10 Things to do with a block

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10 fun things to do with a block

We posted these last year when we had a few followers (thanks to our moms…they were our first followers).  We wanted to make sure you saw the fun things you can do with a simple block.

So on with 10 things to do with a block!

10 things to do with a blockA simple block…who knew?  10 things to do with a block.  We are using a 2×2 block.  We cut down a 4×4 post to an exact 2×2 post.  If you have access to a table saw set your width to 2 inches and cut one line and then flip your post to and cut another line.  Your 2×2 should be cut out and exact! Then you will need to use a chop saw and cut them into 2 inch chunks.  Making your 2×2 block…or just buy them from the craft store!

Idea #1

10 things to do with a block

Make a Christmas Ornament

1. Paint your block (I just used craft paint).

2.  Mod Podge a picture on one of the sides.

3.  Sand any leftover picture paper off.

4.  Screw in an ‘eye’ in the top.

5.  Add ribbon

6. Admire

Idea #2

10 things to do with a block

How about 9 Christmas Ornaments

1.  Mod podge 5 sides of your block with scrap book paper. (For 10 steps for perfect mod podging CLICK HERE)

2.  Mod Podge a picture to the 6th side.

3.  Sand any leftover paper off.  If you want to stain the edges to give it a shabby chic look…this would be the time:)

4.  If you wanted to stain the edges now would be the time.  It will give it a shabby chic look.  Keep it plain for a more sleek look.

5. Make your Christmas tree a true  ‘family tree’

We wanted to decorate our Christmas tree with pictures of our family and put a big fat red ribbon around the entire tree.  A friend is going to do a BSU themed tree and mod podge BSU paper on the blocks and then take pics of her kids in BSU uniforms…go Amber!  We want to see it when it’s done!!!

Idea #3

10 things to do with a block

A Picture Holder

How cute would this be on a fire place mantel or on top of a computer at work!?!

1.  Mod Podge all the sides

2.  Drill a hole in the top and stick a piece of wire in it! I found the wire at Lowe’s.  .

3.  Cut out of vinyl the name of the ‘featured’ and put on one side of block.  You can use yourcraft cutter for this project!

4.  Put in your picture!

Idea #4

10 things to do with a block

Neighbor Gift

1.  You think we’d let this pass with out making a neighbor christmas gift!!!

2.  Mod Podge all sides with cute paper

3.  Put some holiday vinyl on and wrap it like candy(no calories)!

4.  Love the poka dot ribbon!

Idea #5

10 things to do with a block

Stacking Blocks

1.  Mod Podge and add vinyl

2.  Don’t let your toddler play with the blocks…the first one said NOEL.

3.  Display on a shelf or in front of the Christmas tree!

Idea #6

10 things to do with a block

Christmas Count Down

1. Mod Podge 4 blocks

2.  Add the numbers: 1,2,6or9,0,7,8 to the first block

3. Add the numbers: 1,4,3,5,2,0 to the second block


Idea #7

10 things to do with a block


1. Paint the blocks (easy) …

2. Put the ABC vinyl on them (easier)…I used the ‘Narkism’ font 1.8×1.8 in dark brown.

You can cut small vinyl letters and sayings with your Silhouette…or craft cutter.

If you are spelling out a name, make sure to put the letters of the name on the blocks first – you don’t want to put the ‘L’ and ‘U’ on the same block or you can’t spell out the name.

How fun would this be to give at a shower or to nieces and nephews for birthdays!

Idea #8

10 things to do with a block

Kid Stackers

(Great for Grandparents…put all the Grandkids!)

