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I’ve been obsessing over pink and white lately. Yup, that just so happens to be the colors I’ve chosen for baby Annabelle’s room. My mind has been filled with craft ideas that I would like to tackle for “project nursery” and I’m gleeful to finally be able to share one that I have completed.
Every baby needs baby blocks, right? Even in the digital age. They’re classic! My little girl just so happens to need pink baby blocks. So I made some. This Wooden Baby Blocks DIY is simple (thanks to Mod Podge) and it can be personalized to coordinate with any kind of nursery decor.
Let’s go supply shopping.
You will need wooden blocks, Mod Podge, paint, scrapbook paper, stickers and/or embellishments, sponge brushes, a nail file or sandpaper, a pencil (not shown), and scissors (not shown). Scroll to the bottom of this post for a cost breakdown and supply shopping info.
Use a nail file or sandpaper to gently sand the wood. This will prepare the blocks to be painted.
Paint the wooden blocks. I found it easiest to paint the block using a sponge brush. It doesn’t need to be perfect because only the edges will be seen. In fact, if you’d like to save paint you can just paint the edges instead of the entire block. Allow your painted wooden block to dry before proceeding.
Trace a side of your block onto your scrapbook paper using a pencil. Cut out the square. Repeat this step until you have 6 square cutouts per block. You have to use your math skills here! Ha!
Use a small sponge brush and Mod Podge (decoupage glue) to adhere the cutouts to each side of the wooden blocks. Smooth out any bubbles. Allow the glue to completely dry.
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Sponge 1 coat of Mod Podge over the entire block to seal it. Let the block dry.
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for These wooden baby blocks are so adorable and delightful. However, they aren’t toys so please display them in a place where tiny hands can’t reach. I’ll be sharing Annabelle’s nursery with you very soon if you are curious about how I styled the blocks in her room.
Make them for your little bundle of joy or as a baby shower gift. I’m working on a step by step video tutorial for these wooden baby blocks right now so if you’d like to make sure that you don’t miss that vlog post, please be sure to subscribe to my email list.
Mod podge away my friends! It’s completely addicting.
Handmade baby blocks can be uber expensive, especially if you buy them on Etsy. It’s much cheaper to make them on your own. I’ve broken down the costs to do this project and I’m sharing where to buy supplies the absolute cheapest way I’ve found. Most crafters already have paint sponges and white paint so I have left that out of the cost breakdown.
1. Mod Podge (16 oz.) – Amazon $7.67 -This bottle will last you for a very long time.
2. Natural Unfinished Hardwood 1.5″ Craft Wood Blocks (Set of 10) – Amazon $11.99 -This is cheaper than any craft store pricing I have seen.
3. Scrapbook Paper – Michaels – $1.00 each for a total of $5.00 -This was purchased during a sale on scrapbook paper.
4. Alphabet Stickers – Michaels – $2.99
Update: Here is a photo of Annabelle and her wooden blocks at her first birthday photo shoot. These blocks are fabulous as a photo prop!