Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Attempt At Making Tree Blocks

I was very excited when I saw the idea for making Tree Blocks on the blog Childhood Magic!  Free and easy to make ~ or so I thought! 

Yesterday I headed out into my mom’s backyard, searching for sticks and logs for my project.  Let me add that it was 100° outside ~ what was I thinking?  After about an hour I came in soaking wet, but I did find a wonderful pile of sticks and the perfect log.

I headed home, excited to get started cutting the wood ~ how hard could this be anyway?  My husband had his band saw all set up, ready to go.  I started or should I say attempted to cut my first piece of wood, which I immediately got stuck.  I managed to free it, with all my fingers intact, and tried again.  My second cut and the belt that turns the saw blade slipped off.  Feeling rather defeated I decided to wait for my husband to get home.  My dear sweet husband fixed the belt and showed me the proper way to use the saw.  He watch me make a cut ~ success!  My next cut and the blade broke.  Cost for a new blade $40.00.

Day two, hubby decided I should use the table saw.  He set it up for me and I finished cutting.    The kids were so excited to see what I had been working on and they LOVED the blocks.

tree blocks    tree blocks  tree blocks

The blocks didn’t turn out to be completely free ($40.o0 for a new blade) or that easy (2 days to complete this easy project), but it was still worth it!

~Cindy

17 comments:

(V.Kerr) School Time Adventures said...

I love how one idea from a blogger starts to infect everyone else! I also love what teacher tom made. I also made some wood chips and then used them as stampers.

Michelle said...

Hi there! I'm visiting from the TOS Crew. I love the look of your blog.

Your blog is included in this week's Blog Walk.

Enjoy your week.

Denise said...

I loved looking at the photos of all your crafts! I am so not crafty! Your children are adorable.
I am new to the Crew this year, and looking forward to participating. Love your blog!

Virginia Lee said...

Don't you just love those projects you think will take an afternoon and take days?!

They are really cute though. =)

Lindsay said...

oo very cool! They turned out great! I don't think I could make them but maybe we can play with yours sometime ;-)

Briana said...

I really like this idea. I'm going to have to talk one of my guys into making these for our little boys. Thanks!

Mrs. Taffy said...

Hi Cindy! I'm stopping by from TOS crew! I instantly recongized your picture from TT--I'm the OTHER Carissa! :o) Nice to get to work with you in another venue as well! Lord bless!

Sherry and Donna said...

Cindy I think they are worth every cent of your $40 and the joy the children will get from them ... priceless!
Donna :) :)

Guiding Light said...

How neat! Love this! Stopping by as a member of the Crew. Enjoyed your site!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

Hi again! I'm stopping by on this week's blog walk. It looks like it was worth it to stick with this project! Have a wonderful weekend.

alecat said...

Those blocks look fabulous! Well done .. and I'm sure they'll be enjoyed for many years, so a good investment. ☺
Catherine (aka alecat, via TOS Crew)

Elise said...

Definitely worth it. What a great resource for your children to have. They will probably remember these in years to come.

jlsgrant said...

What a great idea...love the tree blocks. Sounds like my house, it never goes quite as smoothly as it looks! But a great opportunity to learn! Visiting from the Crew, Julie

Pebblekeeper said...

Already love reading your blog - but stopping by today for the blog walk. :) Hi Ho!

Jennifer said...

What a creative idea!

Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

I'm stopping by from the TOS Blog Walk and a new follower. Love these wood blocks! My kids would really have loved these when they were little. How cool! Blessings!:)

Nikki said...

Hi, just hopped over from somewhere, can't remember. I'm starting homeschool next month, as my oldest will be a kindergartner. Anyway, I just wanted to say what an awesome idea and toy! My kids have 2 sets of these, a gift from my stepmom. Otherwise I never would have paid full price. But if I ever add to it, I'll definitely make them. Thanks for sharing!

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