Yellow Owl’s Little Prints: Stamp, Stencil, and Print Projects to Make for Kids is one of the cutest new craft books out there. From cover to cover there are project ideas for how to add your own personal touch to a gift in a completely unique way. Along with detailed instructions for how to stamp, sew, stencil, paint, and more, the book also includes templates with modern and whimsical designs. The projects inside range from easy – like the Alphabet Block Art we are sharing today – to challenging – like these sewn kitten softies with iron-on decals.
The projects in Yellow Owl’s Little Prints are designed to be handy projects that you can do at home with things you already have. Use this book to be inspired to up-cycle fabrics, whether it be tea towels or t-shirts. The thing that I especially like about this book is that none of the projects feel intimidating. You find yourself thinking “I could definitely make that” and not “I’ll never be able to make that.” That’s not to say that these projects don’t encourage you to push your artistic limits.
Today we are going to share the tutorial for how to make this cute personalized nursery art with alphabet blocks and we will be giving away an autographed copy of Yellow Owl’s Little Prints: Stamp, Stencil, and Print Projects to Make for Kids to one lucky winner!
Check out the DIY Alphabet Block Art and find out how to enter for the chance to win an autographed copy of Yellow Owl’s Little Prints: Stamp, Stencil, and Print Projects to Make for Kids after the jump…
DIY Alphabet Block Rubbing
Equal parts art class and spelling lesson, this easy, simple, and versatile project will earn an A+ in your repertoire. The best part is that you probably already have everything you need to get started! Spell out any name or message to create greeting cards, nameplates, bookmarks, or just about anything else you would like to write. Be sure to get traditional blocks with both the raised carved letters and flat sides. Although you could use any type of paper, I prefer transparent vellum. Its strength can take the rubbing and the transparency allows you to see exactly where you should be rubbing and align to additional words easily. Crayons work, but the concentrated color, clearer impressions, and lack of waxy residue make colored pencils the winner here. I asked the cashier from the grocer for the large rubber band I used here, but if you are unable to get one, you can secure the sides of the blocks together with masking tape. Just don’t use duct tape because it will leave a sticky mess on the blocks. Hear the school bell ring? Well, pull out your pencil case because class is about to begin!
Time: 30 minutes
Love: Spelling our kid’s name or a favorite quote with a simple technique that anybody can master.
Set of wood alphabet blocks
Large rubber band, approximately 3½” x ¼”
(9cm x 6mm) or elastic tie
9″ x 12″ (23cm x 30.5cm) sheet of vellum
1. Arrange alphabet blocks face up to spell out the word or name.
2. Rotate extra blocks so the flat side is up and place them around the perimeter of the word.
3. Secure the blocks together with a rubber band.
4. Place vellum over the blocks. Put one hand on the blocks to secure the paper to the blocks. Use a colored pencil in the other hand to rub the raised surface of the blocks.
5. Repeat steps 1–4 as needed for additional words or names. Align the paper below the first line and rub with the nib of a colored pencil.
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