Positive Thoughts for your Side Table

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This article is written by Shari Welch

Everyone needs a little positive thought to start your day. I created this pretty little art block of positive thoughts to jump start my mornings. You can make this easy project in a few hours once you have all your materials on hand.

Positivity Art Block Final Product

Shari Welch creates a lovely DIY art block to keep beside her bed


  • Wooden block
  • Inspirational words
  • Drawer pull
  • Wood pieces for feet (optional)
  • Fibrous string
  • Embellishments
  • Diamond mesh ribbon
  • Americana multi-purpose® paint
  • DecoArt® glamour dust
  • Distress ink
  • Aleenes® tacky glue
  • E-6000® glue

Let’s get started!

1. You will need to find images that will fit on your art block.
To save time you can use online companies that sells images you can download and use right away. If you are using images you find on the internet make sure that they are truly intended for free use and are not copyrighted.

sheet of images for the positivity block

2. Cut out your images. I used a corner punch to make my edges rounded.
Define the edges with Distress ink.

Images used for the positivity block

3. Paint the art block and the feet. I choose to paint each side a different color to coordinate with my images. You can use a hairdryer to speed up the dry time. Glue the feet on the block using E6000.

Materials for the project

4. Glue your images on the block with tacky glue. When Dry you can accentuate around the sides using the glamour dust. I added it around the images and not on the entire image. I did paint the entire top with glamour dust because I liked the look. Feel free to use your creativity.

single image on the positivity block

5. Cut the diamond mesh ribbon to fit the block and glue with tacky glue.

diamond mesh ribbon for embellishement

6. Tie your embellishments on the fibrous ribbon and then onto your drawer pull.

positivity box top view


I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I studied graphic design in Portland,Oregon before moving to Denton, Texas and putting all my focus on mixed media art. In addition to being an article writer for mixed media art, I am on the Creative Paperclay®Design team, The Robin’s Nest ®Design team and a blogger for DecoArt®. I strongly believe in giving back. I volunteer at Scrap Denton Creative Reuse Center where I teach workshops, art camps, and perform art demos. I am very passionate about mixed media art and helping others discover their creativity.

You can follow my journey on my facebook page My Altered Life and  My Altered Life’s blog page




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