Skip to Content

These Toy Wood Blocks Are Great Decor

Do you love decorating wood blocks? These map blocks are such a fun Mod Podge project – perfect for a kids’ room or bookshelf!

Skills Required: None. This is a perfect beginning Mod Podge project if you’ve never done it before. You’ll cut small squares of paper and decoupage to painted wood blocks.

These Toy Wood Blocks Are Great Decor

I’ve said before that I love Mod Podging with maps. It’s really one of my favorite things to do. Well, NBC/iVillage recently asked me to be a part of their 30 Days of HoliDIY and make some map blocks that you could give as presents.

Of course I said “where do I sign up?” They were published on the iVillage site and now I’m reproducing the tutorial here for you.

These map blocks are VERY easy to make . . . you just have to be careful not to fill your house with them because they are so fun. It’s a definite possibility.

Mod Podge, wood blocks, scissors, pencil, map, acrylic paint

DIY Wood Blocks

Gather These Supplies

  • Wood blocks, 1.5” x 1.5” or size desired
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Map printed paper or a real map
  • Acrylic paint in four coordinating colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
Trace one side on a piece of paper with a pencil

Step One: Place your wood blocks down on the back of the map paper and trace. You’ll want to cut two squares for each block.

Cut out a square on a map with scissors

Step Two: Cut out all of your squares, trim to fit and set aside.

Painting one side of a wood block with pink acrylic paint

Step Three: Paint each block with the acrylic paint of your choice. Leave two sides blank. Repeat and let dry.

Mod Podge a wooden block with a paintbrush

Step Four: Paint a coat of Mod Podge on one of the block sides with no paint. Quickly put a map square down and smooth out. Let dry for 15 – 20 minute and repeat with all of the blocks.

Paint Mod Podge on top of the map

Step Five: Coat all of your blocks with Mod Podge on all six sides to seal. Let dry and repeat. Let the blocks dry completely before allowing children to play with them.

Painted and decoupaged wood blocks with maps
Learn how to Mod Podge blocks with maps

Stack them, play with them, use these wood blocks as decor. There are a lot of possibilities – and you can customize them to be your own.

Decorate wooden blocks with maps
DIY wood blocks with craft paint and maps

Did you enjoy decorating these wood blocks? I’d love for you to check out these other ideas as well:


Monday 6th of January 2014

This is wonderful. The kids all did such a nice job fun and learn.