Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Making Blocks for B's Name

A few months ago, while brainstorming potential themes for B's 1st birthday party I decided to use primary colors, shapes, and possibly letters/numbers.  After a little more brainstorming, I came up with an invitation idea that included a photo of B standing behind the letters of his name.

Here is a few of the photos (one of which I have previously posted):



Several of you asked where I got the blocks?

I made them.......and it was easy........and cheap.

I used 7 cardboard boxes, four of which were diaper boxes.


I primed them.  B was trying to lend a helping hand.


I painted them.  The blue and orange paint I already had, so I reused those colors.  I purchased red, yellow, and green spray paint for others.


Sam printed large bubble letters for me (on 11X13 paper...I think).


I placed each letter on contact paper and traced them.



(Sorry the outline is hard to see.  I took these photos at night with poor lighting) 

I cut out each letter......


and applied them to the boxes.


And there you have it.  It was very simple and affordable.  It takes time, but the idea popped in my head a few months before B's birthday, so I drew/wrote out what I wanted to do.  I, then, began gathering boxes and brainstorming the best way to apply the letters, etc.  I completed the project over approximately 3 to 4 weeks.  I would work on them when I had the time.


I used them for the photo and placed them in our backyard during his birthday party (photos are coming).  I think I will save them and take another photo next year, primarily to compare B's size from year to year.


I am linking up to the Happiness Project, my3boybarians, and communal global

22 comments:

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Thanks for the tutorial. That is a great idea. The photo came out really cute too.

deb duty said...

Love the photos and the idea of the boxes. It'll be fun to compare the shots next year.

Deborah said...

Cute idea. Makes a great invitation.

Sheri said...

Wow! You are brilliant. Seriously, they look great!

Life with Kaishon said...

Holy WOW! It looks awesome. I love how you did that. And Bennet? He is the cutest little thing around. Have a great day with your little love muffin : )

Nate and Molly said...

When I saw that on your previous post I was wondering how you did that! You are so creative!

Courtney said...

I can't believe you made those! Oh the time it must have taken!! What a cute idea :O) You could stack them in his room in the corner until next year :O) I love the first photo!!

Anna Boney said...

You are SO SUPER! I love them! His birthday invitation is adorable! Hope the party went well on Sunday. SO sad we missed it but can't wait to see pics!

Ashley Sisk said...

You are so creative - love these!

Jessica said...

WOW, that is great! I love the shots!!!

Daffy said...

What a fantastic idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing :o)

Visiting from the Happiness Project

Kelly Lund and Kids said...

Super Cute!!!! I love the colors :)

Lucy said...

Those are so cute! What a wonderful idea!

Nicole said...

What an awesome idea! All of your hard work paid off too. Those are awesome captures and wonderful keepsakes!

Misty said...

GENIUS idea! I am going to have to try this!

Ocean Soul said...

Oh yes totally great idea! can you imagine Bennett when he is over 5 ft tall standing by these letters! Sooooo cool!

Me said...

How clever and talented you are. I love this idea. My son graduates from HS next year. I now know what I can f=do for pics... Thank you so much for this terrific idea and step by step instructions on how to do it. AWRSOME!!!!!

Sarah Halstead said...

Thanks for sharing. Too cute.

Sue said...

What a darling idea!

=)

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

That is super fun! Something he will look back on when he's older & be really grateful for - GREAT JOB

Seams Inspired said...

What a fabulous idea, Amber! Seriously...too cute. Thanks so much for sharing. Can't wait to see his party snaps. Happy Thursday! :o)

Chrissy said...

Amazing! Didn't realize you are so crafty too! :)