I really must stop myself from snapping up these tumbling block games whenever I see them in a charity shop, but marked up at just 50p for 57 blocks what’s a crafter do when she just sees their potential?
They do vary in size, I have some really small ones, but goodness only knows where they are at the moment ………..
On the left is my original snowman, made at the start of the year, after I found a Jenga game in a bag of freebies outside a house during lockdown. It’s slightly wider than the ones I am using at present BUT the beauty of all other makes of blocks/bricks is that they don’t have any wording impressed on their sides that needs covering up, so win, win!
I simply paint them in a rather slap dash way with ordinary, left over, white emulsion paint.
When dry I add the scarves. I think I prefer this stitched effect ribbon to my original gingham one, however, due to its extra weight and stiffness it was a devil to glue, and you know how impatient I am, so after a few experiments I went for tiny applications of glue gun glue to stick it to the back and front.
I have used slightly larger, black flat gems on the mouths, but I think they still look alright and remain in proportion. The noses are small triangles of scrap orange paper with a touch of Ranger Glossy Accents on them for extra dimension and shine. I then put a small screw eye hook in the top of the brick so that the snowman can be hung.
These would make brilliant gift tags, as well as tree decorations, but I am thinking about putting them in a cellophane bag with a small anonymous Christmas greeting and leaving them in random places whenever I am out and about in December ……. I know Iris and Bertie would be thrilled to find something like this and I am sure they would also help me “plant” a few too. We shall see………..