Build: diy building blocks
We still have eight building days left before Christmas and Ana White and I have come up with a few fast last minute gift builds.
This set is made up of 100 building blocks!
And you don’t even need paint for all those glorious colors – I used gel food coloring on the blocks which makes this gift safe for toddlers who tend to stick everything in their mouths:
Check your kitchen cabinets and I bet you just might have the $4 set of Betty Crocker classic gel food colors, those 4 colors are capable of yielding quite a variation:
Ana’s plans are very straight forward, this is one of the most basic builds as it really only involves making a bunch of cuts. And I’ll show you a trick down below so you don’t have to measure out each cut.
This build was inspired by The Land of Nod’s Greater Pyramid Blocks (large):
You can make your own diy version using Ana’s plans here.
I built this diy set of pyramid building blocks for about $50 in lumber, a fraction of the inspiration price.
I used 2x2x8 select white pine boards which cost about $9 per board but worth it for the smooth edges and near flawless, knot-free surface.
The carrying tray is a necessity to hold all those blocks:
How to make pyramid building blocks set:
1. Follow Ana’s plans and cut lumber.
You will be making multiple cuts of each size so it’s best to set up a stop block or mark off your saw with tape:
That way you won’t have to measure each and every 100 cuts.
2. Sand – fair warning you need to sand 100 pieces:
3. Set up the blocks as a pyramid and double check the length and width measurement.
My set measures exactly 15″ x 15″ so I cut my 1/2″ ply at 15 1/8″ x 15 1/8″ to give a tiny bit of wiggle room for removing the blocks – you don’t want the blocks too snug in the tray.
4. Cut tray pieces and assemble:
5. To add the food coloring place a drop of gel into a pint size food container, add equal parts vinegar and water. Stir with paint brush.
6. Place one building block in the container and brush on dye:
7. Experiment with the amount of liquid to food dye combination in order to get all different opacities.
The color variations are endless:
Apply multiple coats if desired to change the colors.
Check back Wednesday for another fast last-minute gift build from Ana White and me.