1. Mod Podge the blocks, add the picture (just like in the ornaments #1)

2. Drill a hole all the way through the blocks.

3. Put wire though them.

4. The top block will have both wires sticking out. Curl them with wire cutters.

5. Add vinyl ‘Family’ to it (‘Black Boys on Mopeds’ Font 1.6×1.6)

Idea #9

10 things to do with a block

10 things to do with a block


1. Wrap the blocks and stick them around the house for decoration.

2. -OR- put an eyelet in the top and hang them from the tree…just like #1 (Click Here to see it)

…do you see Missy in the photograph?:)

Idea #10

10 things to do with a block

10 things to do with a block

10 things to do with a block

10 things to do with a block

Kid Puzzles

1. Take 9 blocks and put them close together. Mod Podge a 6×6 picture on them. Take an exact-o knife and cut out the individual blocks. OR cut the 6×6 picture into 2×2 squares and Mod Podge them on after you cut them.

2. Flip the blocks to a new side and do it again.

3. Mod Podge all 6 sides with different pictures.

4. You’ll have created 6 puzzles with your favorite pictures!

5. Give as a gift to family…ya right…this one is a keeper!!!


 10 things to do with a block

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    1. November 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm
      Brooke says:
      I am SOOO amazed at the MAGNIFICENT ideas I get on this site.... THANKS SO MUCH!
    2. November 17th, 2009 at 3:50 pm
      Shelley says:
      alison is amazing. seriously. how does she think of things to do with a block?!
    3. November 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm
      Katrina says:
      I am just curious, where you put the number 9. I don't see it listed for either block.
      • November 17th, 2009 at 5:35 pm
        Alison says:
        The number nine is the number six upside down. Thanks for clearifying that!
    4. November 17th, 2009 at 9:28 pm
      Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says:
      Those are cute ideas--and ten of them--wow!
    5. November 19th, 2009 at 8:35 am
      valerene matthews, malaysia says:
      i am SO gonna make these to give away! thinking of sticking christmas giftpaper on the non-photo side and sandpapering it to give it a decoupage kinda look. thanks so much for sharing!
    6. November 19th, 2009 at 3:11 pm
      Lee @ Thriftybeaver.com says:
      So cute. I love those; what a great holiday decoration idea!!
    7. November 19th, 2009 at 6:44 pm
      chelsie says:
      Love the blocks! Way stinking cute:) I'm makeing sure to spread the word of how awesome this site is! Thanks, you girls are the BEST!
    8. November 19th, 2009 at 6:51 pm
      Chelsea says:
      What a great post - I can't wait to see 7-10! Wonderful ideas.

    9. November 19th, 2009 at 7:35 pm
      Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous says:
      love all your blocks! Thanks for sharing all the ideas!
    10. November 22nd, 2009 at 12:07 am
      Mical Johnson says:
      I think I'm going to try #3. That seems simple enough for me to do =P
    11. November 24th, 2009 at 10:45 am
      Brooke - in Oregon says:
      Great ideas, thanks so much for posting them!
    12. November 24th, 2009 at 6:08 pm
      samantha2818 says:
      I love these blocks - they are adorable. I've put a link to these on my blog. Thanks for sharing x
    13. November 26th, 2009 at 8:07 pm
      kami says:
      love your site. thank you. i just purchased me a crickut on a black friday sale. I'm so excited!!!! anyway, i was wondering where you buy your vinyl for it?
      • November 27th, 2009 at 7:43 am
        Alison says:
        I know Roberts has vinyl. Click here and it will take you to a post and at the bottom there is a code for 25% off.
    14. December 2nd, 2009 at 4:06 pm
      Amy Blake says:
      What darling ideas!! Love them all... thanks for sharing!
    15. December 3rd, 2009 at 7:51 pm
      Tiffany @ Simply Complicated says:
      I just made the photo block ornaments. I love them! I made enough to keep for our tree & then to give them the grandparents for Christmas. I plan on making a new one each year. Thanks for the awesome idea!!!
    16. December 11th, 2009 at 11:23 pm
      M says:
      Question - do you use real photopaper for the pictures or print them off on cardstock?
      • December 12th, 2009 at 12:17 pm
        Alison says:
        I use real photos! Just printed them off at Costco. :)
    17. December 18th, 2009 at 7:17 pm
      Amanda says:
      Wow these are fabulous. So glad I found you, just became a follower :)
    18. January 18th, 2010 at 2:40 pm
      Erin Keith says:
      Thanks so much for such a great idea!!! I made a little family set for my son and I love them! And so does he, but for now, I might just a little bit more. Here they are if interested. chrisanderinkeith.blogspot.com/2010/01/family-blocks.html

      Thanks again!!
    19. January 22nd, 2010 at 7:45 am
      dot says:
      Love these ideas... Linking to this post today on Dabbled.org.

