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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

{teacher blocks...appreciation gift}

I made a set of seasonal blocks a couple years ago that I absolutely love, and I thought it would be really fun to turn them into a set of teacher blocks for appreciation gifts!

I designed the blocks to spell all the words below, but I'm sure you can find even more options!  I was also able to spell our elementary school name, and school mascot. These are SO easy to make, and any teacher would love to have them in their classroom.

I ♥

  • 4x4 post, cut into 10 perfect squares
  • spray paint
  • vinyl letters
  • sander/sandpaper

1.  I have some exciting news! Our local Lowe's has just recently started carrying untreated 4x4 posts, so if you've looked before, it might be time to check again.  However, this same Lowe's couldn't cut them, so it's worth calling and asking about before you go.  Remember, 4x4 posts aren't exactly 4 inches wide, so you'll need to measure it first before cutting--to make sure you'll have perfect squares. You'll need 10 squares.

2. Paint!  I sprayed mine cream first, let it dry, then added the red coat.  Red just speaks "school", don't you think?  Once the red was dry, I sanded the edges and a little on the faces, so the cream would show through. (Rustoleum Heirloom White and Colonial Red)

3.  After they were all sanded, I added my vinyl letters. The font I used is Pharmacy.  I chose it first because I love it, but also because all the letters (even the extending letters, like y, g, j, etc.) are the same size, and fit into the same space.  This means that you don't have to make those extending letters smaller so that they will fit on your block.

  This is how you'll need to arrange them:

 Block 1:  i, l, w, m
Block 2:  ♥, n, e, m
Block 3:. s, a, t, d
Block 4:  c, n, b, y
Block 5:  h, e, l, k
Block 6:  o, e, a, i
Block 7:  o, s, a, ♥
Block 8:  l, r, u,e
Block 9:  l, p, u,e
Block 10:  g, p, c, t

I also made this fun printable tag to go with them! (Right click on image, and select save as.)




Blogger Yvonne said...

Very cute.

May 1, 2012 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Becca @ The Sassy Penguin said...

I've been meaning to make a set of the seasonal blocks- now I have to make this set too! Great job. It looks great :)

May 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Nidya said...


May 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Dear Doodlez Designs said...

what is this font called? Love!

May 1, 2012 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . said...

These are adorable! I used your tutorial for seasonal blocks last year and love them. I'm a teacher so I definitely need a set of these to decorate my future classroom!

Thanks for sharing such great projects with your readers. I've been a follower for years but only just started my own blog in February.

Have a wonderful week!

May 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! As a teacher, I just might have to make myself a set and some for my teammates. Thanks for the idea and tutorial!

May 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger kierste said...

The font is called Pharmacy, and I actually wrote a little more about it in my post. I chose it because I love it, but because all the letters are the same size--even the extending letters--which means you don't have to make them a lot smaller than the other letters to fit them on the block.

May 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Kierste these are amazing! I can see students having fun with these blocks, on their teachers desk, trying to come up with new words. Thanks for sharing this! :)

May 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger blackdina said...

Way to be creative! and thanks for sharing!!!!

May 1, 2012 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I love this idea. Something new and fresh. Block letters are slso so fun in decor.

May 1, 2012 at 5:10 PM  

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