your fingertip to smudge Metallic Lustre on all sides of each cube, around the raised edges.