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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

{custom baby blocks}

A good friend of mine is expecting her eighth child (I know--she's superwoman), and in the weeks before she delivers, has been busy finishing up the cutest baby announcement cross stitch project for the new baby.  It has been a tradition for each of her children, and they are proudly on display in her home.

I love the idea of having a child's birth information displayed, so I created these darling baby blocks--perfect as a baby gift for a new mom, or for your own child's nursery or room. This is a simple project with a fabulous finish! 


I totally love them, and can't wait to make them for my own kids' rooms.

SUPPLIES:
  • 4x4 post, cut into perfect squares
  • spray paint
  • vinyl lettering
  • ribbon
  • sander
DIRECTIONS:

1.  Cut the 4x4 post into four perfect square blocks.  Make sure to measure the width of the post first--they aren't actually 4 inches across, and can vary in size.  Once you know the width, you can cut the length accordingly, to be a perfect square.  Remember, most large home improvement stores will cut these for you, and it's worth asking a smaller, local store as well. I've also had a lot of questions about only being able to find treated posts, which are kind of a green color.  Those are fine, and that's what I use, since it's typically the only kind that hardware stores carry.  It's worth asking your store, just in case, but if not, you can still use them.  Once you paint them, you won't even know!  Occasionally they might be a little damp, so putting them out for a day or so to dry is helpful.

2.  Spray paint your blocks, and let dry completely.  You can use craft paint, but I highly recommend using pray paint.  It is MUCH faster, and requires less coats--craft paint tends to absorb very quickly. Once the paint has dried, use your sander to distress the edges of your blocks.

3.  I used my Silhouette to cut out my vinyl, but you could use another type of cutting machine, or order it from a company who sells vinyl. (Font = Typewriter)

4. Tie ribbon around one of the blocks, ta-da, you're done!





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17 Comments:

Blogger Ginger said...

So cute! :) I really love all of your projects! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.

Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

February 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Aaron and Melissa said...

Oh I LOVE these!!

February 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Do you sell these? I'd love to give this to a friend but I don't have the supplies to make myself. It's gorgeous!!

February 21, 2012 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Britt said...

Oh my goodness... So long story short the baby name on the blocks is my future sons name! Pre-destined by tradition on my husbands side. we haven't started are family yet but I just had the biggest smile seeing the name already on something cute. Love your blog!

www.simplyadapting.blogspot.com

February 21, 2012 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Lassen & Company said...

These are adorable? Any chance you sell these? I'd be interested in purchasing one.

February 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Michelle Johnnie said...

Such a great idea! I love this! Perfect for a gift (or your own child). I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

February 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type said...

Adorable. Can't wait to check our your other stuff! Glad I found you.

February 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger gail said...

tooo cute! :)
thanks for sharing!
gail

February 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Omw, Kierste!!!! You were on Someday Crafts!!! You're a celebrity!!! WAY TO GO!!! (super cute blocks, by the way!)

February 22, 2012 at 1:10 AM  
Blogger marissa said...

these are absolutely fantastic I hope you'll stop by and add this and any other posts you're proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore and Made Link party (plus I hope to do a baby stuff round up sometime in the near future)

marissa
http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

February 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger lesley said...

wellofwords.com can make the vinyl for anyone that doesn't have their own machine to cut vinyl. They can either send you the vinyl so you can put everything together, or they will assemble it all for you! Just e-mail them for specific details :)

February 24, 2012 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Dianna Oshanyk said...

thank you so much for sharing these. I love this idea and can't wait to create one or several myself.

February 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Lookiewhatidid said...

Do you mind if I copy you! I love this idea...I will alter it a little though...your fabulous! I'll send a pic when I'm done!

February 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

These are adorable! What a great idea for a baby gift.

March 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Connie C. Rudolph said...

Ok...so I see that you use treated wood. Isn't the formaldehyde unsafe? I've been all over town today looking for alternatives b/c I'm sure my kids will have their hands all over these. Let me know...thanks.

March 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Lou said...

These are fabulous! My sister just had a baby and these are great.

July 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Brian and Shannon Murphy said...

Do you sell these? i would love to purchase a set from you.

August 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM  

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