Decorating a baby’s nursery is one of life’s sweetest pleasures, don’t you think? Use these Decorative Baby Blocks as a finishing touch, and make them however you like – change the papers and the colors; spell out the baby’s name; super-size them and use 5” cubes instead of 3” cubes. Make them for yourself, or to give to a special mom-to-be. If you’re hosting a baby shower, these would make a pretty, keepsake centerpiece.
Designer Rebekah Meier also made this Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile. Don’t they make a cute set? And again, just swap out the papers to match your own color scheme. Instructions for the Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile are on StyrofoamCrafts.com.
And here’s how to make the Decorative Baby Blocks. (Please remember that these are decorative only and are not toys. Please keep the Decorative Baby Blocks and Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile out of reach and don’t let the baby play with them!)
To make the Decorative Baby Blocks, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: three, 3” cubes
- Cardstock, 12” x 12”, one sheet each pink and light green
- Coordinating scrapbook papers, three assorted 12″ x 12″ sheets
- Chipboard letters, 1″: B, A, B, Y (Rebekah used purchased letters, but you could also cut out with die-cutting equipment)
- Embellishments: Buttons, rick rack, etc.
- Grosgrain ribbon, green polka dot, 1/2″ x 3/8 yd.
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue
- Optional: Acrylic craft paints: dark pink and light green (if embellishments need to be painted to match the papers)
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; medium flat paintbrush; straight pins
To make the Decorative Baby Blocks:
Note: These are decorative only! These are not toys for babies. The blocks have small pieces that present a choking hazard.
1. Cut four, 3″ x 12″ strips from pink card stock, and two 3” x 12” strips from green card stock.
2. Wrap a foam cube in two of the pink strips, and firmly crease each strip at the corners. Remove the strips and fold the paper along the crease lines. Wrap and glue the strips around the cubes. Repeat, making one more pink cube and a green cube.
4. Cut six 2″ squares and six 2-1/2″ squares from the cardstock and scrapbook papers. Mixing and matching the papers, layer the squares on each side of a block. Repeat for each block.
5. Paint B-A-B-Y letters and other embellishments to match. Let dry. Glue letters to front and back of blocks.
6. Add rick rack, ribbons, and other embellishments.
I still see traditional pastels, especially pink and blue, used in baby’s rooms. But I’m also seeing a lot of green, aqua and touches of brown and orange. My daughter’s room was a warm and sunny yellow. What color did you use in your baby’s nursery?