Fall 2x4 Wood Block Art

I did this project last night with the kids at church and they loved it! Yay!
I also love this project because the concept is so simple, with such cute possibilities.
Isn't it awesome to take something plain like a 2x4 piece of wood and turn it into something cute!
I think some of the parents would like sitting down and doing this project with me. :)

So, basically here's how it went:
My sweet husband cut my 2x4 into 3.5"x3.5" squares then I sanded the edges.
I took long staples from my staple gun and hammered one into the top of each block leaving about an 1/8" or so sticking up.

I started my block by drawing in pencil a horizon line and a stick tree. You can get creative and make different types of stick trees, just keep the lines simple. Add an irregular circle or oval around the area where the branches are.

Next, use watercolors to paint the grass and the circle area of the tree. Then paint the sides of the block.

I used my stamp pad (brown distressing ink) and rubbed it along the edges of my block.

When the watercolor is dry you can trace back over the pencil lines of your tree trunk and branches using a fine tip or ultra fine tip sharpie.

Since I didn't have any fall stamps I typed up several words and phrases on my computer in fancy fonts and printed them out on scrapbook paper. After I cut them out I distressed the edges by rubbing them across my black stamp ink pad. Choose a phrase and glue it to your block (or use a stamp or sticker)

Finally, thread your jute or ribbon through the part of the staple that is sticking up on the top of the block and tie a bow!

Voila, easy art block! Great for any season or occasion....oh, the possibilities!