Wood Block Paperweight

by Robin Tharaldson

Create a beautiful paperweight out of a plain wood block.


  • Wood block (3 1/2" cube used here )
  • Cardstock – 2 pieces 3 1/2" x 12" (or adjust to size of your block, matching the width and adding 1 - 1 1/2" to the length of 3 sides)
  • Fast drying liquid glue
  • Silk or paper flowers (purchased or die cut)
  • Silk or paper leaf sprigs – purchased or die cut
  • Ink for sponging (Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink used here)
  • Triple loop bow
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Paper, stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection used here)


  1. Step 1

    Fold one edge of the cardstock strip to the back, approx. 1/2" to 3/4".

  2. Step 2

    Apply glue to one edge of the wood block.

  3. Adhere the folded end of the cardstock to the block.

  4. Step 3

    Turn the block and add glue to the next side. Fold and press the paper to the side of block. Repeat for the remaining sides.

  5. Step 4

    Glue the remaining paper to the block on the side where you started.

  6. Step 5

    Fold down the edge of the remaining cardstock strip, approx. 1/2" to 3/4".

  7. Starting opposite from where you just finished, apply glue to one edge of the wood block. Repeat Steps 2-4. The last side will be the bottom of the block.

    Fold the paper around the block before gluing to be sure which sides will be glued.

  8. Step 6

    Sponge all the edges of the block with ink.

  9. Step 7

    Arrange and glue 4 leaf sprigs to the top of the block. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  10. Fold and glue the sprigs down to the sides of the block.

  11. Step 8

    On the front of the block, trim and adhere another leaf sprig to add more greenery.

  12. Step 9

    Glue a bow to the top of the block. Allow the glue to dry.

  13. Add remaining leaf sprigs to the top of the bow. Don’t worry about excess glue; your flower will cover the top of the bow.

  14. Step 10

    Add flowers to the front of the block.

  15. Add flowers to the top of the block and centered on the bow.

  16. Step 11

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Wood Block Paperweight. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Wow...beautiful project - I love the Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers and how you used them!!! Thanks for the great idea and the awesome tutorial!
Janet Saieva  |  Wed Oct 28, 2015 at 4:08 AM
Wow, Robin, this is a gorgeous paperweight and would make a stunning gift! I love the Heartfelt Sunflowers and how you've made their gorgeous centers! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! Hugs!
CherylQuilts  |  Wed Oct 28, 2015 at 7:32 AM
Great project Robin! Just in time for Christmas Gift giving!! Love your tutorial and the design of the paperweight! Gorgeous!
Anne H. (Itsapassion)  |  Wed Oct 28, 2015 at 8:09 AM
WOW! Awesome idea Robin and what a beautiful job you have done! Thanks for a wonderful step-by-step tutorial. Now to get hubby to cut me some wooden blocks so I can get started! These will make fun Christmas presents.
Darlene Pavlick  |  Wed Oct 28, 2015 at 8:22 AM
Robin this is gorgeous!! Thanks for an amazing tutorial!
lydia  |  Wed Oct 28, 2015 at 9:06 AM
I love this tutorial...Can think of so many ways I can decorate the block...now off to Home Depot to find some wood blocks!!!
Joy  |  Wed Oct 28, 2015 at 12:56 PM
I plan to make this but am waiting for DH to get me a block of wood. I'm making mine masculine so he will be able to use it at work.
muscrat  |  Mon Nov 2, 2015 at 10:43 AM
Oh, Robin, what a gorgeous paperweight, and I absolutely love sunflowers! Stunning flowers and beautiful work! I think I may need these!! Beautifully done video too! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed May 11, 2016 at 8:06 AM

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