Sunday, September 4, 2011

How To: Baby Blocks

As soon as we figured out the baby's name, I knew that I wanted to hang his name above his crib. I thought about buying/painting the wooden blocks, but then I was inspired by this blog and decided to try my hand at painting my own.

I am NOT a painter. I'm not particularly artistic, but I am talented enough to handle simple techniques. Especially those that rely heavily on painters tape.

The entire process took a long time-- at least several weeks. I actually started them in June, before we decided on our name because I knew that all three of our top name contenders were 7 letters long.

For the project, I purchased a 7 pack of 12x12 canvases from Michaels with a 40% off coupon. Michaels sells 7 for $19.99 prior to the coupon so they were a total steal. I also purchased two bottles of green paint, two bottles of navy blue paint, 2 bottles of light blue paint, and a large bottle of white paint. The paint may have set me back an additional $5.00 (I bought them on sale as well).

The next step required a lot of measuring and a lot of taping. The inside squares are all 5 inches x 5 inches. I'm not sure why I went with that, but after a lot of measuring/taping.. that looked best. The navy blue paint was a bit of a pain and required many, many coats. Thankfully, the light blue and green went on like a dream.

After I finished the squares in the squares, it was time for (you guessed it..) MORE TAPING! I used tape to make the stripes and a circle foam brush (found at all craft stores) to make the polka dots. This part was the most fun!

For the letters, I scoured the internet for stencils large enough to fill in the squares and they were all at least 20 bucks each. I know that, that isn't a TON of money. Especially since something similar to what I made would cost at least 75 dollars on etsy, but I didn't want to wait and didn't think that 20 dollars was worth it for a stencil that I would use once. I have teacher handwriting, so I decided to give it a go... I ended up painting all of the letters free hand. They aren't incredibly perfect, but I'm okay with that. They look pretty darn good for free hand. I wrote out each individual letter in pencil, before going over it with at least 3-4 coats of white paint.

Overall, I'm so incredibly excited about how they turned out! I like that they aren't perfect, and I think that they will grow with him as the design isn't too cutesy.

Now, I only hope that they go with the bedding that we picked out, as the blocks hang RIGHT above the crib (we have yet to buy bedding). I'm a tiny bit worried that I should have gone with red rather than green, but we'll do what we can to make it work!

Fingers crossed that it all comes together handsomely!


Unknown said...

These are so cute! I am amazed that you hand painted the letters...they look great! :)

Vicki said...

This came out fabulous!!! I am impressed as my DIY skills are non-existant!!! Well done! :-)

Unknown said...

absolutely adorable! great job!

Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} said...

Wow, looks fantastic! The letters really did turn out beautifully! I'm impressed at your freehandedness. Little Grayson has one talented momma!

PattyAnn said...

These are fantastic! And um, they look like they cost a fortune! You are talented, girl!

Unknown said...

So cute! I love these and love that you made them. You are so crafty girl.

Christina Cadden said...

Love them!! You did an awesome job!!! P.S. I changed my blog. I am now over at

Anonymous said...

I think that these are so cute and I love the color choices. Great Job!

ms. mindless said...

Love the blocks and LOVE the name!

Dancy said...

Lookit YOU going all Martha Stewart on us. LOL j/k They look great!! :)

Debbie said...

Dang girl! Those look AWESOME! So jealous! LOVE his name, too! I have a cousin named Grayson, or, that would have been a contender for us. :)

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