Alphabet blocks can be a unique and customizable gift for a child or Mom-to-be.
I made two sets as gifts, but these could also be a great baby shower activity.
I bought some 2 x 2s from the hardware store.
I started with a jig saw because it's not as scary as the circular,
then switched to the circular because it was taking way too long.
How not to DIY Alphabet blocks:
Sand the ends after each cut!
I realized this halfway through.
I could sand one end while it was still clamped to something stable,
then only have to sand one side by hand.
For this, I wore leather gloves and used a palm sander while holding each block.
This may cut down on just buzzing off blocks efficiently, but you'll appreciate it down the road.
I measured the blocks to be cut as long as they were wide.
I forgot I'd lose quite a bit of that to saw dust!
So they're not perfect.
Gives it character.
That's what I'm going with.
After all the blocks were sanded and the corners were rounded,
I got to Mod-Podging.
There's a great template for cute blocks at http://questionabledomestique.blogspot.com/2011/08/alphabet-blocks.html
I cropped those down to size and printed them out.
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge, lay the paper down, let it dry 20 minutes, then put another coat of Mod Podge on top. Apply 2 or 3 coats to ensure a good finish.
This took some time but was a good indoor-while-I-watch-TV winter activity.
My sister decorated her little girls room in the following colors.
To personalize, I added little images that were relevant to the parents.
I also did one side with all the family's faces.
We have a lot of K names, so it didn't quite work out that K stood for Kristen.
Below are the blocks for my friends new little boy.
I left one side wood on these because it looks neat and lets the parents customize.
I don't know how to add my template on here for the letter blocks.
I just used a Word document, inserted squares, filled with a color, and added a text box.
Please send me an e-mail if you're interested and I can send you my template where you can print or change colors.
These were a lot of fun to do and kid safe with Mod Podge.
Little Quincy is already playing with his.