Are you the type of guest that likes to have an activity to do at a party? I totally am! Especially if you don’t really know that many people. An activity keeps you from looking spare and is also a great way to start conversations with the people doing it along with you. Win! Unfortunately sometimes craft activities leave a little too much up to the interpretation of the guests though and it doesn’t end up quite how you originally imagined it. Awkward!
These DIY wooden baby blocks were our solution for a recent baby shower. We really wanted to make a special gift for the soon-to-be-parents, but being very creative themselves, we wanted to guarantee that it would turn out well!
What You Need:
Wooden blocks (Similar cut blocks here. Ours were from a 4cmx4cmx150cm plank, that we got cut into 4cm pieces, making 4x4cm blocks)
Baby safe paint
Baby safe varnish
Masking tape for making patterns
Alphabet stickers (Similar pre-made stickers available here. I cut mine from vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo, you can download my file here, free for personal use only. Please note, the file will only work with Silhouette Studio, so you’ll need a Silhouette die cutting machine to cut your own stickers with it.)
Pattern stickers (optional, I cut these from vinyl too, using circles and triangles. To get the separate shapes to stick in the correct place we used transfer tape)
What To Do:
If you’re doing the baby blocks as a DIY baby shower activity, place all the stickers, paint, sponges and blocks out on a table and make a clear instructions page:
- Select 3 letters, sticking each onto one side of your block.
- Select one pattern sticker, or use masking tape to make your own pattern on one side of the block.
- Paint over the 3 letters, pattern sticker and paint one full side in your colour.
- Leave one side paint-free.
- Leave the stickers on the block and allow it to dry.
It’s also helpful to make a few blocks as samples, helping to guide guests through the process.
Once fully dry, remove the stickers and coat with baby safe varnish. To prevent varnish sticking to your drying surface, do each coat in two steps.
How do you think they turned out? I think they’re pretty darn cute!
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