Personalized Baby Blocks

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A good friend of mine created the cutest baby announcement cross stitch project for each new baby that’s come into their family, and they are proudly on display in her home. I love the idea of having a child’s birth information displayed, so I created these darling personalized baby blocks–perfect as a baby gift for a new mom, or for your own child’s nursery or room. This is a simple project with a fabulous finish!

Personalized Baby Blocks | simplykierste.com
Aren’t they so fun?  I think any new mom would love these baby blocks for her baby, and you can make them in any color scheme to match any nursery! Gray, pink, navy, orange, turquoise…so many options!
Personalized Baby Blocks | simplykierste.com
I made these a couple of years ago, and used vinyl for al the details.  However, when I make them again, I will probably use the negative space of my vinyl, and stencil the info on instead.  Either way is just fine, and a personal preference, although I’ve found that stenciling helps it last a little longer.

SUPPLIES:

  • 4×4 post, cut into perfect squares
  • spray paint
  • vinyl lettering OR the negative space for a stencil + craft paint
  • ribbon
  • sander

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Cut the 4×4 post into four perfect square blocks.  Make sure to measure the width of the post first–they aren’t actually 4 inches across, and can vary in size, but usually around 3.5 inches. Once you know the width, you can cut the length accordingly, to be a perfect square.  Remember, most large home improvement stores will cut these for you, and it’s worth asking a smaller, local store as well. I’ve also had a lot of questions about only being able to find treated posts, which are kind of a green color.  Those are fine, and that’s what I use, since it’s typically the only kind that hardware stores carry.  It’s worth asking your store, just in case, but if not, you can still use them.  Once you paint them, you won’t even know!  Occasionally they might be a little damp, so putting them out for a day or so to dry is helpful.

2.  Spray paint your blocks, and let dry completely.  You can use craft paint, but I highly recommend using pray paint.  It is MUCH faster, and requires less coats–craft paint tends to absorb very quickly. Once the paint has dried, use your sander to distress the edges of your blocks.

3.  I used my Silhouette to cut out my vinyl, but you could use another type of cutting machine, or order it from a company who sells vinyl. (Font = Typewriter) You can either use the vinyl itself, or the negative space as a stencil, and use craft paint to stencil the info on. You’ll probably need a few coats, then let it dry completely and remove the stencil.

4. Tie ribbon around one of the blocks, ta-da, you’re done!

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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

11 thoughts on “Personalized Baby Blocks

  1. I LOVE THE BLOCKS…..CAN’T WAIT TO PUT MY BOY FRIEND TO WORK CUTTING THEM OUT FOR ME…. THANKS FOR SHARRING…… LOVE YOUR SITE…

  2. Hi! I love these blocks and am going to make a version of these for my son’s hospital door hanger. I was looking for stencils to use to create the letters that look like yours, but I’m coming up empty handed as none of the ones I found look the same. Do you have a suggestion as to where I could find a set of stencils that would look the same?
    Thank you for your post!!

  3. Personalized baby blocks would make such a cute gift for a baby shower! The cute text on these blocks would also be cool to print on a little tiny t-shirt. My sister is pregnant right now, so I’ll have to keep this in mind for a gift idea.

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