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DIY Wood Block Apples

Putting some leftover scrap wood to use, we’ll show you how to make adorable DIY apple decorations.

Finished Wood Block Apples painted red, green and yellow.

Easy to Make Rustic DIY Apple Decorations

After discovering some leftover 4×4 wood posts in my garage I thought I hit the jackpot. Although I didn’t know at the time what I was going to make, it’s always exciting to find craft materials just lying around!

You could say we’ve made a “few” things in the past out of scrap wood, such as this silly bathroom sign, large farmhouse sign, Valentine’s wood block decor, towel rack, glittering birch wood slice ornaments and all of our DIY driftwood creations!

Soon inspiration struck and I used the wood blocks to make a set of apples to use as decor in my house. Actually, they’d make a really cute teacher gift idea, don’t you think?

set of 3 DIY wood block apples all lined up in a row

Materials Needed:

materials needed to make a DIY Wood Block Apples.

How to Make DIY Wood Block Apples

Carefully cut a 4×4 post into 3 blocks, each measuring 3.75” high. Sand all rough edges until smooth and wipe away the saw dust.

Three wood blocks.

Paint the surface of each wood block a different color: Primary Red, Foliage Green, Marigold and let the paint dry fully before proceeding.

Paint the wooden spool in Dark Chocolate and wipe away the excess paint with a paper towel leaving it looking more like a wood stain than solid paint.

Using a pencil draw the outline of a half apple on one side of each wood block.

Drawing the outline of an apple on the green painted wood block.

Paint inside the lines in a Buttermilk color. Repeat if extra coverage is needed.

Lighten the buttermilk with 1 part white and paint the inside of the apple leaving just the center in solid Buttermilk.

Adding more paint to the middle of the painted half apple.

With a fine point paintbrush, paint two apple seeds in the center.

Painting two apple seeds in the center of each wood block apple.

When dry, sand down the edges to give each block a weathered look.

Sanding down the edges of the painted wooden blocks.

Apply a dab of glue to the center of the woodblock and press the spool into the glue.

Cut out three felt leaves using the printable leaf template.

Fold the rounded end of the leaf in half and glue it to the top of the woodblock.

And there you have it, the set of wood block apples is complete! I wonder what else I can make with the rest of the scrap wood?

set of 3 DIY apple decorations made using scrap wood and paint
Other Apple Decoration Ideas

For more unique apple decoration ideas, check out these beautiful natural stone apples and vintage apple bell. I would love either of these for my home office!

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Finished Wood Block Apples painted red, green and yellow with text overlay.

DIY Wood Block Apple Decor

Jane and Sonja
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Materials
  

  • Set of 3 wood blocks 4×4 wood post cut 3.75” high
  • Sandpaper
  • Americana Acrylics in Primary Red, Foliage Green, Marigold, Buttermilk, Dark Chocolate, White Wash
  • Paintbrushes in assorted sizes
  • 3 Wooden spools
  • Paper Towel
  • Wood glue clear drying
  • Felt sheet green
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pencil

Instructions
 

  • Carefully cut a 4×4 post into 3 blocks, each measuring 3.75” high.
  • Paint the surface of each woodblock a different color: Primary Red, Foliage Green, Marigold and let dry fully before proceeding.
  • Paint the wooden spool in Dark Chocolate and wipe away the excess paint with a paper towel.
  • Using a pencil draw the outline of a half apple on one side of each woodblock.
  • Paint inside the lines in a Buttermilk color.
  • Lighten the buttermilk with 1 part white and paint the inside of the apple leaving just the center in solid Buttermilk.
  • With a fine point paintbrush, paint two apple seeds in the center.
  • When dry, sand down the edges to give each block a weathered look.
  • Apply a dab of glue to the center of the woodblock and press the spool into the glue.
  • Cut out three felt leaves using the printable leaf template.
  • Fold the rounded end of the leaf in half and glue it to the top of the woodblock.
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