Painted Wood Blocks with Words Easter DIY

Painted books have become very popular lately, but I just can’t bring myself to paint a book. That’s why I created these cute little painted wood blocks with words instead! Read on to see how I made them and how I use them in my Easter decor.

painted wood blocks with words for Easter DIY

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When I was a little girl my grandma used to sing the “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” song around Easter time.

We would walk barefoot through the grass, across the backyard and around my granddaddy’s big beautiful garden full of vegetables. She would carry a bucket of leftovers that we would throw over the fence to the neighbor’s two horses.

On the way back to the house I would skip along while she sang:

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on it’s way!

It always made me smile!

And every year around this time I think of her singing “Here Comes Petercottontail” while walking barefoot across the soft grass to feed the leftovers to the horses.

painted wood blocks with words

I’m sure you’ve seen the very popular painted books with words that everyone is making now for their farmhouse decor. I love the look and think they are so pretty, however, I just cannot bring myself to paint a book! No matter how old the book or even if it’s from Dollar Tree, I just cannot do it.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to. But not today.

And since I cannot bring myself to paint a book, but want the look, I decided to make these cute little painted wood blocks with words instead.

These painted wood blocks take up less space than books, too, which is great if you lack the space for a lot of decor like I do.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail Painted Wood Blocks

Painted Wood Blocks with Words

These painted wood blocks are so simple to make and they don’t take a lot of time, either.

My husband cut the wood blocks for me from scrap wood. They are about the same size as Jinga blocks, so you can use those instead if you have some.

Also, Dollar Tree has some similar wood blocks that would be perfect for this project if you can find them. There’s 36 blocks in there for only $1! (See them here.)

What you need:

What you do:

Make sure your wood blocks are clean and free of dust and/or debris, especially if you cut the blocks yourself.

Wood blocks

Give the wood blocks a coat of white paint. I only did one coat because I wasn’t going for a fully painted look. I wanted the grain to show through a little. Set them aside and let them dry completely.

paint the wood blocks

After your wood blocks are dry, lightly sand around all the edges.


Next, add your words to the wood blocks with the rubber stamps, or you can write them yourself. I am not quite that talented, though.

The trick that helps me get the words on the blocks in somewhat of an organized order is to start backward. I write the words on a piece of paper first so I don’t misspell anything and have to start over. Then I start with the last letter of the word and add it to the end of the block, following each letter backward.

I didn’t take a picture of this step, so I hope it makes sense. If not, feel free to ask me any questions.

Stamp the words

That’s it! These painted wood blocks with words turned out so good!

I decorated them in different ways until I finally found a way I really liked.

First, I placed them in my basket vignette with my fabric-covered plastic Easter eggs.

Fabric Covered Easter Eggs

Then I tried them stacked on the side of the tobacco basket. This didn’t work too well because they kept falling off every time someone touched the kitchen table.

Painted wood blocks with words

Finally, I decided to tie a piece of jute string around one end with a little bow and sit them in a little grapevine chair I bought at a thrift sale last year.

painted wood blocks with words

If you decide to make your own painted wood blocks with words, I’d love to see them! Tag me on Instagram (blessings_by_me_blog), Twitter (@blessingsbyme), or Facebook (Blessings by Me Blog).

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Painted Wood Blocks with Words

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73 thoughts on “Painted Wood Blocks with Words Easter DIY”

  1. I absolutely LOVE these little blocks Michelle! Most of all, I loved the story you shared of growing up with your Grandma singing “Here Comes Peter Cottontail.” I must admit, that one really touched my heart! I could almost perfectly envision a happy, safe little girl hopping through the grass on a beautiful Spring day. Wow, what a precious memory that is for you!

    This is such an adorable Easter DIY. I’ve pinned it, as always, so that others can come & enjoy too! You’re brilliant my friend! I absolutely love your creative mind.

    1. Thank you so much! Those were the good ol’ days and I sure do miss them. I would love to walk through the yard with my grandma again. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for pinning and for all your support!! You’re the best! xoxox

      1. Aw! It is truly my pleasure, Michelle! ❀ You do so much for myself and others – it’s the least I can do!

        I bet you do miss your Grandma and wish to experience those precious moments again. It genuinely warms my heart to hear you have such loving and fond memories. What a blessing!

  2. Oh my goodness, Michelle what a wonderful childhood memory!! So sweet just like your blocks!! I love the lettering and how you displayed them on the grapevine chair!!

  3. What a beautiful memory and love how the word blocks turned out too. I feel the same way about painting or destroying books. It feels so wrong some how, but with that being said I have succumbed and destroyed some old books to make somethings for our home and I still feel bad

    1. Thank you so much! I don’t know why I find it so hard to paint books, but it makes me feel guilty. I’m sure one day I’ll break down and paint one. πŸ˜€

  4. Love. Love. Love. I’m with you I don’t think I can paint a book, but this is so great I love your final version of the blocks. And what a wonderful memory, to have with you for always, singing with your grandmother, walking barefoot on the grass, <3

    1. Thank you so much! I’m not sure why painting books makes me feel guilty, but it does. Maybe because I love books so much. πŸ˜€ I do really miss my grandma and those warm spring days walking with her.

  5. That’s such a sweet memory with your grandmother ❀️. I’ve actually never heard of the painted book trend, and had to look it up on Google Images. Some of them look amazingly beautiful, but I understand your position on not wanting to paint them. This project is a good compromise!

    1. I guess I feel guilty painting books because I love them so much. πŸ˜€ Thank you so much! I really miss my grandma and would love to talk another walk with her. πŸ™‚

  6. So cute. I am the type of person who is attracted to words. If I see signs, I have to read them. I love knick knacks with quotes on them. So I really love this idea too. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love this, and you make it so easy to follow the steps. Like you I really like the painted books loo, but wouldn’t be able to bring myself to paint them.
    These are perfect for a bit of easter deco!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  8. A great idea and alternative to painting books! It looks real good in the grapevine chair. Pinned. I’m visiting from Love Your Creativity. πŸ™‚

  9. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. And I agree with you: I wouldn’t paint books either. Strikes me like a rather odd idea. Happy Monday to you and yours despite everything ??‍♀️?

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