Homemade Blocks

Homemade Blocks
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Do you have little ones who love to build stuff?  This is a creative and inexpensive homemade gift idea that is perfect for young kids in the family, and is a great craft for all of those leftover wood scraps you have lying around.  Or if you are not a regular wood working crafter you can check out your local lumber yard's scrap bin. If you do end up buying 2x4's for this craft it will still only end up costing a few dollars. This is a frugal and homemade wood block craft and it is a great gift for kids.  Not only is it fun and entertaining but working with blocks builds motor and cognitive skills too!

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

2x4 boards

Hand Sander

Chop Saw

Tip: If you are looking for scraps from lumber yard's use caution when obtaining scraps.  Make sure to ask the store for permission and check to make sure they are scraps, and always avoid pressure-treated wood.  Pressure-treated wood will usually look slightly greenish/grey and may be heavier than the other woods. When in doubt, ask a worker about the different woods in the bin and mention that you need to avoid anything treated because you are making toys. Pressure-treated wood is basically infused with chemical preservatives (there are different chemicals used now, but the worst one used is Arsenic) to make them more insect and rot resistant.

Instructions:


Step 1: Cut up your scraps in a variety of shapes. No need to be perfect, just randomly cut some shapes! Make sure that no pieces are smaller than 3 inches for younger babies, which could pose a choking hazard. Also try to avoid very sharp or delicate corners as they are more likely to hurt a smaller child or even break.


Step 2: Round all the edges (this is by far the most labor intensive part of making your own wooden building blocks but is something kids enjoy helping with) by using a sander or hand sanding. I use a power sander to sand the sharp edges down and then hand sand with a fine grit paper to finish.Finally, you can seal them with a variety of finishes that leaves them plain and shows the beauty of the wood grain. Here is a list of natural wood finishes for wooden building blocks to give you some ideas. If you plan to use natural finishes, consider using a variety of woods that have different tones and grains.

 

If you liked this wood craft, you may also enjoy:

Photo Blocks

Boo Blocks

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About The Author

Jenny Newman is a devoted wife and mother who enjoys creating new projects, patterns, and activities and crafting meaningful home-made treasures.  Her signature crafting style is simple, affordable and fun!  We hope you enjoy Jenny's crafts and patterns as much as we do.