DIY Stacking House Blocks

Mer Mag | Stacking House Blocks

Hello good friends! Yes we’ve been absent for quite some time. During our holiday travels baby girl got very sick with respiratory issues and was hospitalized over New Years. She’s recovered nicely but I then proceeded to get sicker than sick (for over 10 days – no fun people) but rest assured we are all now healthy and well (as long as we have an inhaler close by for baby girl) and ready to start this New Year already! So many good things are in store this year. I’m speaking at ALT SLC this Friday on collaborations and…I have a book, PLAYFUL coming out in the FALL!!! Yippee!!! I canNOT wait to share this with you. It’s like my fourth baby (OK not really, I always hate it when people say that. But it does feel very close to my heart and I’m honored to have worked with so many AMAZING people on it. I’m just utterly giddy about it really. And rest assured I’ll post more on this later).

So let’s get started on this craft already, what do you say? I have had this idea of stacking house blocks for baby M for quite some time and decided I’d finally make them for Christmas. And lucky for me, and all of you, they are super easy to make and she loves them!

Mer Mag | Stacking House Blocks

To make these blocks you’ll need:

  • a 4×4 board at least 32″ long
  • a saw of sorts (we used a chop saw)
  • sand paper
  • acrylic craft paints in at least three colors (non-toxic if making for a baby)
  • beeswax polish (optional)

 

MAKING THE BLOCKS:

  1. Start by cutting nine 4×4 blocks
  2. For the three peaked roof blocks, with a pencil, drawn a line down the center of each block. Set your saw at 45 degree angle and begin your cut on the center of the line. Repeat for the other side of the roof. *note from Jon (who cut these for me): if there is a bow to the board or it’s not centered, your roof pitch will be different for each side.
  3. Sand the blocks
  4. Now for the fun part (for me at least)! Paint 2 square blocks and one roof block in each color, resulting in three house colors total. Once the base color is dry, go back over and create details such as doors, windows and roof tiles. Have fun with it!
  5. Seal with beeswax polish if you wish.

Mer Mag | Stacking House Blocks

And fun is what we just keep on having! Little O actually joined in all the fun and insisted on making a high tower out of all the blocks. I loved his little high rise. The combinations are truly endless and I love what they look like in any configuration. And baby M? well she’s content to gnaw and  knock them over…again…and again…

Mer Mag | Stacking House Blocks

And if you make some stacking blocks of your own please do share! I’m so excited about the deco possibilities and can’t wait to see what ideas you might have. I went pretty simple with the color scheme and design on  these as I wanted them to mix into her nursery decor in a seamless and modern way but these would also be lots fun with tons of color.

 

January 21, 2014

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42 Comments

  1. Reply

    Annis

    January 21, 2014

    I saw this on pinterest and really love it! I think i’m going to make them too. I love the colors and patterns you choose!

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      Merrilee

      January 21, 2014

      thanks Annis! do make them and let me know how they turn out! xo Mer

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    I love polka dots

    January 21, 2014

    What a cool idea!

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    jackeline

    January 21, 2014

    Muy bueno para estimular y facil de hacer

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    Jessica

    January 22, 2014

    Such a lovely project!
    Without reading the steps and only looking at the pics I thought these blocks were made of cardboard boxes, which I think I will try. They probably won’t hold themselves together as well as wood but I love the idea x

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    Cecilia

    January 24, 2014

    I love this project. I am glad that you and your daughter are better. Terrible start of the new year but with the news of your book it seems like its going to get better 😉 looking forward to it already!

    • Reply

      Merrilee

      January 24, 2014

      thank you Cecilia for your kind comments. It’s so nice to have her feeling better (although most definitely prone to weezing). xo Mer

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    Kids Activities

    January 24, 2014

    Your daughter looks amazing sitting next to those blocks. These reminded me of a show I watched when I was still a child. It was a town made of clay. Everyone, the houses were made of clay, I simply loved that show. Thanks showing this amazing craft

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      Merrilee

      January 24, 2014

      ooh that show sounds so nostalgic and happy. thanks for sharing! xo Mer

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    Nicoleta

    January 26, 2014

    Nice toys, my nephew would love them

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    jeanine

    February 3, 2014

    love love love the colors you chose as well…
    im thinking no saw, might have to search through the recycle for some
    cardboard ;D thanks for the inspiration !

    • Reply

      Merrilee

      February 3, 2014

      yes recycled cardboard would be great for these too! xo Mer

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    Colleen Pastoor

    February 13, 2014

    Love this! I think I’m going to have to make these for the twins… I love how simple the colours and designs are.

    • Reply

      Merrilee

      February 13, 2014

      Thanks Colleen! Yes, make them for your littles. So fun. So glad you like the colors. It’s always hard to decide whether to go more colorful or to strain back a bit. I find simplicity usually always works best. xo Mer

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    Kenzie @ Hello Neverland

    November 7, 2014

    So cute! I have one question–are these safe for baby to put in her mouth? (Because I know it’s going to happen no matter what…)

    • Reply

      Merrilee

      November 7, 2014

      yes it’s just depends on what paint you use. Use a child safe paint and you’re all set. xo mer

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    Ben

    November 8, 2014

    Thanks for the idea! My wife thought this would be a great birthday present for our nice. In absence of a chop saw, I’ve been hand-sawing a 4×4 all day. Maybe I’ll have it done by next year’s birthday.

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      Merrilee

      November 12, 2014

      oh so excited. You’ll love them. totally worth it 🙂
      xo Mer

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    Hayley | Roots & Whim

    May 15, 2015

    Came across this project on Treasures & Travels! So great! I have lots of littles in my life that I would love to make these for, primarily my future little niece or nephew that is currently baking. I think they’d make adorable nursery decor until he/she is old enough to play with them. Love love love this idea!!!

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      Merrilee

      May 15, 2015

      Oh I hope you love them as much as we do when you make them! xoxo Mer

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    Tabi Bee

    March 12, 2017

    Such sweet little houses! I love how they stack, and the colours are amazing!

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    Lindsey

    October 6, 2017

    Love the idea – Could your daughter pick them up herself, how heavy were they to play with. Any injuries from falling block towers? Thinking of making this as a gift.

    • Reply

      Merrilee

      October 19, 2017

      You can find hallow blocks at the craft store that are lighter but then the roof top would have to be square.

      We didn’t have any injuries from them falling over but I will say we had to make sure to tell older brothers to not throw them! ha! Which they were good about.

      xo
      Mer

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