Saturday, February 12, 2011

Awesome ABC Blocks - Happy 1st Bday Pierce!!

I found THIS great how-to on DIY ABC blocks awhile back on "This and That Creative"...I swore I was going to make Kapri some for a Christmas present...but that didn't happen. Just like her flippin Crayoll is STILL on hold! oye vay


With my friend Niki's son's 1st birthday just 2 or so weeks away, I knew this would be the perfect gift. Kapri loves to stack...and she does it like a pro. So my trusty sidekick Kapri & I ventured off to the foreign land I call Home Depot - I get so intimated by this place, and I'm amazed when I see women in there by themselves, shopping for all sorts of goodies - like they know this whole store like the back of their hand. Yeah...not me. As a young girl I took many trips here with my dad...yet I never really cared for it myself...there's way too much going on. At least the employees are always super helpful, when you walk in with an idea & they help you find what's on your list.

I grabbed a 2"x2"x8' piece of wood, found some white spray paint, a small double-sided sander (med/fine grain)...then had to seek advise when it came to a small hand saw. *Gulp* Finally I was showed the wall of little saws, and was specifically guided to buy this nifty thing called a Mitter Box...not too shabby for $15!! With that, I headed home with my proud purchases....eager to start this fun project. Here's the breakdown of a week long process.

Day 1
  • Cut out 26 pieces of 2x2 wood blocks
  • Use medium grain sander to eliminate the super rough/jagged areas, and the fine grain sander to smooth out every side/corner of each block (mmm...love the smell of freshly cut wood & sawdust)
  • Spray paint each side of each block...wait to dry...spray one/two more coats to ensure even-ness

Day 2
  • Cut out 156, yes...156 little squares from scrapbook paper (6 per block)
  • Realize that I cut too big of squares...re-cut all 156 down a bit...ugh.
  • Call it a day...my hand kinda hurts 


Day 3
  • Mod Podge the HECK out of each & every little square...
  • Realized by trail & error that I could only 5 sides at a time, since you have to lay each block on one end (not mod podge'd) to allow all other sides to dry
  • Wait for blocks to dry...turn over & MP the bare side
  • Let dry overnight



Day 4
  • Repeat entire day 3 (minus the trail & error)
  • Run to Michael's to buy some clear acrylic spray...only to realize upon opening it at home that the spray nozzle is totally M.I.A....great. 
  • Drink 1/2 bottle of wine in irritation to missing spray nozzle & call it a night


Day 5
  • Return/exchange janky spray can to Michael's for another - make sure to CAREFULLY inspect can for nozzle. Check.
  • Come home, lay out all blocks outside...coat with acrylic spray & let dry
  • Turn all blocks over for another blast of spray & let dry



Day 6
  • Strategically place each block inside adorable clear plastic 'paint' canister in order to take equally adorable photos of my proud creation.
  • Place in birthday bag



Day 7 (today)
  • Watch in amusement as little P plays with his blocks while mommy unwraps all the other gifts
  • Mission accomplished. Perfect 1st bday gift.  :-)







    16 comments:

    1. Love it! They came out absolutely gorgeous! I'm pinning. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

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    2. These are so cute! I AM going to make some for this house, one of these days.
      ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

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      1. haha Amy...yeah, they are time consuming, but soooo worth it in the end, they are so fun & bright...and UNIQUE! Love that you can customize them in size, colors, etc.

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    3. These are being featured over at Whimsy Wednesdays! Stop over and pick up a featured button. www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/04/whimsy-wednesdays-8.html

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    4. What size ofwood did you use?

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      1. Hi Jodi - I mentioned the wood size up above Day 1... 2"x2"x8' piece of wood. So the blocks will be 2x2" in size...so I recommend cutting your scrapbook paper pieces (if doing those), down to be a bit smaller than 2" in size so they don't go over the edges ;-)

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    5. These are awesome! What did you use to make the letters?

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      1. Hi Becky - Thanks! I just used alphabet stickers...stuck onto the squares of paper ;-)

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      2. Did you mod podge again after putting the alphabet stickers on?

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    6. I totally enjoyed your page. You are so funny and your blocks are beyond amazing. I had the right wood idea picked out, I just wasn't sure what to do with them after that. Thanks again!!!

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    7. I thought if you asked they would cut it for you? Uh-oh idk if I trust myself with a saw lol. Anyone who tried this what was the toughness level of this project 1-5, 5 being the hardest?

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    8. I forgot to add this thank you for your tutorial. I came across your page by accident and I am thinking it's fate lol. I totally love your page!

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    9. Thank you for this post.. I will be making one soon.. Did you stick the paper with the alphabets or did you stencil cut them and stuck them on paper?

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