Today, I decided to make some name blocks for my kiddos. Again, with my 4 year old in the process of learning her letters and words, I thought it would be fun to have the blocks to practice with. I started off with doing my sons name, though. His is the shortest. :)
You can purchase wood blocks at your local craft store, or you can do the Bob the Builder route and go to your local Home Depot and purchase a 2"x2"x board and cut it down. I'm sure that would be cheaper, but I have limited access to those things, so off to Michael's I went!
I purchased 4 blocks for $.79 each. Not bad, really, unless you have a super long name. I also had fun picking out some paper to mod podge on the blocks.
Simply trace your block on the paper to make squares for your blocks. I cut mine out slightly smaller than the outline, because I wanted to sand the corners down anyway.
After you glue all the paper onto the blocks, add your letter stickers (also purchase at Michael's for $2, but for all your Cricut lovers out there, I'm sure you could cut some out yourself!). I added another layer of mod podge over the outside and the stickers, to make it all shiny and cohesive.
After THAT layer dries, take your trusty power sander (or a simple sheet of sand paper), and sand off the edges until smooth. You will be sanding off some of the paper, but that's the novelty of the block, isn't it?
Once that's complete, you can either a) leave it the way it is (which is what I chose to do), or you can b) apply some light stain over the corners of your block for a more vintage feel. I think I will try this with my daughters blocks. I'll let you know how it turns out!
Come back tomorrow, for some more fun with children's projects!