DIY Decorative Baby Blocks fashioned from foam and paper

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.

How to make custom Baby Blocks and a Hot Air Balloon Mobile to decorate a baby's nursery. (Note: Decorative only!)

Change up the papers to match your selected palette for the baby’s nursery.

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

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!)

DIY Decorative Baby Blocks as a finishing touch for baby's nursery. Change up the papers to match your decorating palette.

Decorative Baby Blocks by Rebekah Meier.

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.

Sweet, custom baby blocks decorated with paper, buttons, ribbons, etc. Easy to make with cubes of STYROFOAM.

Embellish with items from your craft stash, like buttons, ribbon and letters.

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.

You can make the coordinating  Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile with the tutorial on

How to make this sweet, hot air balloon mobile for a baby's room using decorative papers and a ball of STYROFOAM. ingloon

Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile by Rebekah Meier.

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?

Happy crafting.


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9 Responses to DIY Decorative Baby Blocks fashioned from foam and paper

  1. jackelyn vasquez says:

    where exactly can I get the styro-foam 3” cubes?

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  3. Katiria says:

    I made little blocks like that but stuffed with foam padding when my niece was little. But this hot air balloon is a much cuter idea!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Katiria, and thanks for stopping by today. I’ve seen the stuffed blocks, too, and these are the fast-track, no-sew version! Have a fun weekend! Sharon

  4. LisaM says:

    Those are wonderful. The hotair balloon reminds me of the fabric ones my mom made years ago. lol Great tuts!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much for the comment, Lisa. Glad these brought back happy memories for you. There’s something magical about hot air balloons. They’re timeless. Sharon

  5. Natt says:

    these are just adorable Sharon, i already want another baby, these just make me want one more so i can make these for the nursery, i’ll have to borrow someones else for a while lol. Hugs xNx

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