Several months ago I was in San Francisco for a conference. As it would have been imprudent of me to not partake of the city’s great shopping, I stole some time to jet over to Rare Device, a boutique with a lovely curation of stationery, prints, and homewares. While I coveted many things, one of items I came home with was an alphabet sticker set called, “Just My Type.” The set includes five different gold foil typefaces along with many other decorative graphics. It’s altogether charming and inspired me to due a modern take on childhood ABC blocks. They’re easy to make and while they’re not a good gift for a child, they’re most certainly a great gift for a type or design enthusiast.
DIY Alphabet Blocks
Approximate time: 1 hour (with paint drying)
Materials and Supplies
- Just My Type sticker set
- 12 (or more), 1.5″ wood blocks (I got mine here)
- Circle and square stencils
- Assorted acrylic paint
- Sponge stipplers (like these)
For my alphabet blocks, I chose to paint three sides and place alphabet stickers on the remaining three sides. I used three paint colors and two shapes (squares and circles) and rotated both color and shape across each block in order to create variety.
If you make 12 blocks, such as I did, that will allow you to have one of each of the 26 letters plus 12 additional for special characters or common letters such as “T”, “S”, and “E”. If you have certain phrases in mind, I suggest planning out the blocks to make sure you have enough and that the letters are distributed across the blocks in such a way that ultimately allows you to spell out the phrase.
- For each block paint a stencil shape on one side. Allow to dry.
- Repeat step one for three sides of each block.
- Center and apply alphabet stickers to remaining three sides of paint blocks, distributing vowels and consonants evenly.
That’s all there is to it – easy peasy lemon squeezy!