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Project - F-A-M-I-L-Y Blocks



These are fantastic - what a wonderful to your grandmother and the family

These are really wonderful, I am bookmarking them for next year! lol You really are a good granddaughter to do this and what special memories you are making!

You are a SAINT! Look at ALL of those! They are darling. Into my BOS!


Arent you the same lady that made the CD ornaments?

You must be very busy!

WOW!!!!!! That's all I can say...

Project - F-A-M-I-L-Y Blocks
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Project - F-A-M-I-L-Y Blocks
by scrpnchyk
posted 06/19/09 at 11:02 AM
Galleries: Scrapbooking

Every year, I help my grandma make her Christmas gifts.

She has 29 grandchildren and now has 79 great and great-great grandchildren. Last year, I made ornaments, which are also in my gallery. This year, I made wooden blocks….

Each grandchild will get a block with their photo on it. There is a photo of one, already wrapped in cellophane so the pic isn't that great.

(The single larger block with the word FAMILY is for great grandchildren that are married with no kids.)

I took them all wrapped up to my Grandma…the look on her face makes all the work worth it, everytime!

Just thought I would share. It's an inexpensive way to GIVE to a large group and it's something that can be used year round. I figured it cost me less than $1 for each child's block with the photo and less than $3 for the word FAMILY spelled out on blocks. Don't ask about hours…endless…but like I said worth it to see my grandma's face! Each got to pick the color that would work in their living/family room.


I used 8 foot 2x4's. I think they were about $2 each at Home Depot. For the ‘F’ blocks, I cut 4 1/2 inch blocks. For the A-M-I-L-Y blocks, I cut them into 3 1/2 inch blocks. For the photos, I used various lengths, from 3 1/2 to 4 3/4 inches.

I did not sand them before painting them. I used acrylic paint, diluted with some water and did 2 coats. I then used my belt sander to sand all the edges and corners, to make them look distressed.

I bought plain stencil material. I printed the letters out on my computer, traced onto the stencil material and cut the stencil out with an exacto knife. (You could use your cricut and cut the letters out of vinyl, but due to cost and more handmade look, I used paint) I stenciled the letters on. I used a cosmetic sponge for the stenciling…a brush was going to take WAY too long. You just have to be careful not to use too much paint…If you do, it gets under the stencil and ruins the letter.

Then I printed photos, some wallet sized, some I printed regular size and cropped to custom sizes. I printed them all black and white for color coordination.

I used mod podge to stick the photos to the blocks. Be sure to put mod podge on the back of the photo and the front of the block, or it will bubble. Be careful to only get the mod podge on the front side of the block, not dripping down the edges.

I printed the names out on photo paper in the same font that I used for the stenciled letters. I cut the names out, leaving about 1/2 to 3/4 blank space on either side of the name. I mod podged the names to the blocks at the same time as the photos.

After the mod podge dried, I hammered 2 upholstery tacks on either end of the name, in that blank space that I mentioned when printing out the names.

I then sprayed the remaining sides of the blocks with a matte spray.

That's it….I told you it was simple.

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