First of all I would like to apologize for the long break between posts. After the holiday season we had a whirlwind of activity with our move to Oslo, Norway! We are now getting settled in our temporary housing so that I have some free time to post about all the Christmas gifts I have made for friends and family. I will post more about our Norway move later this week.
A few weeks before Christmas I got the opportunity to be sponsored by MyVinylDirect.com. This was the perfect timing to so all the projects that I had planned on making for gifts. Over the next few weeks I am going to be posting about all of these projects. I will also be posting to My Vinyl Direct’s blog. I recommend going and checking out all the other great projects being posted there.
The first Vinyl project that I am going to share are the baby blocks I made for two of my cousins’ kids. This was a perfect way to use up some of the scrap wood from past projects.
When little Ben opened this gift he sat and took each one out one at a time. He seemed to really like them.
DIY Baby Blocks
Start this project by cutting and prepping your wooden blocks. Using a saw, cut the wood into 1—1/2” cubes. Sand the edges until they are completely smooth. If they are not smooth the vinyl will not stick properly. You can also buy pre-cut blocks for this project.
Find the letters, numbers, and shapes that you would like to use on the blocks. Put all of objects into Silhouette Studio software. I found the animal silhouettes by searching for free animal vector art / silhouettes. Size the objects so they will fit on the sides of the blocks.
Once the vinyl is cut, remove all the scraps from around the vinyl that you want to keep.
If the object vinyl object is a single piece you can remove this by hand and stick to the side of the block. If not use transfer paper to move to block.
Once all the vinyl objects are stuck onto the blocks coat all the sides with a clear coat. Wait until the clear coat is dry and then reapply until the surface becomes smooth.