Super Saturday project idea number 1! I made all the printables a few days ago, but spent my time yesterday canning 40 lbs of chicken and doing 400 lbs of laundry, WheW! I am glad yesterday is over :0) Today you can finally see some of my work.
I wanted a super easy, super fast stress-free project for Super Saturday that would be relatively cheap. I figured this idea would work for any family, any size. The ladies can simply buy a beginner set of the 3 word blocks and two blank blocks for photos, then they can buy however many additional blocks needed for thier family size. Only have one in your current family situation? Your blocks can display you and your parents, foster parents, friends, dogs, cats, fish...whoever/whatever your family is made of. Everybody has a family of some sort and this project should accommodate!
I normally have 30-40 kits to get ready for a given Super Saturday craft. This year we are combining with another group so the number of kits needed may double. I really have to keep things simple and fast as far as prep time goes. I made all the blocks out of 2x4s. The "My Family" block is twice the width of the other blocks. That way you can stack two smaller blocks on top of it with no problem.
I have my own saw, but if you don't and you want to do this project, your friendly neighborhood home improvement center will probably cut the blocks for you. A 2x4 runs about $2, $2.50 for the premium grade 2x4's (I recommend the premium-it will save you hours with the sander). Lowes does charge like $.25 a cut so if you have 7 cuts @ $.25 each, plus the lumber, this set would cost around $4.25. You can get 2 sets or more from one board so the project can end up being even cheaper.
**Note to self** a 2x4 isn't actually 4" wide. It is more like 3 1/4 or 3 3/8, so don't tell the guy to cut them to 4" if you want a square. Be sure to ask for 3 1/4 or 3 3/8" per block. All of the small blocks are cut the same size, the photos are cropped to 3" square.
The "My Family" block is cut from a 2x4 board, 6 3/4" long. I painted all the blocks black, let them dry, then used Modge Podge to glue the photos and printed papers to the blocks.
Just in case you want them, here are the printables...
The "I" and the "Love/heart" printables I usually send as photos to the photo printer-Costco is my fav!
*update* had a request for these...
The full page ones I email to Office Max or Staples and have them printed in color on cardstock. I suppose you can just print them out on your computer, but I like the higher quality I get by having someone else print them, plus I think it is cheaper!!! If you have never emailed prints over to a store, it is super easy! Call the store you like to go to, ask for their email address for copies, and send the file as an attachment in the email.
You can get the files HERE as a download with Dropbox. Download those and then either email/upload to your favorite site, or burn onto a disk/jump drive to take in for printing. Once they are printed, just trim them to the colored part and they should be sized ready to use.
Once the blocks are made you can arrange and re-arrange them however you wish. I heard a funny story once. This family had 6 kids, every kid with a huge 20 by something portrait on the wall. One day, one of the kids found himself in a particular amount of trouble. The mom turned his portrait upside down. The family thought it was kinda funny and the upside down portrait quickly became the universal sign that you were in loads of trouble with mom. I guess these blocks could work the same way :0) Don't tell anyone you heard it from me, but if Eli comes in the door late for dinner again he just might find his block upside down, or worse, backwards with nothing but blackness in his place. That is a little crazy, but I promise your kids will have a little too much fun re-arranging the blocks whenever you are not looking.
They are also fabulous to let little kids hold and play with while learning names of all their relatives.
I did make another tag in place of "My Family". The "My Grandkids" tag is on the same page. I made that one for all those grandmas out there so obsessed with their grandbabies, that the very children that produced them have been completely forgotten :0) You can fill the blocks with the smiling dimpled chin babies instead. It could be fun to put a baby picture of each child instead of the current photo. Whatever floats your boat!
Let me know if you have any questions and I will be back shortly with another Super Saturday idea.