Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Frankie's blocks

I wanted to make something for Frankie. Something extra special. Something he could take with him for his own children to play with in years to come.

And the boy likes blocks.

I ordered unfinished wooden blocks and went to work.

I nearly died when I ran across the vintage alphabet graphics. They are so sweet. You can find the original source for the graphic on the Rook no. 17 Blog.

There are even a few animals in there that I have never heard of before.  Ibis? Who knew?

I painted the blocks first then distressed the edges. I used gel medium to adhere the graphics to the blocks.  Modge Podge would work as well as gel medium.  Then I gave them a coat of clear gloss.

The blocks are available here.  I have made the graphics available here. They fit on 2 inch blocks.

I made twenty blocks. It took three alphabets.  The whole project cost under $25. If you can cut your own blocks you could do it for a fraction of that price.

Here's to cheap- handmade- and classic toys!


Jacqueline said...

Ibis is a waterbird with long legs, we have them here in Australia :)

Fantastic blocks, I love them!

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Vicki said...

Perfectly perfect in every way! So sweet--a definite treasure!

Travel Inspired Design said...

Those are some beautiful blocks! Something his kids will love!

LianeZ said...

Thanks for the Grapics, your blocks are so cute!

laurie lariviere said...

how perfect are those!! love it!!

paula (from spark :) said...

Those are AMAZING! You are Amazing!!! Thank you for sharing so much with us. I am truely enjoying your blog :) Happy Holidays!

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

Wow! You're blocks turned out so beautifully! An instant heirloom! I can honestly say I like them even better than the originals.

If your source for the graphics was Rook No. 17, I'd love it if you'd show off your post on my Facebook fan page. Even if not, feel free!

Warmest wishes,
Jenn/Rook No. 17

TracyMB @ Crow's Feet Chic said...

These are amazingly adorable!!! LOVE, LOVE and thank you for sharing the alphabet link! I think I need these for ME!! :)