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DIY: Collage Blocks

While this project was identified by Martha: The Martha Stewart Show as a DIY for baby blocks, I think they'd make a cool addition to a very grown up bookshelf or fireplace mantel. You can coordinate the images and paper you select for the greatest decorative impact.

What You'll Need

  • 3 1/4-inch square wood block
  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Decorative paper
  • Emery board
  • Letters, numbers, and embellishments
  • Sponge

To find out how to make it, according to Martha,


  1. Sand the wooden block with sandpaper to prepare it for painting.
  2. Paint the block with the color you've selected. Allow to dry.
  3. Cut 6 pieces of decorative paper to 3 1/4 inch.
  4. Glue the paper to each side of the block using all-purpose Mod Podge. Allow the glue to dry.
  5. Sand edges and corners of paper with an emery board.
  6. Paste the letters, numbers, and embellishments to the block using the same technique.
  7. Sponge the edges of the paper with paint to give it texture and an antique look.
  8. Paint another coat of Mod Podge all over the block to seal. Allow to dry.

Need a little more help? There's also a helpful video you can check out.


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