August 20, 2009

Name Blocks

DIY Day @ ASPTL

For "do it yourself day", I'm sharing some name blocks I made for my bloggy friend Rebekah. Rebekah's blog was one of the first adoption blogs I came across when we were in the process of praying about pursuing adoption. Her story & relationship with her son's birthmother is absolutely amazing and inspiring...they are both incredible women of God. She is such a beautiful writer, and she ministered to me in more ways than she'll ever know. So when she received her son, I wanted to celebrate with her and sent her a care package. One of the things I included in the package were these name blocks.

Unfortunately I don't have step-by-step pictures of making them, but I'll try to give you the basics, as it's actually really simple and inexpensive!! :)

The actual blocks are cut from a 2 x 4. (which, as it turns out, is not truly 4"....go figure.) I think the board was like $2, and you can get it at Lowe's or Home Depot, where they will also cut it down for you if you ask! :) So I had them cut mine 4 inches wide. (It gives you tons of blocks - I think I got like 32 from the piece I bought, so plenty to use for other projects.)

The next step is to sand them. It just makes them a little easier to paint, and gives a nicer finish. After that, paint them the color of your choice. (In this case, I did brown - more on that later.)

Now for the designs: I just used digital scrapbooking paper & elements to match Ty's room. I originally designed them 4 x 4, but as previously mentioned - the height was not actually 4", but more like 3&5/8ish. But it was easy to re-size and re-print (I used cardstock).

So after that, I just cut them down to size, and used Mod Podge to put the paper on the block. Let it dry, then apply a coat over the top of the paper as well. I also Mod Podged (so not a word but you know what I mean) the entire block to give it a more finished look. And that's it! Very easy, super cheap, but such a fun, personalized gift! Here are a few close-ups of the blocks:


You can go to Rebekah's blog to see how she displayed them in baby Ty's room. (Isn't he a doll?!) And yes, his room is definitely in BLACK not BROWN as my crazy eyes had thought they'd seen in the pictures of his nursery. Oops! :)

I would be glad to share the template I used to create this with anyone who would like it - either leave a comment or email me at sjg_ou@yahoo.com and I'll send it your way. Happy DIY day! :)

18 comments:

  1. those are so cute! I want some when I get my baby!

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  2. SOOO cute! What a great new mom gift!

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  3. What a great idea! They turned out so cute..I love some Mod Podge!

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  4. What a beautiful and unique gift! I love the pix of him in one of the blocks! Great job!

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  5. These are adorable! What a cute idea- great job!

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  6. Very sweet of you - love those blocks!

    What a great story of the 2 Rebekah's, right? And that little Ty is just precious!

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  7. Great GIFT!!! You did and awesome job!

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  8. I love it. I keep saying I'm going to make some of these but haven't yet. Thanks for the instrustions. :)Lisa
    kssnnikkel.blogspot.com

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  9. This was my favorite "welcome home baby" gift I received. SO COOL. SO CREATIVE. I don't care that they're brown and not black!

    Everyone that walks into Ty's nursery comments on them!

    I'm definitely going to make some in the future. Such a great idea!!

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  10. Those are precious! You did a great job and what a meaningful gift! I love things that are made for me! Good job!

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  11. Look at you with your new blog! Cute idea!

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  12. wow, I am impressed, what a great idea!

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  13. The blocks are great, and they really look terrific in Ty's room. You're a good friend :)

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  14. LOVE these blocks! What a great idea!!

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  15. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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