April 2, 2011

Name Blocks

These are so fun and easy to make.  I got this idea from my friend Jenifer & wanted to tackle it myself.  I made this set for my WONDERFUL friend, Angie and we used it on the table at her diaper and wipe shower.  She can then use them in baby Cooper's room.  I also plan on making a lot of these for Christmas gifts.  My friend Jenifer made these for her girls' teachers at Christmas and they loved them!

 1 - 2x4 board
scrapbook paper
modge podge

1)  The blocks are 3.5" x 3.5".  One 2x4 makes 32 blocks.

2)  Sand each block with a medium grain sanding block or paper.  This literally takes 5 minutes max.

3)  Paint with acrylic paint.  Mine took two coats due to the dark color.  You could also stain them instead of painting.

4)  Cut scrapbooking paper into 3" x 3" squares and modge podge them to the blocks.  Use something to "scrape" the top of the paper so there are no lumps or bubbles of modge podge.  You want a level surface.

*Note: About 5 different types of paper works the best so you can have a variety of letters. You really have to lay it out and play with it to see what works best.  The more contrast you have, the better it works.  I tried to match his bedding the best I could.

5)  I used a die-cut to cut my letters because our scrapbooking store has them.  You could also use your Cricut or Silhouette machine.  Any way would work for whatever type letters you want.  Modge podge the letter to the scrapbook paper square. 

6)  Once completely dry, use a fine grain sanding block or paper to rough up the edges so it has a "worn" look about it.  Of course, this step is optional and they look great if you don't sand here.

Hope you can use this wonderful, easy and cheap idea!


Cayce said...

I did something similar for Barret's room but I used the chipboard letters of his name. It looks super cute and I used some of the same paper you did!

Anonymous said...

How cute!

I actually picked up a set of wooden cubes today at a garage for 25c and was wondering what to do with them (the wondering has nothing to do with the purchasing obviously)!

Thanks for the idea!



Valerie said...

Very cute!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Those are so fun! What a neat gift idea for a baby shower or birthday. :)

Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Hope you'll visit me at Serenity Now again soon! :)

Jerri said...

How cute! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week. Hope to see you again!

Sarah said...

These are adorable...I made similar coasters for Christmas gift with ceramic tile. We are more alike than I knew... :)

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