Spread a little holiday cheer with these easy to make and easy to give NOEL Holiday Blocks. These blocks were purchased at Hobby Lobby with NOEL already printed on them; however, they were a bit blah. And in a glittery, bright and cheery holiday season, they were calling for a new look.
Letter blocks can be decorated with holiday papers and embellishments to serve as a special reminder of this time of the year. Or perhaps change the words to Joy or Love or consider making these a personalized gift and decorate with the receiver's name. They also make a great gift for a teen, or boy or girl with their first name, or even for a sorority or fraternity. The options are endless when you look past the basic block.
• Making Memories Noel papers, diecuts, stickers and felt poinsettia flower*
• Making Memories Falala papers, pin
• Shabby Chic Crafts (shabbychiccrafts.com) Christmas Daily Album Journaling Kit II
• Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac, 3D Combo Pac and Extreme Adhesive Squares*
• Wood letter cubes (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
• Bazzill cardstock
• KaiserCraft pearls
• Colorbox Chalk Inks: warm red, lime pastel, moss green
• EK Success lattice chain border punch
• Circle punch
• Stickles glitter: Christmas red
• Making Memories Slice Design Cordless Cutter Machine and Noel design card
*You can find these supplies at For Keeps Sake Scrapbook Store, 4530 Lemay Ferry Road.
Step 1 • Start by selecting your papers and embellishments. It's fine to mix and match papers from different manufacturers or even different year's holiday lines. Cut four squares of various papers 2 3/4 inches by 2 3/4 inches.
Step 2 • Using the slice cutter machine, cut out the "NOEL" letters in a 3-inch size. You can also hand cut or even use a large alphabet sticker or chipboard for these. Ink the letter edges and set aside.
Step 3 • For the "N" block select the background paper and ink the edge of the Shabby Chic Crafts "Joy" flashcard along with the paper. Adhere the flashcard to the paper, layer a punched circle with the Christmas bottle cap diecut. Ink the edges of diecut and adhere to the paper using Glue Glider Pro with Perma Tac for good adhesion. Next adhere the letter "N." Cut a small square of the U Cut It Foam and adhere the Vintage Christmas Tag Stamp diecut to the Joy tag. This creates a dimensional diecut. Finish off with felt poinsettia using the Extreme Adhesive Squares. Add a rhinestone to the center of the flower. Tuck in decorative pin behind stamp diecut.
Step 4 • For the "O" block, select the background paper and adhere to the block. Punch a strip of paper using the lattice edger punch. Use the Making Memories Slice and Noel design card to cut a decorative frame and circle. Ink edges and adhere the punch strip with the frame and circle layered on top. Next cut a circle from the U Cut It Foam and adhere the 3D Christmas greeting diecut to the block. This creates a dimensional diecut. Add glitter to the holly berries on the diecut. Pop up the holly leaves on the diecut.
Step 5 • For the "E" block select the background paper and adhere to block. Use the Slice and Noel design card to diecut a frame and holly berry. Ink the edges and adhere to the background paper using the Glue Glider Pro. Then add the Vintage Christmas Tag Stamp diecut to frame. Cut thin strips and squares from the U Cut It foam. Place these onto the backside of the letter "E." Adhere to diecut. Add word stickers and a pearl embellishment. Use the Stickles glitter and apply glitter to the holly berries on the diecut. Adhere using a small square of the U Cut It Foam to give it dimension.
Step 6 • For the final block, once again select the background and adhere to the block. Cut a smaller piece of holiday paper and ink edges. Select the Shabby Chic Crafts "Cheer" flashcard, ink the edges and adhere both to background paper. Next cut a small rectangle from the U Cut It Foam and adhere the Making Memories Noel glitter diecut to the block. Adhere the letter "L" to the diecut. Last step is to hand cut the poinsettia from the Making Memories paper (or use another felt flower). Use the Extreme Adhesive Squares to attach the poinsettia and finish off with a pearl embellishment.