Monk: I see letters!
Natalie: It’s alphabet soup. -Monk
Back when my parents were here and we were building the built in bookshelves, we had a bunch of leftover wood. My dad got the bright idea to cut them into little blocks, so that I could make DIY wooden blocks for the nursery.
The blocks have been sitting on my craft table just waiting to be painted. Unfortunately, I only had 23 blocks, instead of 26. The horror. Now I could have gone out and bought the 3 remaining blocks, but I worried that they’d look drastically different from the ones I already had. So with a little planning, (thanks Emmy & Janette for your helpful suggestions!) I managed to put all the letters of the alphabet on the blocks I had. I did 2 letters for each block, which came to 13 blocks. That left me with enough left over to do duplicates of the most common letters, so later on Piglet can spell out words. You know, when he’s 1, and a total genius baby (lol!!)
In retrospect, I should have sanded them better before starting to paint. I ended up sanding after, and then painting sections over. If you try these yourself, I recommend sanding, sanding, and then sanding some more!
I started by painting the blocks a combination of blue, green and gray, to go with the nursery color scheme. Then I sketched out each letter, shape, number and animal.
see how sharp the corners were? I had to sand those all way down. Live and learn!
The animals were definitely the hardest; both coming up with an animal for each letter (quick, what animal starts with X?) and actually sketching them on the block. This little fox is one of my favorites.
After I sketched, I painted each block with acrylic paint, and then outlined them with black pen to make them pop.
Here they are almost finished. I decided to paint each side with either a letter, animal, shape or number.
After they’d dried I coated each block with modge podge to make them non-toxic for littles. I figure at first Piglet will be much more interested in gnawing on them than playing with them. I’m a little sad because the modge podge caused some smearing, but maybe it adds to their charm?
Piglet may not care much about the blocks, but I think they’ll be great for nursery decor and for the baby shower, which is just 3 weeks away! Squeal!
Here is the finished set. I am so happy with them! I kind of want to play with them now. 🙂