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Craft Time: Alphabet Blocks

November 14, 2010

Last month, Julie and I spent a weekend in my apartment, crafting up a storm, making some headway on Handmade Christmas 2010.  I asked her to share a tutorial of one of the projects we worked on so that you all could learn how to make these adorable gifts as well! Take it away, Julie!


As I mentioned on Savvy Eats, I recently made my nephew some jungle-themed blocks with his name on them for Homemade Christmas.  They were so simple to make, and turned out adorably.  Plus, I know they will mean more to him in the long-run than store-bought blocks would.  Now you, too, can make blocks with any theme for the kids in your life!


You Will Need:
1 ½” – 2” square wooden blocks
Mod Podge
Foam-pad brush
Decorative paper
Letter and number stickers


Cut out one square of paper for each side of each block.  You can have all the sides of a block match or you can mix them up. 

When all of your paper is cut out and you have decided which pieces are going on which block, get out your Mod Podge and brush.  Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto one face of a block. 


Top with one square of paper, and brush another layer of Mod Podge over it. 


Repeat on 4 sides going around the block, and set aside to dry for 20-30 minutes.   Repeat with remaining blocks.

When the Mod Podge is dry, cover the remaining two sides of each block.  Add your letters and numbers if you are using them. 


  • [Then Heather Suggests: if you don’t have stickers, consider an alphabet stamp, or give your own handwriting a try.]

Apply a second and third layer of Mod Podge to each block, allowing it to dry between coats. 

  • Savvy Tip:  Apply gently so that the brush doesn’t remove the stickers from the blocks.


The blocks should be completely dry within an hour.  However, the Mod Podge may remain slightly sticky for a few weeks, so make these in advance if you can!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2010 2:24 pm

    I absolutely LOVE these blocks! Definitely making them for my niece as a Christmas gift. Thanks for the step-by-step instruction!


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