Our two crafty members from the Marketing Team, Amber and Kira, are at it again! Wanting to put the leftover redwood pieces from the DIY Wooden Bird Feeder project to good use, they found yet another fun and creative DIY project on social media: decoratively painted wood blocks for Halloween! This project is quick, kid-friendly, and can easily be completed in an afternoon.

Don’t have extra redwood pieces laying around? Head to your local The Home Depot store and have them cut your lumber for you!

For materials, you will need:

  • Paint cloth for project area
  • Redwood scrap pieces – various sizes will make the completed project extra fun
  • Craft paint brushes (we used foam and regular ones)
  • Craft (acrylic) paint: purple, black, white, orange, and green. Feel free to add more colors!
  • Wood glue
  • Puff paint (optional)
  • Stencils (optional)
  • Sandpaper – 80 grit to smooth down your pieces and reduce splinters
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Begin by sanding down the redwood. This will reduce splinters while handling and create a smooth painting surface for your designs. Start with your 80 grit sandpaper, smoothing out the rough edges and corners, paying special attention to rough areas of the wood. Then finish with 120 grit sandpaper for a nice smooth and even surface.

Using a damp towel, remove all dust from the redwood pieces. Allow to fully dry before painting.

Use a foam brush to paint the larger portions of color: feel free to use 1-2 even coats of paint for a nice even coat or use one coat of paint and lightly sand once dry for a more weathered look. Allow paint to dry in between coats.

Either lightly sketch out your designs in pencil before applying your faces, or, for a quirkier look, paint your characters freehand!

Use the wood glue to attach the pieces together. Let dry.  

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Kira and Amber chose to paint most of their redwood pieces freehand. For the “Happy” in the Happy Halloween, Kira used a stencil, and traced the “Halloween” portion from simply printing out the word in a font she liked and outlined it into the wood.

Amber and Kira found their inspiration for the Halloween faces and characters on Pinterest. Just browsing through the site gave them plenty ideas! For their characters they chose silly ghosts, confused Frankensteins, goofy vampires, and some very surprised pumpkins. Everyone was thrilled with the results!

Be sure to share your completed project with us, and tag Mendocino Redwood when you post! Or email us at Marketing [at] Mendoco [dot] com to share your creations and we may feature it on our social media! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Looking for more redwood project inspiration? Check out our Boards & Bottle collaboration and learn how to make your very own Measuring Board.