|Snuggles' Alphabet of Saints Blocks|
I mentioned back during "B Week" that Snuggles and I began Brushing Paint on Building Blocks! Since the girls and I made an Alphabet of Painted Saints to go along with their journey Along the Alphabet Path I wanted to come up with something for Snuggles that was just for him, but also tied in the saints from the book An Alphabet of Catholic Saints. I thought a set of Alphabet Blocks would be perfect!
|Cupcake's Alphabet of Saints Blocks|
Originally I had hoped to make eight sets in various colors/designs to give as Christmas gifts, but ended up with just three, Snuggles' set plus sets for two of our dear godchildren, since my "extra" time was so limited in November and December. I do still have a fourth set in progress for Rose since she loved these blocks so much! In fact, one day she snuck into my bedroom, snatched a few blocks while I was on the phone and then hid under Captain's desk with them until I found her... Yes, I'm hoping that she will find her very own set (made with rosy pink-uh paper of course!) inside her Easter Basket this year.
- 1 1/2-inch square wood blocks (I used 13-16 blocks for each set)
- Acrylic paint
- Mod Podge
- Decorative paper
- Alphabet Letters
1. Sand the wooden block with sandpaper to prepare them for painting.
2. Paint the blocks with the color(s) you've selected. Allow to dry.
|Snuggles' and Cupcake's sets were painted white|
|Bear's set was painted in multiple colors|
3. Cut the Alphabet Letters and Decorative Paper to squares measuring just under 1 1/2" each.
4. Glue the paper to each side of the block using all-purpose Mod Podge. Allow the glue to dry.
Note: Using 13 blocks I started with letters A-M on the fronts and then continued with letters N-Z on the backs (in order with N on the back of M and Z on the back of A). Since I had room for three extra blocks in the box for Cupcake's set I added a few extra vowels and consonants for her to use in creating her names.
5. Very carefully, to prevent the printed alphabet paper from smearing, paint another coat of Mod Podge all over the block to seal. Allow to dry.
Note: After having plenty of blocks stick to my work surface I finally started placing them on top of my paint bottles to dry, which worked nicely.
|This is what my husband patiently put up with on our bedroom dresser most of Advent!|
The picture book An Alphabet of Catholic Saints to go along with these blocks is available from Amazon!