This beautiful DIY project comes from my friend Lorena Siminovich, founder of the iconic kids’ brand Petit Collage. It’s a perfect Christmas gift to make with kids! These custom DIY wood blocks are a perfect keepsake for play and display, and they’re so easy to customise with a child’s name.
The printables include templates with all of Petit Collage’s classic motifs, plus a full alphabet.
(PS: Petit Collage is turning TEN! Wish them a happy birthday on Instagram!)
- Petit Collage custom baby blocks template (click to download)
- Assorted coloured papers
- Assorted found papers
- Decoupage glue
- 6 cm unfinished wood blocks (ask Bunnings to cut them to size for you)
- Small flat paintbrush
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Small round hole punch (optional)
- Permanent marker
Step 1: Gently sand away the rough edges from the wood blocks. Use as many or as few blocks as you’d like, depending on the name you’d like to spell.
Step 2: Coat the exterior of each block with decoupage glue. Allow to dry.
Step 3: Using the template, cut out all alphabet, apple, bird, boat, crown, heart, tree, sun, and clover pieces from any decorative papers you choose. Using your hole punch, punch out 3 “jewels” to sit above the points of the crown shape. Have fun mixing and matching colours and patterns.
Step 4: Apply the paper shapes to the blocks using decoupage glue. Allow to dry. Draw in the bird eyes using permanent marker.
Step 5: Apply a final protective coat of decoupage glue to the entire surface of the blocks. Allow to dry.
Who would love to receive these blocks as a gift this year?
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Images: Petit Collage