Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pirate B&G Cubes!

NEW!!!  Pirate themed Cub Scout Blue and Gold Cubes!!!

Talk about a brain block.  I really could not get going on this one.  The cube top above is probalby my favorite.

But there is this one...

And this one...

Or even this one!  I hate making decisions for other people!!!
Now you can just make your own ;0}

All of these prints are available in my Dropbox!

Um...still trying to decide if this variation of  the traditional Cub Motto "Do Your Best" is OK.  It works with the Pirate theme ;0}

And a blank one so you can add your own pictures of the dens or of the scouts.

Now for all the mumblage...

Just to be redundant...
 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.   {somewhat of a visual on how I paint my cubes at this posting}

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.

Here are links to the other styles I have so far. 

Good luck all you fabulous CubScouty leaders

 out there!

ATTN:  All, yes I said ALL cube printables are

 available HERE for FREE DOWNLOAD 

through Dropbox.  You can either download

 everything you want, or just open your own
free dropbox account and transfer the files 

there without downloading on your own computer.

Let me know if you have any questions!!!  I 

have tried to make the prints with dates in 

multiple years, so check the dropbox file for a 

new year first ;0}


  1. Those are fabulous! Our Blue and Gold theme is a winter luau. Cinemark donated the Olaf dancing in a grass skirt to our pack. Super fun! Are you going to make up new Pinewood Derby pit passes and awards this year? Or should I just recycle an old set? Thanks for being so awesome!

    1. No Way! The Olaf? That is so fun!!! You need Luau block prints? I am doing Indiana Jones prints next for Ann and could probably use some of the clip art for both. Let me see where I get this weekend on the pit passes and I will get back to you. I do have three years of passes in the dropbox. Don't know if you have used all of those ones:


      Anyway, I will be in touch the first part of next week. Have a great weekend!!!
      The Sew*er, The Caker, The CopyCat Maker


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