      Thanks so much for sharing them!!

    20. January 27th, 2010 at 8:30 pm
      Courtney Leibrandt says:
      I have also been having fun with wood blocks. Here are some sweet ones I made for Valentine's Day: redheadscraftmorefun.blogspot.com/2010/01/l-o-v-e-blocks-x-o-x-o.html Have a great day!

    21. January 31st, 2010 at 12:47 pm
      Angie Reeves says:
      I loved this idea...made them a few weeks ago and have finally posted to my blog! So cute and super simple!!!
    22. February 18th, 2010 at 9:29 am
      reshma says:
      give me a idea to do block to make design?
    23. February 25th, 2010 at 12:17 am
      Karen says:
      Geez I love this site!!! Thanks so much for all the super fun ideas! I can't wait to get started. I'm planning to do a spin on these blocks for wedding reception centerpieces. I was wondering, do you stain the blocks after you modge podge or before?
      • February 25th, 2010 at 12:19 am
        Karen says:
        oh! just found the answer in idea #2.
    24. April 15th, 2010 at 8:56 pm
      Leslie says:
      cute everything!! ~ I just have to say that the Noel block still says it - No L! :)
    25. April 26th, 2010 at 10:11 pm
      Nancy says:
      AWESOME ideas! WOW, I think I found a new blog to follow!
    26. June 1st, 2010 at 12:37 am
      Lila says:
      Very Cute!
    27. July 11th, 2010 at 9:49 am
      Kristen says:
      So...i LOVE your site!!! Like LOVE it!!!! I have never been very "crafty" because i can't really sew and i have not so pretty handwriting and yall have now made me a crafter and i am so excited! I actually just got a Cricut to do all my vinyl! I'm so excited! Just made my first blocks. I was wondering, as a very new owner of a cricut, is there a cartridge that you can custom what word you want and have the word actually connect, not just cut individual letters? Thanks!!!
      • July 11th, 2010 at 12:47 pm
        Alison says:
        Congrats on getting a craft cutter! We are big fans of vinyl lettering. The Circut is a awesome machine, but I just don't have one. I have used one and think they are awesome, but I have the Silhouette. They cut the same, they just run on different programs, so I hate to say this, but I don't know how to do that on the Cricut. I know there are a lot of U-Tube video's on the Cricut. Someone is bound to go over that.
        If you are asking because you want to keep the letters all in a straight line...One thing you can do though is after you cut it...put blue painters tape over the letters and rub over it. Then remove the vinyl backing. The letters will be stuck to the tape. Move that to your craft and put it on. Rub over the tape and the letters will stick. Pull the painters tape off slowly and the letters will stick to the craft and will be in a perfect line.
        Let me know if that helps! I hope I didn't confuse you. I am so happy you got a craft cutter! It helps to make crafts professional...that's why I have one!!!
    28. August 16th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
      cimly says:
      how do you make it look burnt?
      .-= cimly´s last blog ..Schools Out! =-.
    29. August 23rd, 2010 at 7:49 am
      kristenduke says:
      I LOVE all the block fun, but am having a hard time finding them in bulk. I see them at Michael's for $1 each, but never sales. Any suggestions online? Kristen in Texas
    30. September 23rd, 2010 at 8:50 am
      Deitra says:
      These ideas are SOOOO adorable. I especially love number 6.
    31. September 28th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
      Heidi K says:
      Love the ideas! I want to do #10 for Christmas. Just wondering how you got a 6x6 picture. Did you cut a larger one? Thanks.
