May 12, 2010

Picture Blocks and Letter Rice Bags

(Sorry about the picture quality.  I've tried long enough to fix it!)
My nephew just turned three and I had the hardest time coming up with something to make him for his birthday.  Finally, I came across the project from Somewhat Simple where she put a picture on one side of nine different cubes.  Perfect!
  I saw these ABC blocks for $2 at Michaels and thought they would be perfect for this project since my nephew is learning his letters and words.I only used 4 of the sides to keep the letters showing.  I got 4 pictures that were taken over the the past 3 years.
All I did was cut the picture down into the sizes I needed (kind of tricky!)  I then used mod podge to glue on each picture.  Finally, sand down the edges a little and finish with a coat of mod podge on top. 
The second gift I did was make some letters that spelled his name.  Janelle did a similar project HERE.  The difference with mine is I used cotton fabric so the edges would fray.
I just traced out my own pattern for the letters and then used that to cut my fabric.  Make sure you don't make my mistake of not making part of the letter wide enough. If you look closely, my letter R is a little light on the rice in the middle!  After sewing the wrong sides together with a 1.5 inch gap, I washed and dried them to make them fray.  I then filled them with rice and then closed up the whole.  

6 comments:

jess said...

what an adorable gift! love the blocks!

anne maskell said...

Hi Keri! I'm giving you the Versatile Blogger award! the details will be posted on my blog tonight!

Erin said...

VERY ADORABLE! I love the photo blocks!

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Cheryl said...

This is such a sweet gift & so personal. Thanks for linking up to Craftastic Monday!

Kelli said...

Thanks for your sweet comment! I LOVE these letter beanbags! I want to make a whole alphabet for my son now!

Judy said...

I love that you used alphabet blocks for this project! I made a photo cube puzzle a while ago and had so much fun with it! I will have to keep your variation in mind!
Every time I stop by your blog I am loving more and more of your projects!