These blocks are made using items found at almost any craft store.
Save tons of time by using stickers
for your letters and cute patterned papers from the
This is a great baby shower crafts project for guests, or a fun
homemade baby gifts project for siblings to help with.
wooden blocks or
cubes. I made 16 1 1/4
You'll want at least one block per shower guest.
- papers with
cute patterns and colors. I used
a mix of
colors that work for a baby boy or girl, but you can
make blocks to match any shower
or nursery theme.
stickers that fit your blocks-each block will use 2 letters.
- tiny pictures
or stickers for your blocks-you'll use 2 pictures per block.
- If you'd like
your own pictures and letters, please feel free to use these free baby
shower crafts PDF pages with letters and personalized baby block pictures
that I created for 1 1/4" blocks. I recommend using
colored pencils to color them in.
- decoupage paste
- non-toxic clearcoat
- sandpaper (optional)
- throw away
- craft paints
in at least 3 colors + white if you are using letter
stickers. . .
- you could also use colored paper as
the background for the letters and save yourself some time. Plan for 2
solid colored squares per block.
As you can see in the photo, I undercoated my blocks with white and then
painted most of the sides. In the end, this turned out to be
unnecessary, as the papers covered the sides very well.
would only need to paint or use solid color paper backgrounds for the
sides of your blocks that have letters.
First, cut all of your
papers and pictures to size. I like to create a sample of the baby shower crafts for the guests to refer to.
When planning and
blocks, I found it easiest to match
For example, the side opposite the U is also a letter. The side
the gingham is another pattern, and the side opposite the star is
If this is one of your baby shower crafts,
be sure to put out a sample, and offer some simple instructions for the guests.
Here is how a
traditional set of 15 blocks is arranged by
C/X, D/W, E/V, F/U, G/T, H/S, I/R, J/Q, K/P,
L/O, M/A, N/E, O/I
I selected letters, paper, etc.
but you can match them any way you wish.
Put out the glue and several brushes at a station that will
accommodate several shower guests at a time.
your work area with wax paper, as the decoupage paste is very sticky.
Important Tip: Don't
use newspaper, as it will end up getting stuck in your
curing glue and ruin your blocks.
(Don't ask me how I know this.)
For the final finish, coat
each side with a final layer of decoupage paste or non-toxic clearcoat spray.
This will help the stickers and papers to really bond to the surface of the blocks.
Lay them out on wax paper, leaving space between each block so that
they are not
touching each other. I like to use a cookie sheet lined with wax
paper for this. Allow to dry overnight. Flip and coat the other
side, and let cure well before stacking or storing (48-72 hours).
Finally, deliver this beautiful set of homemade baby gifts to the lucky Mother to be!