Wedding Block {Great Anniversary Gift!}

Last week was CCCCCC-RAZY!  Within 3 days, I had my sister's birthday, my parents' anniversary, my best friend's wedding, and a trip to prepare for and just about everything went wrong.  Little Man and I both got sick, had no sleep, and my computer and printer both crashed. Somehow, I even survived blogging from my husband's PC (and I am completely a MAC person!). 
I haven't been the best about planning ahead this summer, so I sprang into action with little time to spare.  I needed a wedding and anniversary gift--and FAST.  So I decided to create a customized wedding block for BOTH events.  Here is what I did:
I started out with a wooden block from Hobby Lobby, and drilled holes in the top.  (I have finally learned my lesson about drilling holes BEFORE I paint or mod-podge!) 
Next, I gave the blocks a couple of good coats of black spray paint.
I sanded up all those edges for a nice, rustic feel.  (Sorry about the blurry picture!)
While the paint was drying, I used my Cricut to cut out the temple silhouettes out of cardstock.  I painted each temple with silver paint, and I added just the slightest touch of glitter glue.  Very subtle, I promise!
**Updated to add:  Several people have asked where I got my temple templates.  Because I use the Sure Cuts A Lot software, I can easily download any image from the web, and have my Cricut cut it out.  I did a simple search for "LDS temple silhouettes" and came across quite a few temple silhouettes, and downloaded them to my computer.  Also, you can create your own template by creating a silhouette out of your own photograph.  You can read more about creating your own silhouettes by clicking here. **
After mod-podging the temple silhouettes onto the wood, I cut out my vinyl.  This was my first time ever using contact paper to apply my vinyl.  Let me just tell you--contact paper is genius!!!  Using this method, my vinyl is much more straight, clean, and crisp.  
I did the 2 blocks just slightly different.  Because of the shape of the Salt Lake Temple, I felt that I needed to add the last name across the middle.  There was just much more space to fill.  
My parents' block, with the Provo Temple, is much more simple and sweet.
Last but not least, I threaded ribbon through the holes and tied a nice big bow.  I must confess, I think the bow is my favorite part!!  I love red with black and white!  My best friend's wedding colors were black and pink, so pink was the best touch for hers.
Now I just need to make one for ME!!  Perhaps for our third anniversary..... What do you think?
Enjoy your week!
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  1. Jenglamgirl says

    Spectacular wedding block, love it with the temple too! IT WOULD be great linked up to CraftOManiac monday! Have a super night, I am off to my comfy bed its calling me! Hugs, Jenn

  2. What a cool idea! Thanks!!

  3. SO VERY CUTE! I posted an anniversary/wedding gift this weeks too! How funny!

  4. Nana's Fun Stuff says

    They both look great! Love how they turned out.

  5. LOVE!!! And you're right, the bow makes a world of difference!

  6. Jacqueline says

    Love this! The temples look so great and it is really nice done on the black wood. I love it that YOU drilled the holes! Great presents for anniversaries or weddings.

  7. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    Great idea!! I'm loving the red with the black, too. It really makes the whole thing shine! Hope you and the little man are feeling tons better!

  8. Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas says

    You did a wonderful job..girlfriend!! I Love it!! Aren't Cricuts great?? I love mine too! Where did you get your Temple silhouettes?? Please email me your answer if you will..Thanks so much..Barb
    P.S. Always love your stuff Alison!!

  9. Cute!!! Where did you get the temple templates from? This is exactly what I want to do my sister in law.

  10. Very cute.

    I do hope there is a Cricut in my future. Just haven't made the big step yet.

  11. Love your blog! I have commented before and made your FIREWORK! Where did you get the temple templates?

  12. LOVE IT! I got married in the Provo Temple almost a year ago! If you have extra time you could make me one ๐Ÿ˜‰

    No I'm kidding, but I love this idea and believe I will use it in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch says

    These are beautiful!! I want a cricut so bad. I have tons of projects I want to make that would be killer if I had to cut out each letter by hand, but would be a snap with a cricut. Anyway, this is really great. I love using the temple as a background. We were married in the DC Temple.

    Thanks for stopping by The Pumpkin Patch!

  14. Bethany @ The Paper Pony says

    What a great idea- quick easy and special. They turned out great- I want one for myself; that's okay, right? To make one for myself? Ha ha ha!

  15. Jamiecrafts says

    those r really cute! great idea

  16. Those are so pretty! I have quite a few weddings coming up and I may make a few!

  17. Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas says

    Wow, I love it!
    Thank you for sharing!

  18. Madigan at madiganmade says

    This is such a nice, personal gift. I love it. Please consider stopping by my blog this weekend with this project. I am hosting a link party about words and quotes (The Weekend Word Search). This project would be a great addition!

  19. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says

    Thanks SO much for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

  20. Very simple and thoughtful! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  21. LambAround says

    I love this! Have you considered making a customized one for a blog giveaway? I would enter! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lambโ€™s Most Recent Post: Come Link Up! 200th Follower Link Party – Youโ€™re Invited!

  22. says

    This is incredible!! I swear every time I turn around we're invited to yet another wedding or bridal shower. This would make a great go-to gift. Love!

  23. Kristi Flanagan says

    What a sweet gift – thanks so much for sharing!

    Punkin Seed Productions

  24. michelle@somedaycrafts says

    This is great! I am featuring this at

  25. Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe says

    What a great Idea! A friday's favorite for sure~

  26. says

    oooohhhh! I love this! What a great idea! I totally want one!

    thanks for linking up!

  27. What a great idea! My wedding colors were black and silver – I would love to try this! I agree, the red bow does everything for it!

    1st time visitor to you blog! I really like it!

  28. Its A Blog Party says

    How cute!
    Thanks for linking up!

  29. gift to Philippines says

    Wow! what can I say all commenter was right its so cute and very gorgeous,I love it. Anyway,keep posting guys!


  30. Oh I think I need one of these! Let me know when you want my information. Just kidding, this is so adorable! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

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