Monday, June 17, 2013

wood burned blocks

My daughter Lucy loves to to build and stack things (blocks, legos, boxes, etc) so I couldn't resist making her some unique blocks. With just a few simple supplies I was able to create a whimsical little city that she loves to play with!

1. We do a lot of DIY projects around here and that means we have all kinds of scrap wood! I started by digging through our stash of bits and pieces and found a variety of different shapes and sizes. TIP- don't have scrap wood laying around? Try heading to your local lumber yard or home improvement store and dig through their scrap bin- typically located in the lumber aisle. Often they will sell them to you cheap or free if you ask nice!

2. Next I sanded all the rough edges and spots.

3. I pulled out my wood burning tool and let it heat up. Yes, I could have used paint or even pens but I love the look and feel of the burned wood- its something you cannot replicate with any other material.

4. I went to work drawing whimsical little houses and buildings with my wood burning tool. WORD OF WARNING- it can be a slow process to "draw" into wood and depending on the type of wood and the grain, it can be challenging.



The result is a set of wonderful and whimsical blocks perfect for a kiddo or even an adult!


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29 comments:

Charlotte said...

These are amazing! I wish my Dad had made something like that for me when I was little.
Your daughter is a lucky girl :-)

HollyM said...

We had a huge box of sanded lumber scraps but never wood burned. They're wonderful!
I'm sure you've thought of it, but you could do a book of kid or family crafts.

stefanie stark said...

Oh how gorgeous and magnificent these little wood houses are!!!! I am absolutely rapt away!

jabbott said...

These are brilliant.

Bette said...

I LOVE this idea!

Terriaw said...

These are so fun looking! I love the idea of using scrap wood (which I would have to get from the lumber store, so thank you for that tip). I think these would also look cool on a bookshelf or fireplace mantle.

Zorana said...

You are a the most creative woman ever....

hcolvin said...

awesome!!

beth said...

Great fun! Love this project.

D. Rosenkranz said...

What a beautiful heirloom you have given your daughter!

kayeo said...

I wish I were you. Who has more fun than you (and your precious baby girl)

studioGypsy said...

these are sooo cool!! have i mentioned you were a genius?! :D xoxo

Joanne said...

You blow me away with your creativity! LOVE these blocks...off on a mission to make some too!!

Julie Smith said...

These are amazing! You could sell these! What a great idea! I've been seeing a lot of wood burning projects between you and another artist I follow, Geninne. Are wood burning tools expensive? Do you draw the design first or just freehand it?

Valérie GUEGUIN said...

Great idea and great art-work! So nice.

Jennie De Groot said...

That is so friggin clever it just blew my mind! I can see these staying with her till she is grown, evolving into really cool things for her home, always reminding her of you. Well done!

Dianne said...

Absolutely delightful!!

Jessica Petersen said...

Wow, these are beautiful! I would love to make some to go with my son's wooden trains. Thank you for sharing.

Emy said...

I love these blocks. I'm wishing I still had the wood burning tool I had in a kit when I was a teenager. Seeing Lucy with the blocks reminds me of the wooden castle blocks that my kids play with that were made by their great-great grandpa for their great - granny to play with when she was little. Xx

fran pascazio said...

You are truly amazing! Is there anything you CAN"T do! Your talent is endless and your generous to share it.

Madeline Rains said...

So fabulous! I"m sure it's really challenging but you make me want to try...

dawn said...

Oh those are gorgeous! :)

Dagny said...

Holy guacamole! Those are the *cutest* building blocks ever. I really love seeing how you use your artistic creativity and talent to create beautiful things for your daughter.

Andra Hepler said...

Think of the wonderful memories Lucy will have of her childhood.
Smiles

lucruri said...

Oh, so beautiful!!!

beth - ann said...

so cool, love this. new fan and follower :) beth-ann
http://campanywhere.blogspot.com

game iwin said...

They're wonderful!
I'm sure you've thought of it, but you could do a book of kid or family crafts.

bigone said...

Seeing Lucy with the blocks reminds me of the wooden castle blocks that my kids play with that were made by their great-great grandpa for their great - granny to play with when she was little. Xx

Anonymous said...

Where do you get your pyrography tools? :)

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