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Friday, June 17, 2011

{custom family blocks}

My poor friend Angie. I don't think she's ever going to have a present from me that she hasn't seen online first, lol! Her birthday was this week, and I wanted to make her something fun.

I {love} these blocks!

 

They are really simple to make, and can be customized for any family.  How fun would these be for a Super Saturday project?

I thought about using a picture on one of the blocks, but I was trying to be sneaky, and I couldn't find one of her family to use ahead of time. I think it would be really cute though--either on one of the blocks in the front, or even on the backs of the blocks, so they are reversible!

Custom Family Blocks


ITEMS YOU NEED:
  • 4x4 post, cut into 4 perfect square blocks
  • spray paint
  • stain
  • vinyl
  • ribbon
DIRECTIONS:
1.  Make sure your posts are cut into perfect squares.  Measure the height of the post first, to see how tall it it--it will vary from post to post.  When you know how tall it is, then you cut it into blocks.  Home Depot will also do this for you, if you ask.

2.  Spray paint the blocks, then let completely dry.  Sand, sand, sand!  I use a power sander and go over all the edges, plus the all the sides.

3. If your blocks are cream or white, you really want to be careful with how much stain you apply.  Take a lint- free rag, dip it into the stain, then blot it quite a few times--until all the excess is gone.  Carefully apply it to each block.

4. Once the stain is dry, you're ready to add the vinyl!  I used my Silhouette to cut the vinyl, (FONTS=Century Gothic and Tingle Institute) but if you are looking for a place to order from, try Writings on the Wall--I've used them forever, and they're great! Tie a ribbon around either all of the blocks, or just one, like I did.

Ta-da!  Adorable family blocks!

.....

 Kierste

20 Comments:

Blogger lauren@warmandfuzzy said...

This is the cutest idea..I love all the block ideas I have seen online everywhere! These are adorable!

June 17, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Cayenne Paper said...

So cute- will definitely have to try this one! Do you cut your vinyl with a machine, like a Cricut? I haven't done this yet and really should try it out.

June 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger *katie said...

I LOVE everything you do! Thanks for sharing!

June 17, 2011 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

The blocks look fantastic, this is such a wonderful idea! Definitely bookmarking for Christmas presents, I know its early but usually I leave everything until last minute! Thanks for sharing

June 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff said...

I love love this idea Kierste!!!

June 17, 2011 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Flannery @ Three Sisterz said...

super duper idea!! may be perfect for my first silhouette project:)!

June 17, 2011 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Price is Right said...

super cute! love it!

June 17, 2011 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Super Duper cute...

June 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

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June 17, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Sorry.....I love your block project....it is very creative :)

June 17, 2011 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Chessa said...

What a great idea! I'll have to remember this for later.

June 17, 2011 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger The Allen Family said...

That is SO cute!! And I just got a box full of blocks from my dad. Perfect! :)

June 18, 2011 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Krystal said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this on Sassy Sanctuary today. Love it!

June 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger L Johnson said...

Darling! Lucky friend you have;0)

June 19, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Very cute. You always have such great ideas. I may have to give this a try.

June 20, 2011 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Lissa said...

Love love love this! Adding to my project to-do list. I'm loving my Silhouette. Have you thought about doing some articles on optimal settings for your Silhouette? I swear I have more trouble just getting the settings right so it cuts properly. I would love to hear your advice on successful cutting!

June 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger BrightDaisy said...

Awesome, could barely sleep last night thinking about how many of these I could make for christmas gifts !!! I thrive on that kind of excitement !!! Home depot cut my posts without complaint, can't say the same for the "blue" home store....Also, HD helped me decide on my first power sander, WOOOHOOOO

September 8, 2011 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Casa De Luna said...

I just found this post on Pinterest. What a great idea! Thanks!

October 11, 2011 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Hey Keirste,

I pinned these way back in June. Finally made my own. :) Love how they turned out. I posted about them today & linked back to you for my inspiration. :) Have a great weekend.

Ginger

http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/03/family-blocks-tutorial.html

March 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Emily @SweetlyScrapped said...

These are just great! I would (am going to) do a project really similar! Thank you so much for sharing :)

March 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM  

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