Hi there! It’s Shannon from Madigan Made again and I'm back to share another simple decoupage craft. I don’t think I've told you this, but my husband and I are expecting our first baby later this summer! We are so excited and I've been working on a bunch of projects for our little girl’s nursery. I recently made these easy DIY alphabet blocks to decorate her room.
This block craft is a very easy Mod Podge project that can be tackled at any craft level. It would be a perfect beginner project if you are looking for a simple kids craft to try this summer with your family. What’s great about this project is that you (or your child) can customize these blocks however you want. The blocks can match a room’s décor or your child can cut out their favorite pictures, stickers or patterns to make the blocks their own.
Easy DIY alphabet blocks
- Small wooden blocks
- White craft paint
- Mod Podge Matte formula (or Hard Coat for added durability)
- Scrapbook paper, in coordinating patterns and colors
- Alphabet stickers or cut-out shapes
- Scissors or paper cutter
Steps to make alphabet blocks:
Using scissors or a paper cutter, cut out small squares of paper that will fit snugly on each side of the blocks. You can also use letter stickers or shapes if you desire to make an ‘alphabet’ block. I used two letters on each block and covered the other four sides with pretty paper.
Paint each block with one to two coats of paint. This color will serve as a base color that will potentially show along the edges of the paper squares or behind your letters. Allow the paint to dry.
Brush a coat of Mod Podge on one side of a block and press either a paper square or letter shape over the glue. Smooth out any bubbles and allow to dry. Repeat this step on all of your other blocks. Then, begin to work your way around all the surfaces of each block to cover the sides of each one. You may have to work in stages to allow one side to dry before working on the opposite side of the block.
Once all of the block sides have decoration on them and are dry, go back and apply one to two more coats of decoupage over all of the surfaces. Again, you may have to work in stages to allow for drying time before flipping to the other side.
Set your cute alphabet blocks out as décor or play with them!
We are planning to use our blocks as décor on a shelf only for the first year or two with our babe. It will be fun to look and handle them with her together.
NOTE: Mod Podge is non-toxic and water based, so it is safe for children to handle and to craft with. Older kids can definitely play with these blocks, but I would supervise very young children with them. If possible, I would not let them put the blocks in their mouth for more that a brief moment since Mod Podge is not food safe.