    32. October 14th, 2010 at 3:36 pm
      Katie says:
      I was thinking about these blocks and a great way to get a lot of these for a great price is to go shop at Home Depot or Lowes... get a 4x4 post (they usually run about $9-10) for 8' length. This would make 22-24 blocks. You can even cut them in the cut center so you dont have to do it at home. So that would make each block about $0.45! Pretty good!!!
      • December 30th, 2010 at 10:23 am
        Jenni says:
        The thing you need to remember about lumber is that a 4x4 is actually a bit smaller (3 3/4 or 3 7/8 - something like that) so that you wouldn't get TRUE 2x2 blocks when cutting it down - however - continuing with your thought - an 8 foot long 4x4 is 96" if you cut that down into 2 inch segments you'd have 48 2x4x4 blocks and then cut those into quarters (making approximate 2x2 blocks) you would have have roughly 188 2x2 blocks - you would lose a few block to sawdust as you cut things down. Even if you spent $20 for an unpressure treated 4x4 that would make it around 11 cents per block! Oh and for ease I usually have the lumber center cut it down to 2 foot long piece so that there is less bulk for me to have to manuever on the table saw.
    33. December 18th, 2010 at 8:59 pm
      Ruthanne says:
      I finished some puzzles today. I love them! I can't wait for my boys to open them at Christmas. they are going to love seeing their pictures on a puzzle. Thanks for the great ideas. :)
    34. December 23rd, 2010 at 10:48 am
      Nancy says:
      My daughter made one of those puzzles for me a few years ago and I treasure it! She changed all the photos to sepia first which turned out really nice. They're also a great idea for wedding gifts. It would be cute to wrap each block of the puzzle up like little gifts!
    35. December 28th, 2010 at 3:44 pm
      Michelle says:
      Love all the ideas! I want to do #3 to display holiday cards with Joy, Noel, and Peace, on the blocks. Question - what gauge wire do you suggest? I used floral wire for something similar, but found it a little too flimsy.
    36. December 29th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
      Marci Sant says:
      I can't get the link to work for the 10 perfect steps for mod podging... HELP!
    37. January 14th, 2011 at 3:12 pm
      Melissa Dixon says:
      I made some really awesome photoblocks as gifts for all the grandparents. They came out fantastic but I was so disappointed to find out yesterday that some of the photos are bubbling. Anyone have any idea about what the problem could be?
    38. January 14th, 2011 at 7:18 pm
      Catherine says:
      I made 6 photo puzzles for Christmas this year! They turned out great! Thanks so much for that one! Check out the one for my kiddos here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=607406&id=653815343&l=5e1edba6fe
    39. January 19th, 2011 at 5:42 pm
      laura says:
      i did #10 (puzzle block) about 5 yrs ago as a gift for my SIL, it was a huge hit!!!
    40. February 17th, 2011 at 11:43 pm
      Molly says:
      Great ideas! Check out the block project I did for my little boy at Whispers of Joy
    41. February 28th, 2011 at 7:26 pm
      Michelle Holmes says:
      How would you configure the numbers with three blocks to do a 100 countdown for the 100 days of school?
    42. April 2nd, 2011 at 9:01 am
      BreeAnn says:
      These ideas are sooo cute! I love your site...keep up the good work! :)
    43. July 6th, 2011 at 11:29 pm
      Kim Wilson says:
      Love your puzzle block idea with family pictures. Can't wait to start working on our own set. Thank you for the inspiration.

