Cubistic D.I.Y

This crisp DIY idea was spotted at the SketchInc Etsy Store (top pic from there). I´ve also seen a slightly different version on the AestheticOutburst blog. This week Etsy featured a great D.I.Y tutorial on how to make the wooden block set below. In order to use the blocks as ornaments you just need to add a hook (like this one) and some string/ribbon of your choice…

D.I.Y tutorial from Etsy

In terms of tools & materials you´ll need 1.) Ruler 2.) Eraser 3.) Fine sandpaper 4.) Paintbrushes 5.) Old milk carton lids to hold paint, 24 wooden cubes in any size (available at craft shops). The ones pictured here are 2cm x 2cm, but you can use any length of square-ended wood to cut your own blocks, lastly you´ll also need acrylic paint in nine colors. This example uses turquoise, pink, yellow, light blue, red, orange, black, white and grey.

”Use a pencil and ruler to draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each cube (B)

If you are feeling very organized, you can make a chart of which colours to paint where. Otherwise, select a cube and paint in one triangle (fig C). Set this cube aside to dry and continue painting one triangle on the remaining cubes.

You can leave some cubes with just one triangle painted, but if you want to add color to the other side, let the first triangle of paint dry first.

Leave all of the cubes to dry completely, then rub out any visible pencil marks.

Use fine sandpaper to sand away any excess paint over the edges”

(in order to make it into an ornament, add a hook and some string).

Pics & quoted tutorial from: SketchInc, AestheticOutburst & Etsy

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