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Project

Baby Wooden Blocks

Make these adorable baby blocks from crafter Ashley Steele for your child, and they'll be the coolest kid on the block.

Introduction

You can purchase the decorative paper and letters, numbers, and embellishments at basicgrey.com. For all other tools and materials, please visit hiccupinc.com or Michaels stores.

Materials

  • 3 1/4-inch square wood block
  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage 
  • Paintbrush
  • Decorative paper
  • Emery board
  • Letters, numbers, and embellishments
  • Sponge

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Sand the wooden block with sandpaper to prepare it for painting.

  2. Step 2

    Paint the block with the color you've selected. Allow to dry.

  3. Step 3

    Cut 6 pieces of decorative paper to 3 1/4 inch.

  4. Step 4

    Glue the paper to each side of the block using all-purpose decoupage glue. Allow the glue to dry.

  5. Step 5

    Sand edges and corners of paper with an emery board.

  6. Step 6

    Paste the letters, numbers, and embellishments to the block using the same technique.

  7. Step 7

    Sponge the edges of the paper with paint to give it texture and an antique look.

  8. Step 8

    Paint another coat of decoupage glue all over the block to seal. Allow to dry.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008

Reviews (39)

  • Kimber76ly 23 Jul, 2012

    I have been making these wooden block crafts lately. They are definitely not actually for babies to use to play with. They are a fence post cut down to a smaller size and weigh way too much to actually let a baby play with. Definitely for decoration only. The fence posts can be found at Home Depot or Lowe's. I got mine for less than $8 and have at least 20 blocks. The posts are advetised at 4x4 but when you actually measure it it is about 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.

  • HeatherMD 6 Jul, 2012

    I agree, the skull and cross bones --not appropriate. Martha can do better!

  • Mommyto3girls 6 Jun, 2012

    Although the blocks are pretty it should really state that they are decoration only. *IMPORTANT* Mod podge is not safe for kids to put in their mouths. I called the company to confirm. Whoever wrote this article should have too.

  • melebev 7 Mar, 2012

    where can I buy the 3 1/4 inch wooden blocks?

  • mookiesmom 7 Mar, 2012

    Cute craft but, as someone who has a friend whose baby passed from SIDS I have always found the skull and crossbones quite tacky and I'm surprised Martha would use such a "trendy" item.

  • karengbwi 7 Mar, 2012

    This is a great craft but I think if marketing the craft as "baby blocks" I would choose a better photo than one with skulls and crossbones and such...would LOVE to see them made up with vintage baby images. Otherwise, how fun! I think I'm going to try to make them!

  • mommamascorrobear 7 Mar, 2012

    Be sure to use safe glues and wood that is properly dried for any product created for an infant.

  • Muzcreations 30 Sep, 2011

    wow..wish I could make them with felt?????
    www.wix.com/muzmuzcreations/spanish
    www.flickr.com/photos/muzmuz

  • Cinderwench 23 Aug, 2011

    You can use shellac to make them drool-proof. Shellac is commonly used on wood toys.

  • nest2 7 Apr, 2011

    I just purchased 2 1/2 inch wooden blocks for this project from www.caseyswood.com, and they are perfect. Incredibly smooth, great quality, would highly recommend. Nancy

  • saradono 29 May, 2010

    These are absolutely adorable! I ended up just buying a wood plank and they cut it free for me into 3inch squares. So for $15 I got 26 squares. worth it! made adorable baby shower decor!

  • saradono 13 May, 2010

    Where can I buy the blocks??? I can't seem to find anything even close to this size. Please help.

  • KathrynMargaret 7 Dec, 2009

    I would like to make these for my niece. However, she's teething and I'm afraid that she'll put the blocks in her mouth! Does anyone know if Mod Podge is harmful to babies in that way?

  • 11866409 30 Sep, 2009

    Skulls are in style and it isn't like this one is scary at all. It's simple....if you don't like skulls, don't put them on the ones you make=)

  • lazysecretary 2 May, 2009

    I agree with elenamarie! Besides, why do baby items always have to be sweet?

  • elenamarie 17 Feb, 2009

    I disagree with HeatherMD,skulls are notalways morbid. In the Mexican culture we celebrate Dia de los Muertos, and it actually teachers our children to be close to relatives that may have passed away and continue to celebrate their lives. My son is not afraid of skulls

  • HeatherMD 17 Feb, 2009

    This project looks great. But Martha, in the photo you have a skull and crossbones baby block--that's morbid and not in character with the sweet Martha baby ideas you usually have.

