DIY Rainbow Alphabet Blocks

Call it a mother's intuition but I made this project before I even knew I was pregnant! I wanted them for an Instagram challenge I have since put aside, but hey... they're pretty cute and I've used them for a few blog posts already too! You probably saw them make a cameo in my Easter party post, my baby post and my Painted Notebook post. They're too awesome (and useful) to resist. Find out how to make a set for yourself!

 Colorful rainbow alphabet baby blocks? Yes please! Find out how to make a set for yourself. Click for the full how-to!

Disclaimer: I do not have children, and therefore I do not know what age this would be for. I’m going to say 3+, but please use your discretion! Mine will be mainly for decorative purposes. I don’t want any children getting hurt with toxic paint or swallowing a loose letter. Please use caution when giving this project to children!!!

You will need:

1.5" blocks (here)
Painter’s tape 1 inch (here)
Paint in your choice of colors (similar here)*
Wood letters (from Michael’s, similar here)
Paintbrushes (similar here)
Super glue or wood glue (here)
Newspaper or similar to cover workspace

*My colors were Martha Stewart Pink Dahlia, Apple Barrel Pink Parfait, Martha Stewart Wild Salmon, Martha Stewart Yellow Jacket, Martha Stewart Diving Board, Apple Barrel Parrot Blue, Apple Barrel Bimini Blue, Craft Smart Grape Taffy

Directions:

 Colorful rainbow alphabet baby blocks? Yes please! Find out how to make a set for yourself. Click for the full how-to!
 Colorful rainbow alphabet baby blocks? Yes please! Find out how to make a set for yourself. Click for the full how-to!
  1. Pick the colors for your paint, and decide on whether you want a pattern. I wanted to do a rainbow, so I assigned each letter a color and counted out how many of each block I needed from that. 
  2. Find the best side of your block to be the front, and add tape to the center as a “stripe”. I did this on two sides so that I would have the ability to add extra letters or something else to the back. Or at least, if gave me an extra option in case one side looked funky!
  3. Once you’ve taped a few (or all) of your blocks, begin painting them. Each round, I painted the “front” of the block with two stripes, 2 sides full color, and the “back” with two stripes. I did the stripes first, then the sides, and went and did a second coat on the stripes before letting it dry. 
  4. Peel your tape off your blocks and save it for round 2. Make sure your blocks dry fully before doing round 2! 
  5. While your blocks dry, start painting your letters. I did the front and all the sides with a few coats. 
  6. Take your tape, and reposition it on the sides with the stripes, this time going the other direction to form a “border” of color around the edge. Paint the stripes on the front, back, and opposite sides. And let dry fully. 
  7. Glue your letters into your blocks and let dry according to directions. 
 Colorful rainbow alphabet baby blocks? Yes please! Find out how to make a set for yourself. Click for the full how-to!
 Colorful rainbow alphabet baby blocks? Yes please! Find out how to make a set for yourself. Click for the full how-to!
 Colorful rainbow alphabet baby blocks? Yes please! Find out how to make a set for yourself. Click for the full how-to!
 Colorful rainbow alphabet baby blocks? Yes please! Find out how to make a set for yourself. Click for the full how-to!

Alternatives:

  1. For a safer alternative, you can paint or stamp the letters onto the blocks so that there is no choking hazard
  2. Instead of matching all the blocks and letters, try mixing them up or color blocking with different shades of the same color! I tested that below.
  3. Add stamps to the sides of the blocks for extra learning fun! 
  4. Add numbers for a complete block set 
 Colorful rainbow alphabet baby blocks? Yes please! Find out how to make a set for yourself. Click for the full how-to!
 Colorful rainbow alphabet baby blocks? Yes please! Find out how to make a set for yourself. Click for the full how-to!

Ahhh! I mean, how stinking cute are these!? They'd also be really cute as decor with just the letters of your baby or child's name. I love love love these! Are you planning to make a set for your kids? Let me know in the comments below!