DIY Wooden Alphabet Blocks

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.

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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. 🙂

DIY Alphabet Blocks: dategirldiaries.com

 

 

 

 

 

13 Comments

    Meghan Furst

    These blocks are Totally Awesome!! Wow – you are so talented. Lucky baby. How long did all that take you to sand, paint, design & modge podge?

    Emmy

    Those turned out great! Love them. And that fox is impressive! I cannot draw animals at all. They will be even more special since you made them.

    Jill

    Your Piglet is so lucky to have such a talented, crafty Mommy!! What a sweet idea, and so much more personal than just buying a set of blocks. I love them!!!

    Brittany

    These are so amazing, color me impressed. This is totally a pinterest project, you should post it. This is such a great toy for your son, something he can keep always 🙂

    Dandy

    Holy shit. I mean, did you seriously draw and paint that?!

    Steph

    Wow! Those are adorable!

    Jenny

    OMG these are freaking awesome! You are seriously so crafty, not something that I can relate to at all LOL! They’re great and Piglet is definitely going to love them so much!

    Janette @ www.thejohansonjourney.com

    I think these turned out so well!! The fact that you hand made them for him is the most special part of all. As an adult now, its the little things like the blocks that will always be apart of his childhood and great memory for him to hold on to or even pass on to his kids!!
    Great job!! I think the unicorn and snake were my favorites.

    MiMi

    ADORABLE!!! You are talented!

    Charlotte

    Awwwww, EEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Those are SOOOO adorable! You are incredibly talented/creative, my dear. Piglet will have lots of fun with these blocks 🙂

    phoebe

    these blocks came out amazing! you are so talented 🙂 piglet will love them, especially when he’s older and knows how much love went into them 🙂

    Ally

    So impressive! These are going to be such great teaching tools (or teething blocks:).

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