Okay so I am always better late than never but oh well so here it goes. I have been taking pictures of the boys monthly to see how they have grown since birth, obviously every parent does this! I have been slacking and saw some of these blocks people were using with the numbers and I thought I really wanted some of them. Well me having so much extra time on my hands (haha) decided that I would make some, hence why I am just now getting them done for the boys’ 4 month pictures.
So they are super easy to make and didn’t cost me anything because I already had all the supplies laying around. We had some left over rough cut lumber from when we did our banister and I used that for the numbers and bottom block they are 3″. So I sanded them as much as I could but I love when things look rough so left a lot of the saw marks, etc. So here is how they look once I started painting them (of course I didn’t think about a photo before I started making them).
So I painted all of the sides of each block black. I used Americana acrylic paint for this. Once they were dry I cut out the vinyl numbers and lettering with my silhouette and the sure cuts a lot program. For the font I just wanted it to be simple so I used Century Schoolbook.
I attached them all to the blocks (with the wood being rough cut they didn’t stay on as well as normal smooth finish wood so I ended up with a lot of touch up after wards).
So once all the vinyl is on I paint a layer of black to avoid some of the running and it usually gives it a crisper look.
Then I painted white on top. I had to use several layers of white to get the brightness I wanted. So once they are almost dry I removed the vinyl stencil and let them dry completely.
The end result wasn’t great because of the wood it had a lot of bleeding through my stencil but I sanded the blocks for that faded look I love and then did any touch up that still needed done afterwards. I sealed them with Modge Podge (since it is non toxic as the boys get older if they put them in their mouth it won’t hurt them). I am in love with the end results and my adorable babies 🙂 In hindsight the only thing I would have done differently is I didn’t make two 0’s so I can’t do 04 for the months but you win some you lose some 🙂
Don’t mind the pictures I am still learning how to edit in Photoshop since I don’t understand what to do with the layers yet.