This personalized Welcome Home Block Set is a great gift for new homeowner.

This wood block set combines welcome home and latitude and longitude to create a personalized gift for a new homeowner or something pretty to decorate your mantle.

Welcome back for another round of the Monthly Home Depot Gift Challenge (Note: We are not affiliated with Home Depot in any way…we just spend A LOT of time there!) where we’ve teamed up with a talented group of bloggers to challenge ourselves to come up with a new DIY project each month based on an item found at Home Depot and a gift recipient, both selected by a member of our group. This month’s item was 2x4s and the recipient was a new homeowner, chosen by the lovely Amy from Home Remedies Rx make sure to stop by and give her a little Facebook love!


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This wood block set combines welcome home and latitude and longitude to create a personalized gift for a new homeowner or something pretty to decorate your mantle.

So on to our project. Melinda and I have friends who just purchased their first house and I happened to be going to visit them to see it for the first time last weekend, so this project couldn’t have come at a better time. We both love using latitude and longitude as a way to personalize a gift so we had a 2×4 cut into three 12-inch pieces. Here’s a little tip, always check Home Depot’s scrap pile when you’re doing small projects like this. Melinda scored our 2×4 for  $0.70!

This wood block set combines welcome home and latitude and longitude to create a personalized gift for a new homeowner or something pretty to decorate your mantle.

We also purchased some Minwax stain in “Special Walnut” and a quart of Glidden “Matte White” paint. Then we headed back to Melinda’s to get to work. First we stained all three boards and let them dry for several hours.

This wood block set combines welcome home and latitude and longitude to create a personalized gift for a new homeowner or something pretty to decorate your mantle.

Then I used our Silhouette Cameo to cut out the lettering/numbering for each board. I looked up the latitude and longitude using http://www.latlong.net/.  Once I had them cut out I used transfer paper to transfer the vinyl lettering to the boards.

This wood block set combines welcome home and latitude and longitude to create a personalized gift for a new homeowner or something pretty to decorate your mantle.

Then came the fun part. We haven’t done any painting over vinyl so Melinda and I were both really worried about how it would turn out. If we were lucky no paint would seep under the vinyl and we’d be left with wood stain colored wording on a white background…if we weren’t so lucky we’d resort to plan B…which we’d first have to come up with. I sponged several light coats of the paint on to help ensure that the paint wouldn’t seep under the edges of the vinyl. Then we held our breath and waited while the paint dried for about 15 minutes. The thin coats meant it dried fast I wanted to peel up the vinyl pieces while it was still damp so the paint wouldn’t chip.

This wood block set combines welcome home and latitude and longitude to create a personalized gift for a new homeowner or something pretty to decorate your mantle.

The moment of truth came and as I peeled up the lettering ….it looked perfect! Don’t you love it when that happens?

This wood block set combines welcome home and latitude and longitude to create a personalized gift for a new homeowner or something pretty to decorate your mantle.

We were originally going to paint all of the blocks but at the last minute we decided to only do the Welcome Home on a white background and leave the rest stained with white vinyl numbering. It gave a little more contrast and I love how it turned out!! We left the blocks separate instead of attaching them together because there are so many ways you can stack them

This wood block set combines welcome home and latitude and longitude to create a personalized gift for a new homeowner or something pretty to decorate your mantle.

I took the gift with me when I went to visit my friends and our gift got to be the first thing added to the new house. It looks great on their mantle. They are so excited about their new home and I know they are going to love decorating it and making it their own.

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