Play: Homemade Toys – Pattern Play Blocks
For this project, I was inspired by a few places. I first saw this fabric tangram thing, and I thought that was really neat, but I didn’t want to go through the effort to do all that sewing and hand sewing. Then I saw this wooden version of the same kind of thing, and I thought that this could be a way to get the same effect without all of that sewing. And then, true to form, I thought I could take it a step further. I was reminded of my mother-in-law’s quilt pattern puzzle. It’s basically a square made up of triangles that are colored on both sides. You then arrange the triangles in whatever pattern you wish. And I thought that I could do that; only with a cube, it could be six-sided!
So yes, I got out of sewing for this, but I did not make it any easier on myself. In fact, wait for it, I made it way harder. Let me tell you how.
First, let me preface this with the fact that my hubby is very frugal. Frugal is probably the wrong word because that implies that he buys things cheaply. No, he just doesn’t really like to spend money. I’m quite the opposite. In Dave Ramsey speak, he’s the saver, and I’m the spender. But, after nearly five years of marriage, I have to say, he’s starting to rub off on me a little. So for this project, instead of buying already pre-cut cubes from the craft store which are overpriced in my mind, I opted to buy a piece of wood and cut it down into cubes.
Now this probably would have been a fine idea if it weren’t for two things:
- We don’t really own a saw. The house that we are renting has a few manual saws, but no power tools.
- I bought a piece of red oak. (For those of you who are clueless about wood as I apparently am, this is a hardwood <–read, not easy to saw through)
|Sebastian even helped me sand!|
|Sanded and ready to be painted.|
I made nine cubes, but you could make as many as you’d like. I liked the idea of a square puzzle, but a rectangular one would work just as well.
|Prepping for the paint|
|Carefully paint one side|
|Carefully paint the other|
If I was smart, I would have just made the last side a match of yellow and purple triangles. But I didn’t.