Step 5: Painting/Staining

Hopefully you've decided between paint and wood stain by now. You should just follow the directions on your given product since they obviously will vary between the different mediums.

I decided to stain my Tetriminos, and found three different Minwax Wood Finish cans to do the job. The Tetriminos got divided up evenly between the three cans, and once I moved to a well ventilated area, were ready to go.  It was kinda hard to take pictures of this process since my hands were somewhat covered in stain up until the end.

Depending on your proposed use for your Tetriminos, you'll probably want to coat them with a protective clear finish, or seal.
I love this idea. As an elementary school teacher, I give the kids 5 blocks and they try to figure out all of the possible ways to arrange them as pentominoes. Once they figure out all of the possible combinations, they get a grid and try to arrange them in a rectangle. See this link: http://www.scholastic.com/titles/chasingvermeer/pentominoes.pdf<br>or this one<br>http://www.scholastic.com/blueballiett/games/pentominoes_game.htm
Or wear gloves. lol
Clean your hands with cooking oil. :)
That would look awesome covering a coffee table or even placed a frame on a wall. Tr&egrave;s cool!
Those are awesome! They look great with the stain, and nice idea making them magnets!
Gorgeous. Very well documented, too! :D

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