      Kimberly wilson
    44. July 14th, 2011 at 10:10 pm
      Deebi27 says:
      Wonderful ideas, every single one...a blog keeper! My class could do some of these for holiday gifts for parents! Thanks!
    45. November 9th, 2011 at 1:48 pm
      rebecca spahr says:
      I am a dingbat. I want to make the photo puzzles. But, I can't figure out how to print my photos 6x6. Any tips?
    46. November 17th, 2011 at 11:21 am
      Lindsey says:
      My local home improvement stores (Lowe's or Home Depot) do not carry untreated wood larger than 2x6!! Bummer!! Anyone have success in other places?
    47. December 2nd, 2011 at 1:14 am
      Penny says:
      I love this craft idea and the puzzle picture is so sweet for a gift. Thank you for sharing.
    48. December 10th, 2011 at 8:33 am
      Jen E says:
      So many great ideas! Can't wait to try some!
    49. January 1st, 2012 at 8:42 pm
      Anna says:
      LOVE LOVE LOVE all of these ideas!! So adorable and creative! I could spend hours checking out all of the wonderful craft ideas on your site!
    50. February 11th, 2012 at 6:45 am
      JOyce gessner says:
      awsome ,I love your ideas, I own a wood working shop and have lots of scraps. thanks
    51. May 7th, 2012 at 8:46 am
      Bridget Burton says:
      Cute ideas. Thanks for sharing. I have an almost 5 year old grandson and am always looking for things we can do together
    52. May 13th, 2012 at 6:42 pm
      Anna says:
      I made idea #10 for my mom for Mother's Day and she loved it. It was such a fun and easy project, I think I might have to make one for myself now! :)

    53. June 5th, 2012 at 2:35 pm
      Diaen says:
      #7 I sanded mine just a little and it turns out white, but I didn't go deep in with the sanding and I really like them. Turned out great. Thanks again for sharing your ideas and I look forward to the newsltr.
    54. June 6th, 2012 at 11:27 pm
      Gail Drahos says:
      Hi, I am looking for some recipes I found, but now I can't find them. The link is letbirdzfly.blogspot.com/2012/05/fathers-day-gift-dry-rubs-@htm, however the site says there is no page. Your blog name came up, so I thought , maybe you would know how to get there!! Thank-you for any help!!
    55. September 24th, 2012 at 10:55 am
      stefanie says:
      Hi just wondering how do you get a 6x6 pic? I print pics at walmart and you can't get a 6x6 photo...HELP! Thanks,I love this idea and can't wait to get started!
      • September 26th, 2012 at 1:50 pm
        Shelley says:
        Just order a larger picture (8x10) and cut it down. :)
    56. October 22nd, 2012 at 7:23 am
      ISO Certification Bodies in India says:
      I loved this idea…made them a few weeks ago and have finally posted to my blog! So cute and super simple!!!
    57. November 15th, 2012 at 6:22 pm
      JenB says:
      Did anyone else have an issue with the pictures bubbling up after a week or so? I just did some picture blocks for Christmas gifts, but some of the pictures have started to bubble. Am I doing something wrong?
    58. November 20th, 2012 at 6:09 pm
      Nancy says:
      I want to make the photo puzzle blocks but Costco does not print pictures in 6x6 size, just wondering what size did you order?
    59. February 21st, 2013 at 9:25 am
      Ameila says:
      I love all the ideas for these blocks. Can be used for every holiday. Really love girl things.
    60. April 5th, 2013 at 2:35 pm
      kat says:
      wowza ! I am so going to go get some wood blocks and do these things with my boys, that I am nanny to (they are 3 and 4/5) and I want to do lots of crafts and educational things with them . these are great ideas to have in my arsenal of "keep them busy times" in my bag of tricks I will be bringing with me.
    61. April 10th, 2013 at 7:25 pm
      Jules says:
      Love these ideas! I am having my dad cut some blocks for lawn yahtzee...we all love regular yahtzee these would be a great addition to our camping games!!!
    62. October 27th, 2013 at 2:13 am
      Ananasa says:
      SO many amazing ideas with one simple item! Truly awesome! Thank you for your inspiration and wonderful creativity!

      www.ananasa.com = Home For Handmade
    63. December 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 pm
      sarah says:
      When you mod podge the picture, do you mod podge over it with the foam brush, or do you put a little under neath the picture, then place It on the block? I've never used mod podge.... so I'm not sure of all the tricks and what not haha.
    64. March 2nd, 2014 at 11:21 pm
      rose says:
      what kind of picture paper do you use for the blocks?
    65. August 26th, 2014 at 6:27 am
      discours says:
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