When my friend Amy, gave birth to her 7th child, Garin, I decided it was time to try my hand at crafting a baby gift, rather than my old standby of diapers, wipes and/or baby clothes. Not only was it a more one of a kind gift, but more from the heart as well!
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What You’ll Need:
clear paper (vellum?), vinyl, stickers or something to make letters with
First, I had a 2×2 that I cut into squares….we didn’t even measure it, just eyed it. But…if you want to be precise, you will want to measure it.
I cut them using my chop saw….that looks something like this:
but mine is much older than this one! After I chopped the 5 blocks, I used my belt sander (like the one pictured above) to get them nice and smooth. I just turned the sander on, laid it on the table and held each block up to the sandpaper until it was nice and smooth on all sides. Don’t obsess about this….as the sides will also be covered.
After sanding the blocks down, I painted the blocks white as I knew the corners would be showing and I didn’t want them to be wood colored. You could easily leave them wood colored if you prefer it like that!
While they were drying, I got out my boys scrapbook paper and cut squares, just slightly smaller than each side of the wood was. It just so happened that my Creative Memories Square cutter was the perfect size, so I didn’t have to measure or anything. I used a different color/design of paper for each side.
Once the paint was dry, I began using Mod Podge to stick each of the squares onto each side of the wood. I then found the font I liked and printed his name onto some clear vellum type paper (although I think it was heavier than vellum) that I had in my scrapbooking stash. I cut each of those letters out and Mod Podged them onto one of the matching sides of the blocks. After it was all dry, I put an extra layer of Mod Podge on to hopefully protect it a little and then you can spray it with some kind of sealer, too.
To see how we built our own dining room table where we eat our meals, see this post.