I love walking around stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels just to see the fun home decorations that they sell. I’ve always admired when alphabet blocks are used in photography or used as a home display to add to a “story”.
I was asked to take some maternity photos a request was made for the photo to contain baby blocks that spelled out “Surprise” and/or “Baby”. I love the idea, but wanted something nicer than the typical wooden baby blocks you can buy at Target in primary colors…. I wanted something a bit more stylish and fun…so I made my own!
It’s actually quite easy to do!
WHAT YOU NEED:
Wooden Blocks (they come in all sizes – I used 2″ blocks)
Acrylic Paint (optional)
A Paint Brush
Decorative Paper (I used scrapbook paper)
A Straight Edge & Exacto Knife (or old rotary cutter)
A large nail file or piece of sandpaper (optional)
Start out by painting your blocks the color you desire. This is totally optional, you will only see a tiny portion of this color on the corners and edges of the blocks. I choose to paint mine white. (By the way, this is a great job for your school-aged kids).
Paint all sides of each block and set them aside to dry.
While your blocks are drying, take time to cut your decorative paper into small squares that will fit on the blocks. Cut them about 1/8 – 1/4″ smaller than the block square. You want a little bit of the block to show.
Once your blocks are dry, grab your Mod Podge and a paint brush. Paint a layer of Mod Podge on one side of a cube and place a paper square on top. Use your finger to gently remove any bubbles. Repeat for all sides of the cube (you will want to do only do one side of each block at a time, then come back to do another side as each block dries. It took me a few hours to complete this set due to the drying time.
Once you have paper on all sides of all the blocks and everything is dry, you can choose to file down the edges of the paper to give the blocks a more “worn” look. (I actually chose not to do this, I didn’t have the patience, but if you do – go for it!)
Let that dry. The last step is to add on some letters. I just purchased these at the craft store.
And that’s it! You are finished!