Vintage Craft Using Old Wooden Blocks

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Vintage wooden blocks make a great item to use in craft projects.  With the multi-sided options of letters, numbers or pictures there are lots of design choices to choose from.

I happen to like the very old blocks with hardly any color.  They look a little more rustic to me and are therefore more fun to use in home decor.

The other day, I happened upon a small pile of blocks at a small antique store in Allen, Michigan.  It seems like I usually see the more colorful ones, that you still see around today, so I was thrilled to find this set.

I didn’t even care too much about what letters might be available.  I just purchased the small set, knowing that I would come up with something fun to do with them.

I also bought a two compartment vintage wooden tray to carry them in with the same type of aged wood.  This combo and a little inspiration piece that I had at home were beginning to get my wheels turning.

Here is a vintage inspired block set that my husband bought for me a while back:

I love how these blocks sit in the wooden compartment and spell out a nice message!  I wanted to make something similar with my blocks and two compartment tray.

First I had to do a little repair job to the tray.  It had a little gap between the two slats of wood in the back so I glued them together with wood glue and used a clamp to hold the tray together until the glue was dry.

I was so anxious to start the project that I forgot to take a before picture of the tray!

It took me awhile to come up with a word or message from my assortment of large and small blocks.  It’s tricky looking over each block and the letters each one has available!

Not only did I want to come up with a fun word but I also wanted some other items to help decorate my tray turned tabletop box shelf.  I found some vintage game pieces that I had been saving and this is what I finally came up with:

Not only was I amazed that I actually had come up with a word that could be used but the blocks also fit into a pattern AND they all fit across the entire bottom of my new box!  It was like it was meant to be!

If you are wondering what is on the block in that upper right corner, here is a nice close up for you:

Can you name that bird?  I’m really not sure what it is but it makes me smile!

Happy Crafting!

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  1. What a sweet arrangement, and how wonderful the serendipity of the letters all fitting perfectly! I think the bird is either an emu or an ostrich. Don’t know the difference myself!

  2. Too cool girl.

  3. Love this!

  4. Thanks everyone! I still love playing with old blocks!

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