  • aspmom 15 Jan, 2009

    Some people are just so recourceful!!! Love it-- and her darling kid and dogs! I wish they would move to where I live so we could hang out! She seems like so muchfun!

  • threemoonbabies 19 Dec, 2008

    super cute! What a great idea!

  • Sici 9 Dec, 2008

    I purchased the kit from Asley Steele, via Etsy website-hiccup decor, and it is lovely. Ashley is VERY helpful

  • Sici 9 Dec, 2008

    I purchased the kit from Asley Steele, via Etsy website-hiccup decor, and it is lovely. Ashley is VERY helpful

  • terpgirly 3 Nov, 2008

    does anyone know how to drool-proof these blocks?

  • terpgirly 3 Nov, 2008

    does anyone know how to drool-proof these blocks?

  • terpgirly 3 Nov, 2008

    thank you so much for the suggestions :)

  • jenniferaboston 26 Oct, 2008

    I sell them in my Etsy shop. They are 1.5" across. Perfect for little hands! :)

    www.TheCraftyDragonfly.etsy.com

    Warmly,
    jennifer

  • terpgirly 12 Oct, 2008

    can anyone tell me where to buy the wooden blocks? i live in md and can't seem to find them. i checked michaels but they don't seem to carry them. i would really appreciate any suggestions-thanks!!

  • CallyeT 10 Oct, 2008

    I love this project. I have adapted it to all types of kid's room decor. I try letter to hang on the wall, bold plaques, a great use for all that beautiful paper on the scrap booking isle! Also great for other areas in the house

  • connieg 5 Oct, 2008

    I love this, I see Christmas gifts for granddaughters. Off the subject a wee bit, am I the only one who finds the advertising on the right side annoying annoying and distracting, I'm referring to the one that moves around, the "trysensa" I opened the page in the print preview function so I could read it and not have to deal with it. But haven't found a way to watch the video and not have it there.

  • hjm 29 Aug, 2008

    Has anyone tried something other than Modge Podge? My experience was that it yellowed the white paper I applied it to (on a ceramic tile). Thanks!

  • dets 11 Aug, 2008

    These are cool to make using kid's photos printed onto regular paper. Enlarge to fit a set of 9 blocks, cut to fit blocks and make it a puzzle. Or use a drawing one of the kids did. Use the original or scan and print it. Since a block has 6 sides, you could do 6 different drawings or photos or a combination. What a GREAT project that would be. DETS

  • msddesign 8 Jul, 2008

    I am totally in love with these! I'm trying to devise a "grown-up" version so I can decorate MY room! Also, Ashley's website and Etsy shop are delightful.

  • Sascha 2 May, 2008

    I LOVED this project! I made these for a double baby shower, and the mamas to be loved them. They were the hit of the party. So easy to do and so personal. I like giving things that I have made as gifts. So cute I want some for myself-cute in the craft room. Thank you!!!!

  • Katjewave 30 Apr, 2008

    I can't wait to try this especially since I found scraps of 4X4's in my storage shed... how fortuitous is that?
    Photos would be great and would really personalize the project...thanks for the suggestion.

  • helpdeskgirl 21 Apr, 2008

    I like the wooden blocks- how about adding pictures to them I like to have a picture of mommy,daddy or baby. They also make great paper weights by adding a picture to every side.

  • giordano2 21 Apr, 2008

    Where do you find the wooden blocks for this? A lumber yard?

  • hornbecksmith 19 Apr, 2008

    I made these and had a BLAST doing it. I posted my blocks at www.thegauge.typepad.com

    Can't wait to make more - there are so many possibilities.

  • AuntJ 18 Apr, 2008

    Ooop! I accidentally tried to buy these cool blocks from the wrong company! In case anyone else was confused from the show--Basic Grey is the paper company, not the company that makes and sells the crafts. You can buy the blocks, and the other crafts shown on the show, from Ashley's Steel's company, Hiccup Inc, at www.hiccupinc.com.

  • CustomerRelations 17 Apr, 2008

    Video of the segments is posted the day after the segment airs, at 6 P.M. EST.

    The link (which will say "Video") will be posted on the photo of the wooden blocks.

  • spottylover 17 Apr, 2008

    I wish I would have seen this instead - I didn't want to see the pope.