My kiddo used to be over her building blocks. Whereas she once spent hours building entire wooden cities, she’s into superheroes now. So I made these outdated toys brand-new again, kicked her building block play back into high gear, and totally thrilled the socks off of her just by decoupaging comic book images onto some of her blocks.
1. Pick your materials. I killed two birds with one stone by sorting through my kiddo’s blocks and finding the ones that used to be painted but now were chipped, that had scribbles or stains on them, or that we’d bought as seconds and you could tell. This way, you’re not ruining your kid’s expensive, heirloom-quality building blocks–you’re making them better!
My kid’s way into superheroes, so all I had to do for inspiration is dig through our family’s giant collection of old comic books. But as for you… What are you interested in?
- Want something decorative? Use scrapbook paper!
- Want something Christmas-themed? Use wrapping paper!
- Want something sweet? Use picture book pages!
- Want something nerdy? Use a dictionary!
Any type of paper should work for this project, so go nuts!
If you’re using a block that’s not perfectly symmetrical, like my G.I. Joe right triangle-themed block in the photo, remember that you’ll need to flip your block over to fussy cut out the image for the block’s opposite side.
3. Glue the images to the blocks. Choose your favorite glue, just to get the images stuck down–you’ll be sealing them later, so don’t worry too much about the glue. Spray adhesive is probably the easiest choice, but Mod Podge is a more eco-friendly option.
4. Seal with your favorite sealant. You can paint on several layers of Mod Podge, or use a few coats of any clear top coat that you already have in your stash.
Once the blocks are sealed, they’re ready to be played with. And now your kid’s giant block cities will have plenty of heroic stuff for the Avengers to do in them!