In this post, I'm sharing how I made my own giant baby blocks. I'm going to be using them for baby shower decor, but they're also great props for baby announcement photos, for gender reveals, or any type of children's party.
A few notes about my supplies...the boxes I chose are 12"x12", but depending on your preference any box size will work as long as they are square. The craft sticks I used are also 12" long, so I know they fit my boxes. If you end up doing larger boxes (like 14"x14") you'll need longer craft sticks to fit them. I also determined for the 12"x12" boxes, 8" letters were the perfect size. If your boxes are larger or smaller, you'll have to adjust your letter size to fit.
The first thing you need to do is assemble the boxes. I needed 8 boxes for my design, so I only assembled the amount I needed. (The extra boxes will be used to store some stuff in our attic as my husband and I clear space in our house for the arrival of the baby). Instead of using packing tape to keep the boxes together, I used hot glue. This way I could glue the boxes together on the inside and wouldn't have any tape showing on the outside.
Next, I painted the boxes white. Amazon actually sells these boxes in white, but they cost more than the plain cardboard. I knew I had a lot of white paint at home, so I didn't mind paying less for the cardboard color and painting them myself. So, I used some extra white trim paint and a roller I had on hand to paint all 8 boxes. Depending on the look and design you want, you may paint your boxes a different color, or even leave them brown.
It took a few coats, but this is what the boxes looked like after they were painted.
Next, you'll want to get your paint sticks and size them up to the boxes. The boxes are 12 inches, and the craft sticks I used are 12 inches, so for them to fit perfectly on the box without overlapping each other I had to trim them down a bit.
I took rough measurements and used a miter box and hand saw to cut the craft sticks to size.
Once all your pieces are cut, they should fit on the box like this.
Now it's time to paint your letters and craft sticks. I purchased the letters used to spell out BABY BOY. I primed mine with the same white paint I used for the boxes, then I painted all the pieces blue.
This is where you can get really creative with your blocks. I did a traditional blue because I'm having a boy, and my baby shower decor will be predominately blue. For a gender reveal, alternating pink and blue would be really cute. It would also be super cute to do each letter a different color, like the look of actual baby blocks. I think having each one a different color would be adorable if you were spelling out your baby's name. Something like that would work great as decor for a 1st birthday party or baby photoshoot.
These are all of my pieces after they were painted. Now, all that's left to do is attach them to the boxes.
I used hot glue to attach the letters and craft sticks.
Additionally, I cut a teddy bear silhouette out of paper, painted it blue, and attached it to one of the blocks.
I added the teddy bear because I wanted each of the columns to be an even 4 blocks each. I picked a teddy bear specifically because my shower is bear themed.
Here's the end result styled for my shower.
I also took some baby bump pictures using the blocks as photo props.
I think they came out super cute, and they weren't difficult to make. I love the dimensional look they have by using the craft sticks and wood letters. It makes the blocks look more realistic as opposed to if the letters/border were just painted on. A bonus, they're light weight, so stacking and moving them is really easy.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed, learned something, and got inspired to DIY your own giant baby blocks.