Outside of being able to bring life into this world, decorating your nursery, and choosing registry items might be the most exhilarating tasks you’ll take on in your 9 months of pregnancy. Keeping up with the modern times, it’s probably no secret we’ve all developed a hatred for primary color/jungle themed corny baby items. So while searching for non-essential items to add to our registry I found a gorgeous set of wooden alphabet blocks. They were gender-neutral, Scandinavian inspired, and of course…ridiculously priced. I’m talking $40-50 ridiculous. As stay-at-home orders were issued and continued, I decided to make use of my Cricut and my new-found weekend downtime to create baby’s own set. Surprisingly enough, a lot of thought went into the planning and execution, so I wanted to pass on my knowledge.
How many letters go on a baby block? Which letters should I put on my baby blocks? What font should I use for my baby block? What front size should I put on my baby blocks? Should I include numbers on my baby blocks? How to make alphabet blocks?
- 1.5-inch Wood Cubes
- Craft Machine (I have a Cricut Explore) to cut the letters OR buy these Pre-Made Stickers
- White Baby Safe Paint (or whatever paint colors you plan to use)
- Varnish or Mod Podge
- Craft Paint Brushes or Sponges
- Cricut Weeding Tool
For the Blocks:
Starting with the obvious. There were 36 blocks in my set. Each block has 6 sides. Here’s how we decided to divvy up the block sides:
- Each block should get three different letters, a paint-free blank side, a solid color painted side, and a fun design side.
- From there we researched that E, A, R, I, O, T, N, S, L, and C were the most commonly used letters. It’s also best to consider baby’s name and which letters you’ll frequently be putting together. (We also wanted two sets of 0-9 number possibilities.
- My husband helped break down the alphabet/number combinations for me. Bless him. Here’s what we came up with.
- Using your craft machine, cut the necessary letters, numbers, and (optional) designs out. If you don’t have a craft machine use those sticker options from above.
- Font Size: 1-inch.
- Font: Ariel Black.
- Firmly press the letter/number/design combos on their respective block sides.
- Use the Mod Podge and apply a thin coat over the letter/number/design stickers. This will deter any bleeding from the paint step. I find it’s always best to paint away from the stickered lines. Dry for 15+ minutes.
- Apply a layer of paint over the letter/number/design block sides. Don’t forget to choose a solid color side to paint and to keep one side blank!
- Dry for your paint can’s recommended time. 1+ hour.
- Once completely dried, removed the vinyl letter/number/designs. I used the Cricut Weeder. (You’ll absolutely need something similar to this tool.)
- Coat blocks in a your clear mod podge varnish. You’ll probably need a couple coats.
- Let those dry for 15+ minutes between layers.