DIY baby blocks aren't just for babies, especially when they're covered with interesting illustrations or even messages that you can easily apply with decoupage. I made these DIY baby blocks with recycled scrap-pile wood pieces and covered them with a few layers of paper mache before adding the paper napkin images using decoupage. Truthfully, these crafty baby blocks would look cute sitting on a shelf anywhere, not just in the nursery!
- wooden scraps or wooden blocks
- a white glue or white flour paste for paper mache
- paper mache tutorial
- white acrylic craft paint
- mod podge or any decoupage medium for decoupage
- napkins or other images for decoupage, and napkin decoupage tutorial
If using rough and not perfectly shaped blocks (as I did) cover them with a few layers of paper mache, and paint them white. Apply images using decoupage. If using napkins, use only the top layer with the image printed on it (napkins are usually three or four layers) and work very slowly to avoid tearing the napkin. Napkin decoupage will generally not produce a very perfectly smooth surface since it's almost impossible to apply the very thin napkin images with no creases. Use your imagination and make lots of fun blocks for play or even as a way of displaying some of your favorite images.