If you haven't played Minecraft yet, I strongly urge you to. It is pretty awesome.
Christmas is coming up, and I have this friend who is
This set of REAL Minecraft Blocks includes wood, grass, stone, brick, diamond, sand, a chest, and the head of a Creeper!
All you need is
a set of 1-1/4" wooden cubes (about $3.00 for a pack of 8 at Hobby Lobby or Michael's)
some glue (I used elmers!)
a printout of Minecraft Blocks (see attached PDF!)
Scissors / Paper Cutter Thingy
Step 1: Cut 'em Up!
Different blocks have different sides to them, so I included in the PDF a little instruction telling you which side each picture goes on. (not shown in picture)
Paper cutters work WONDERFULLY for this, though you can use normal scissors as well.
Step 2: Bricks!
Bricks have the same image on all of the sides, just make sure the patterns line up!
Spread a little glue on one side of your wooden block, and use your paintbrush to make sure you have a thin layer coating the entire side.
Stick on your image and align it.
Repeat for all sides as needed.
This same method is also used for sand, stone, and diamonds.
Step 3: Getting Hard - Making Wood
and of course the top and bottom are a bit different from the grain.
Congrats! You've got wood!
Step 4: Now Grab the Chest...
The sides need to line up so that the line for the lid is even, with the piece with the latch on it in the front.
The top and bottom are the pieces without the line!
Step 5: Grass!
People see this and IMMEDIATELY think Minecraft, so you gotta get it right!
Make sure the grass and dirt line up all around the sides. The fully green one goes on top with the green, the fully brown one on bottom by the brown.
Step 6: Creeper Face!
Step 7: TADA!!!!
Play with them at home, put them on your desk at work! Bask in your nerdy glory!!!
If you want, you can seal them with spray-on acrylic gloss spray.
I don't really recommend mod-podge or other water-based sealants that you brush on, as they can make the ink run or smudge when you're applying it.
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