Cheri Peoples

I Followed the Tute and learned how to do FAUX Cricut Vinyls

by CHERI on March 18, 2010

Hello Ladies it is time to follow another Tute.  When we went to Busch Gardens,  G1 cracked me up, as we approached some smelly animals he looked over at me and said  “I FOLLOWED the TUTE”

This is a great Tutorial, I have been searching for that AMAZING DEAL for a Cricut.  If I don’t find one soon I may have to find a monkey, an accordian and a tin cup.  If you find a FABULOUS (hubby in school kind of deal) on a Cricut Expression–e-mail me.

Fawnda has a super fun blog. Before I moved my blog I would post to her parties and as soon as I get the last couple of things done I am getting back into the party mode- cuz I love a fun party with my friends.  Come by tomorrow ladies because I have a super fun tutorial for you…AMAZING!!!!

AND before we begin Happy Birthday to my sweet sister (who is here).  I am blessed to have her in my life.


(Last night I discovered that all the pictures are not showing up, if I view this in Firefox but if I view it in Internet Explorer they are there.  You should have pictures for each of the steps.  If you don’t you might want to open a different browser.  Something is up with Firefox–my blog page even looks totally different in Explorer.  I knew it wasn’t right in Firefox but my side bar color being different was the least of my concerns but now it is a BIGGER concern, if stuff isn’t showing up in posts.)


Fawnda the FLOOR IS YOURS!!!


Hello It’s So Very Cheri Readers! I am so excited to be blog swapping with Cheri today… she has Some AMAZING projects and super fun parties! There is always something cool going on here!

Let me introduce myself!

I am Fawnda from Fireflies and Jellybeans a little DIY blog that I co-author with my best friend Jeannine.

I am a mom to a 2 year old son (Who is the joy of my life!) I am a part time math tutor for High School math and I LOVE to create!

I love sewing, paper crafts, re-purposing and generally anything crafty! I love to take on a new project and share my knowledge with others!

Today I have a fun project just for you!
I have seen these Name Blocks around the blogosphere for a while now! I love them and wanted to make them but, everyone who made them had a Cricut (or bought vinyl letters from someone else who had a Cricut!) Well, I found a way to make them WITHOUT a Cricut! I am going to show you!

Here is what you will need:
3 Wood blocks (I used a 2X4 cut to these lengths: 6.5, 8.5 and 8.5 inches)
Scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
Sand paper
Ink (or stain) for distressing
Power sander (Optional)

1.Sand down your wooden block so that the sides and corners are all smooth… I used a POWER sander… can I get a Tim the Tool man grunt?!

2. Paint all the sides of your blocks and let dry

3. Now here is the cool part! I printed the name and year established out on my computer… I first did a practice one on regular copy paper and then when I got the size right I printed it on my scrap book paper. There are lots of cool fonts you can download for FREE online (You can google “free fonts” and lots of sites will pop up… I really like: 1001 Free Fonts) It took me a couple of practices ones before I got the right size that I liked. Trim your scrapbook paper to 8.5X11 and put it in your printer when you are all ready. I used 2 pieces of scrapbook paper for it all to fit.

4. Once you have the words printed and cut out use the Mod Podge to glue it to the font sides of your blocks.
  • I glued the first letter of the last name to the 6.5″ block on the 6.5″ X 3.5″ side of the block
  • I glued the rest of the last name on one of the 8.5″ blocks on the 8.5″ X3.5″ side of the block
  • I glued the Est. year one the other 8.5″ block on the 8.5″X1.5″ side of the block

Let dry

5. Use your sandpaper to distress your edges and corners of the front and sides of your blocks.

6. Use your ink or stain to the edges and corners that you just distressed.

7. Paint Mod Podge over all the sides of the blocks to seal and finish it!

It makes a great wedding or house warming gift!
**For Personal use only! If you don’t want to take the time I am selling CUSTOMIZED name blocks at my Etsy shop: Funky Joy!**
Thanks Cheri for letting me invade your blog! It was so FUN!
Be sure to stop by Fireflies and Jellybeans for more fun stuff! Also Cheri will be guest posting tomorrow!
Thanks Fawnda.  I look forward to doing more projects together.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Diane March 18, 2010 at 8:10 am

This looks awesome! We have a lot of small pieces of wood right now from some home improvements my husband just did.

Cheri- I linked to your giveaway today at my blog

Thanks again!

2 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions March 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

I know that I need to try this because I don’t have a cricut and I can’t buy stuff for every project I want to try. Stupid question, but I’m guessing you used a color printer so the font would be a color that coordinates with the paper? I may start small ~ I have 3 small dollar store frames that I bought that are waiting for a project. This may be a good one to try! Thanks!

3 Laura @ PARING DOWN March 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

Now that’s clever. Love that you figured a creative way around the cricut dilemma!

4 Debbie Smith March 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

These are darling!!

5 Holly L March 19, 2010 at 1:58 am

Great project! I just got my cricut…so I am ready…I think!

6 Fawnda March 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Kathy- Yes I used a color printer to get the brown color font. Good luck! : )

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