Thanksgiving Blocks from Repurposed Game Blocks

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I have a confession.  I’m terrified of using a saw of any type.  I don’t want to take the time to psychoanalyze why, but let’s just say it limits some of the projects I’d like to do.  I’ve seen those lovely holiday blocks that people make and have wanted to make some of my own for several years. But…I’d have to use a saw, so I haven’t made any.  This year is different, I’m making my own Thanksgiving blocks from repurposed game blocks.

rustic looking blocks spelling out "thankful" with small pumpkins and gourds on table

You may remember when I found these Jenga game blocks at my local thrift store.  I’ve been having lots of fun making all different kids of crafts with them.  But today, I’m thrilled to show you a super easy way to make your own Thanksgiving blocks with these game blocks and no saw is needed.

Thanksgiving Blocks


Jenga blocks

Hot glue gun

Decorative paper

Letter Stickers

Mod Podge


Paper Cutter or Scissors

supplies scattered on table, wood blocks, decorative paper, letter stickers, Mod Podge, glue gun and paper cutter

Hot glue two Jenga blocks together.  Make enough glued blocks to spell out your sentiment. 

hot glue gun with wood blocks on table

It took 16 Jenga blocks to make the 8 blocks I needed to spell “thankful.”

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Trim your decorative paper to fit the face of the blocks and Mod Podge the paper onto the blocks.  I was careful to keep the Mod Podge only on the back of the paper to maintain the matte look of the decorative paper. 

blocks with decorative paper on wood table

Add the letters to spell your sentiment and add raffia to embellish the blocks.

blocks decorated in neutral colors spelling thankful next to small pumpkin on wood table

These blocks were to so easy to make and there wasn’t a saw of any kind used. The entire process took about 20 minutes and that includes about 10 minutes of agonizing over selecting the decorative paper.

shelf with knick knacks and blocks spelling thankful

I couldn’t wait to put them up in my dining room.

decorated blocks spelling thankful and pumpkin on table

I’m going to be on the look out for more game blocks because these Thanksgiving blocks from recycled game blocks would make wonderful gifts.

More Thanksgiving Ideas

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blocks spelling thankful and pumpkin on wood table

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  1. These are so cute! I don’t have a lot of Thanksgiving decoration, so I need to go out and find some old Jenga blocks. This project could be used for any holiday and you are right – they would make a great gift.

  2. Hi Susan – I saw your article on G+ before the actual post. LOVE this idea and I’m with you… terrified of using a saw. No reason to ever use one. This would also be a great hostess gift if you are traveling somewhere for Thanksgiving. Happy Turkey time! Hugs, Holly

  3. great idea!!

    ps – we also have some of those figurines in our dining room! I specifically recognize the boy talking to the rabbit 🙂

  4. Wow! I didn’t realize you put 2 blocks together. I’m kicking myself for getting rid of our Jenga blocks. The kids decided they didn’t want to play with them anymore.

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