We decided that this year that we wanted to try something new for all the gifts we are giving this season. Nearly all of the presents that our loved ones will receive from the De Groff’s was Thrifted, Crafted or Serviced. It was a great way to be more eco-friendly and save a bunch of money. I was really lucky because I was able to grab some super cute things at a few thrift stores for Harper but I still wanted to make her something special. I can’t sew or crochet but I can Modge Podge like no other so I decided on baby blocks. I grabbed 6 wood blocks at Micheal’s (they were $1.25 a piece but I had a 25% off coupon), rummaged through my stash of scrapbook paper and stickers, grabbed my handy jar of Modge Podge and got started. I cut 6 squares out of 6 different patterns of paper so each block side had a different print on it.
I applied a thin layer of Modge Podge on the block then added a letter sticker on each block. I did each pattern at a time. I left one block without a letter on each type of paper. Once all 6 blocks had the paper and the sticker on them I added another thin coat of Modge Podge over the block to seal it together. I found that if I applied the sealing coat right away it bubbled a bit so once I experimented with doing all the blocks first and when I was finished with the 6th block I sealed the 1st one and so on…. it worked a lot better. It took me about two days because I did 3 sides one night and the other three the next. I am sure you could do it all at once but I just wanted to give each side the proper time to dry before moving on. The Modge Podge is a non-toxic sealant so it can be left as-is but I plan on finding a better way to seal it against the baby drool. If anyone has a great product to suggest I am ALL ears 🙂
So here is one fun, easy, and super cheap DIY that you can make for your little. I used ABC stickers but you could use pictures, shapes, anything and make it a learning tool as well!