Start with a 2x4 piece of lumber that you cut into squares....we just have these things around the house, so I didn't need to purchase one. My husband saves every scrap of wood!
....I tried using the table saw, but quite honestly, that thing scares me to death....so I got my husband to cut the squares! I just put my vinyl letter on the block and guess-timated how big I wanted the block.
Grab some red paint....mine was from Walmart!
Paint your blocks....you can even have your 5 year old help you! It's that easy!
(Please ignore the hairbrush on my kitchen table....that's the 5 year old....)
Add some sheer ribbon from Walmart......It took about a spool to finish one set of blocks.
They turned out exactly like I wanted them to!!
Total cost: one 2x4.....free
red paint: $0.97---1 jar could do at least 4 sets if not more....so count $0.25 for 1
vinyl: $4.50 per set
ribbon: $1.99 per spool
Total Cost: about $6.75 for a gorgeous gift idea!
(and my Mom made them without the ribbon and made them red and green....she also made a gorgeous set antiqued with glaze!)