Feb 19 2014
DIY Painted Wood Block Nursery Art
Post by melissa fenlon

DIY nursery art on aliceandlois.comLooking for a pop of color and totally custom addition to your little one’s room? This is a very doable nursery art DIY for those of us who are not natural born artists. It’s simply painting a wood block square, adhering a print out of a baby animal (or anything of your choice) and you’ve created these bold, modern DIY nursery art pieces.

We love making simple art for nurseries and little one’s rooms. This modern bird house project is so fun and we adore how this simple gold heart canvas turned out.

Read more for the instructions for the DIY Painted Wood Block Nursery Art and to get your baby animal printable.DIY painted wood block nursery art on aliceandlois.comCalla and I picked out these images of her favorite African animals through a simple Google search. I resized them to fit on the square blocks of wood. You can download the free printable here: wood block nursery block printable

We chose these bright hues for a more modern feel. I love the black and white images against the almost neon colors. DIY nursery art on aliceandlois.comThe supply list: wood blocks (I had my local lumberyard cut a 1×4 into squares for me) // images // your choice of acrylic craft paint // paintbrushes //Mod Podge //  scissors


1. Sand any rough edges on your wood blocks.

2. Paint two coats of your choice of acrylic craft paint on the top and sides of the wood blocks. Let them dry completely.

3. Cut out the animals and cover back with thin coat of Mod Podge. Press them down on desired location on wood block. Smooth out any air bubbles with your fingers or credit card. Allow to dry.

4. Apply a top coat of Mod Podge to the top and sides of the wood block.

5. Let dry and hang! I like to use the Scotch removable mounting squares.DIY Painted Wood Block Nursery Art on aliceandlois.comEnjoy this fun, simple DIY project to brighten up your little one’s room or nursery. I think I’m going to try some more with pictures of the kids. What will you use on yours? Don’t hesitate to share your creations with us!


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  • Amber L.February 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    These look awesome!

  • DimahFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:52 am

    These look amazing!
    One question though, what paper did you use to print out the animals figures?

  • onelFebruary 28, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Oh, they are beautiful. I can definitely use these to add more colors to my room! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  • ChristinaMarch 9, 2014 at 10:22 am

    If want a bit of 3D effect print on card stock. Can use a contrasting color and glue to a piece of balsa wood. Can use a piece of sponge to glue to wood block and take piece of covered balsa wood with print on it and glue to piece of sponge. It gives a three demensional look to blocks.

    I would try the above but on piece of longer wood and adjust different heights of different animals printed on different pieces of card stock.

  • JanetApril 3, 2014 at 3:57 am

    I love your creations!!

  • Valerie zukowskiApril 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Used this idea in my nursery for artwork over the crib! Used nature theme instead but came out really cool! ThAnks for the idea!

  • KristaFebruary 7, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I’m trying to make these but I’m worried when I apply the mod podge top coat it will run the ink of the paper? I just printed my pictures from my printer onto regular paper. Is this how u did it? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!

    • melissa fenlonFebruary 8, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Hi Krista,
      I did not have any problem Mod Podging mine. I did allow the prints to dry all the way before putting them on. Hope that helps :)

  • JuliaMarch 27, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    great idea, do you think this would also work on canvas?

  • PriyaMarch 30, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I love this iDea and these colours aRe The perfect tones for our nursery. wHich Acrylic pAints & Which colours did you use? X

  • YamiApril 18, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    im loving Them. What a nice cOlourful idea. Thanks for shaRing It with us.

  • Carly fishMay 7, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I made three of these in red yellow and green for my sons room. My husband callS me lion, i call him monkey, and our son’s middle name is fox so those are the animals i used to represent our little family. They turned out great. My son can’t stop staring at them!

  • Jo SmithMay 12, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    love them!

  • vanessa araizaJune 10, 2015 at 11:39 am

    does it needs to be a special type of paper for the fotos, or just the regular we all have in your printers?

  • JJuly 28, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    WOW!!! So simple, yet a crazy amazing look!!! totally have to try this!!!

  • ElinaAugust 2, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Nice idea and simply enoUgh.
    I shall try these at school.

  • JenAugust 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Hi there,

    Wondering what i did wrong… I applied a thin coat of mod podge to the back of my cut out image, laid it on the painted wood and smoothed it out with a creditcard as instructed.
    However when i began to apply the Top coat of mod podge, the image began to bubble and lift?
    Should i have waited for the bAck coat to dry and stick the image to the block before applying the top coat?

    These were images i cut out of a magazine, so possibly it was the paper thinness or Quality?

    Any adVice will help! Thanks :)

    • sara albersAugust 16, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Hi Jen – We recommend allowing the image to dry before applying the top coat. I think that the thinner the paper used, the higher chance of bubbles. Also if you apply too much mod podge it can bubble. (Just from experience). I would recommend applying the mod lodge to the wood, lay the image flat and smooth out. Allow to dry. Then apply the top coat. Hope this helps!

  • ElanaAugust 26, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I JUST MADE THESE! I dont consider myself crafty at all, but i loved this idea so much, i made it with images of baby and parent animals. Thank you so much!

    • sara albersAugust 26, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Elana – we are so happy you made the wood block art! Aren’t they easy?! Now you can and should consider yourself crafty!

  • Anna beeOctober 8, 2015 at 10:58 am


    I love these and have just made them for my baby girls room. I’m just wondering though for the top coat, did you coat the whole block with mod podge or just over the image?


    • melissa fenlonOctober 8, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Anna,
      I did do a thin coat over the whole surface just so it would have a consistent look. So glad you made these! We love them in my little girl’s room :)

  • angelDecember 18, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Hi can we use glue sticks to hang them on wall

  • GiuliaJanuary 15, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Wonderful! tHANKS :)

  • LisaMay 20, 2016 at 7:08 am

    My grandson has a birthday coming up I think I will make these for his room they are so cute!

  • LydiaJuly 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Hey quick question! what size of pictures would i print out?

    • melissa fenlonJuly 29, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Lydia, it all depends on what size wood blocks you are using. I would just make sure that the images you print out are proportionally smaller than your square piece of wood.

  • Faigie walterAugust 15, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Melissa, thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! My wood blocks came out so beautiful, I cannot wait to hang them in my kids’ room. I shared them on my blog, with a link back to your blog. Check it out :)


  • Voula GritsasSeptember 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    This may be a dumb question but why do you use Mod Podge as a top coat? Won’t it be sticky afterwards? I just assumed that Mod Podge was more of a glue.