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Scrap Wood Gift Blocks

November 12, 2020

Do you need an idea for using up your pile of scrap wood? These gift blocks are another scrap wood Christmas project using scraps of 4×4 posts. I made them in red, green and white, but you could make them in any color that says “Christmas” to you.

Things You Need:

4×4 post scraps
Chop saw
Measuring tape
Red, green and white acrylic paint
Fabric scraps
Pine branch pieces and red pip berries
Hot glue gun
Staple gun

Prepare the Wood

Step 1:
Cut 6″ length from a 4×4 wood post scrap. Lightly sand the cut edges. Note: The surface doesn’t have to be perfect. A few dings or pits will give the gift blocks a rustic character.

Give Them Color

Step 2:
Dry brush one end (top) and each long side using either red, green or white acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry. Optional: If desired, sand the sharp edges for even more rustic charm.

Fabric Strip Ribbon

Step 3:
Rip strips from your scrap fabric 1″ x 20″ and 1″ x 36″. Christmas cottons or plaid homespuns are great choices.

Step 4:
Starting with the shorter fabric strip, hot glue one end to the center top of the block. Wrap the strip down a side, across the bottom and up the opposite side. Overlap the fabric ends and hot glue to the top center. Trim away excess from the end if needed.


Step 5:
Find the center of the longer fabric strip. Hot glue the center to the bottom of the gift block, crossing the previous strip. Bring the ends up the remaining sides. Tie the ends in a bow. Trim the bow ends.

Decorative Finish

Step 6:
Cut a 3 1/2″ length from a wired pine branch. Slip the branch under the bow. Shift the bow slightly and staple the branch to secure. Adjust the bow to cover the staple.

Step 7:
Hot glue clusters of red pip berries above and below the fabric bow.

That’s it! It doesn’t get any easier than that!


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