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Monday, November 5, 2012

Blue & Gold Early Birds

Just in case you are as on the ball as much as my friend Jill ;0)
I thought I would put this set of Blue and Gold cube images up for grabs.


I had a request last year for a "Celebrate" theme and made most of these up.
Jill asked for a 2013 version and for another block side.

This is my new printable.  Don't you love it???  I just LOVE the Cub Scout program and all it does to get our boys off the couch and experiencing the world.  The Cub Scout Promise is a fabulous combination of words that describe what we want our boys to do.
Do Your Best, the Cub Scout Moto.  You may not always be magnificent, but give life a try and just Do Your Best!

This one is the blank side to add an individual boy's picture or a picture of the den.

If you would like the files, just email me at vanessa.cam5@gmail.com.

OK, I may regret this, but let me know if you have a new theme this coming year that you would like to see on blocks for the boys.

It makes a great, inexpensive take-home gift and a really sweet reminder for each boy of 
his time spent in Cub Scouts :0}

***Update***
Here is a rough description of instructions for making the cubes:

 I cut the blocks out of 4x4 {actual size 3.5 x 3.5}  posts.  It is my understanding that if you don't have a saw or a dad in the pack that can cut wood, Home Depot or Lowes will cut them for you, but you might have to pay a little extra.  If they happen to say no, I would say the small ma-n-pa lumber stores will cut them for you.  Just tell them to cut them to 3 1/2" long.  

Now, the cube prints are actually sized for 4x6 photo prints.  Just send them to your favorite photo lab.  Most labs will let you email the files over now.  I print one of each file for every cube you are going to make.

Paint the cubes {technically you only need to paint about 1" in from all the corners since the photos will cover the middle of the blocks}.  

Cut the photos down to the square {they print on a 4x6 photo, but the actual print is only 3.5x3.5 (or actually smaller) square.  I use mod podge to glue the pictures to the blocks.  Paint one side of the cube with mod podge, a nice even, healthy coat, then place the print on top.  I rub it down, then use a credit card or old gift card to kinda squeegie across the print to make sure there are no bubbles underneath.  Be sure not to squeeze out all of the glue though.  It will cause your picture to pull away from the cube as it dries and result in bubbles under your picture.

Normally I do one print on all of the blocks, then start back at the first block and do print number two.  Do all the sides in this assembly-line-style until you are finished.  Once all the prints are glued to the sides AND THE GLUE HAS DRIED, paint an even coat of mod podge over the top.  You may have a couple edges not stuck down.  This is a good time to shove some glue underneath and to rub the print down, then mod podge over the top.  I set out bbq skewers across my covered table to rest the blocks on while they dry.  You do not need to do anything to the bottom of the cube, but it is nice to paint that side completely just to give it a finished feel.  If you are a crazy overachiever, you can glue some felt to the bottom.




4 comments:

  1. We are meeting next month to finalize our theme. I would love if you could do one for us. I'll let you know. Oh and you might want to start thinking about pinewood derby pit passes!

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    1. Fabulous Ann! You know I will be making pit passes too so I will let you know when I have come up with something new ;0)

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  2. we are coming up to our blue and gold banquet in the next few weeks and we saw this and are interested in making these for our boys..... can you please tell me how you did it so we might be able to do it thanks

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    1. Here is a rough description of instructions for making the cubes:

      I cut the blocks out of 4x4 {actual size 3.5 x 3.5} posts. It is my understanding that if you don't have a saw or a dad in the pack that can cut wood, Home Depot or Lowes will cut them for you, but you might have to pay a little extra. If they happen to say no, I would say the small ma-n-pa lumber stores will cut them for you. Just tell them to cut them to 3 1/2" long.

      Now, the cube prints are actually sized for 4x6 photo prints. Just send them to your favorite photo lab. Most labs will let you email the files over now. I print one of each file for every cube you are going to make.

      Paint the cubes {technically you only need to paint about 1" in from all the corners since the photos will cover the middle of the blocks}. Cut the photos down to the square {they print on a 4x6 photo, but the actual print is only 3.5x3.5 (or actually smaller) square. I use mod podge to glue the pictures to the blocks. Paint one side of the cube with mod podge, a nice even, healthy coat, then place the print on top. I rub it down, then use a credit card or old gift card to kinda squeegie across the print to make sure there are no bubbles underneath. Be sure not to squeeze out all of the glue though. It will cause your picture to pull away from the cube as it dries and result in bubbles under your picture.

      Normally I do one print on all of the blocks, then start back at the first block and do print number two. Do all the sides in this assembly-line-style until you are finished. Once all the prints are glued to the sides AND THE GLUE HAS DRIED, paint an even coat of mod podge over the top. You may have a couple edges not stuck down. This is a good time to shove some glue underneath and to rub the print down, then mod podge over the top. I set out bbq skewers across my covered table to rest the blocks on while they dry. You do not need to do anything to the bottom of the cube, but it is nice to paint that side completely just to give it a finished feel. If you are a crazy overachiever, you can glue some felt to the bottom.

      Also here are the different styles I have so far. I will be adding a "survivor" set later this week.

      http://sewcakemake.blogspot.com/2012/11/blue-gold-early-birds.html

      http://sewcakemake.blogspot.com/2012/04/blue-and-gold-inspiration.html

      http://sewcakemake.blogspot.com/2012/01/western-theme-blue-and-gold-prints.html

      http://sewcakemake.blogspot.com/2012/01/great-outdoors-photo-cubes.html

      http://sewcakemake.blogspot.com/2012/01/angry-bird-printables.html


      Let me know if you have any other questions :0)

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