How To Make A Block Shelf Sitter

  • Posted on: 14 March 2017
  • By: Liz

Spring is just around the corner and so is Easter.  It is time to start crafting a few Easter decorations. 

Being a fairly crafty person, I love to paint.  I found painting late in my crafting endeavors, but once I found it I was hooked.

One of my favorite designers is Angie Black.  I have not seen any of her work recently, but when I first started she had many books and was included in books from Miller Woodcrafts.  Miller Woodcrafts got out of the craft arena and focused on their furniture line.  You can still find Miller Woodcraft books for sale on the secondary market of Ebay and other websites.  All you need to do is google them and see where you need to go to purchase.

This book, A Sprinkling of the Seasons is one of my favorites.  I have made many of the projects in this book.  This spring I did some shelf sitting blocks with a couple of the bunnies.  These bunnies have that whimsical look too them.  They are quick and simple to paint, the colors are vibrant, and catchy.

I also have a tic tac toe board that I stenciled and a sign I stenciled on a scrap piece of wood my brother gave me.

All you need to make the shelf sitting blocks is a piece of 2 X 4, mine are scrap pieces I get from the building sites around me.  They toss perfect pieces that I snag, bring home and cut on my chop saw.  I then sand them smooth and bring them inside to paint on.

Cut a piece of 2 X 4 to about 4” in length, sand it to get any paint or blemishes off your block.  Seal your block with a general-purpose wood sealer.  Next pick which color you would like your block.  I am rather partial to black and do many items with a black back ground, but I also painted one pink and one lavender for the season.

Once you have base painted your block, allow time for the paint to dry as you will take and draw onto the block the outline of the bunny.  I like to make a copy of the item and reduce it to the size I need on my printer/copier, then simply cut it out and trace around the main item.  Another way to get the pattern onto the wood is to use carbon paper.  You lie the carbon over the piece you will be painting, lay the pattern on top of the carbon and use a pencil or pen to draw the outline of the pattern.  Once you lift the carbon, you will have the pattern outlined on your wood.  I, myself use both methods, but I like to cut out my pattern more, as I can go and retrace easier with the cut-out pieces.

Paint your main color for the bunny first, allow to dry, cut out your pattern to trace onto your painted bunny the next items to paint.  Once I have all of my details painted in, I highlight with a very light brown to bring out the bunny from the back ground.  Then I take an extra fine, black paint pen and outline the entire bunny to give him definition.

Seal your entire block with a finishing sealer, you can use matte, satin or gloss.  Once the sealer has cured, go put that little creation onto a shelf, nestled with your other spring items.

If you don't want to make a block, go here:https://www.etsy.com/listing/517776311/honey-bunny-easter-spring-chuncky... and here:   https://www.etsy.com/listing/517365745/hoppy-spring-easter-bunny-single-...  to buy a bunny block.  The Chocolate Bunny sign here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/517855775/chocolate-bunnies-by-the-dozen-7-....

 

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