Nov 142010
 


Last month, Julie and I spent a weekend in my apartment, crafting up a storm, making some headway on Handmade Christmas 2010.  I asked her to share a tutorial of one of the projects we worked on so that you all could learn how to make these adorable gifts as well! Take it away, Julie!

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As I mentioned on Savvy Eats, I recently made my nephew some jungle-themed blocks with his name on them for Homemade Christmas.  They were so simple to make, and turned out adorably.  Plus, I know they will mean more to him in the long-run than store-bought blocks would.  Now you, too, can make blocks with any theme for the kids in your life!

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You Will Need:
1 ½” – 2” square wooden blocks
Mod Podge
Foam-pad brush
Decorative paper
Letter and number stickers

Instructions:

Cut out one square of paper for each side of each block.  You can have all the sides of a block match or you can mix them up. 

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When all of your paper is cut out and you have decided which pieces are going on which block, get out your Mod Podge and brush.  Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto one face of a block. 

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Top with one square of paper, and brush another layer of Mod Podge over it. 

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Repeat on 4 sides going around the block, and set aside to dry for 20-30 minutes.   Repeat with remaining blocks.

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When the Mod Podge is dry, cover the remaining two sides of each block.  Add your letters and numbers if you are using them. 

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  • [Then Heather Suggests: if you don’t have stickers, consider an alphabet stamp, or give your own handwriting a try.]

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Apply a second and third layer of Mod Podge to each block, allowing it to dry between coats. 

  • Savvy Tip:  Apply gently so that the brush doesn’t remove the stickers from the blocks.

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The blocks should be completely dry within an hour.  However, the Mod Podge may remain slightly sticky for a few weeks, so make these in advance if you can!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE these blocks! Definitely making them for my niece as a Christmas gift. Thanks for the step-by-step instruction!

  4. I absolutely LOVE these blocks! Definitely making them for my niece as a Christmas gift. Thanks for the step-by-step instruction!

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