Sunday, February 27, 2011

"M" is for Memory Match

Memory match game turned into a birthday banner (and more!).

In our house when my kids are done with a toy that still has life the options are:
1. save for Lily
2. donate
3. repurpose

This memory match game got the repurpose option.

The dimuative little wooden square was just too cute to give away so I made girl #2 a birthday banner.

Here's how I made the banner:

1. Lightly sand animal off the front and wipe with damp cloth:

2. Apply paper using mod podge, once dry sand off excess paper around edges:

3. For the lettering I printed mine onto cardstock and cut out a square shape to mimic wood block:
(I'm sure those swanky machines have a bazillion options for vinyl letters which might be easier.)

4. Apply letter using mod podge and seal up paper:
(Repeat this process for other side!)

* At this point I sanded again and wiped with stain for a rustic, worn look but you could stop here.

5. Pre-drill hole into center of top edge for screw eye hook:
(I used a 1/16" bit.)

6. Screw in eye hook:

7. Thread onto string (I used jute rope) and hang:

And I can easily untie the rope to change out the name for girl #1 when it's her birthday.
And the back side is boy colors for buddy boy's birthday.

A little birthday decoration made from a memory match game.

The before and after:
Of course I didn't stop there.
With the extra blocks I made a banner for St. Pat's:
(On the back is Christmas.)

And a monogram tag for some friends:

Be sure the think twice about your kids toys before you do away with them - all those little pieces can be repurposed into something great!

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Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Wonderful re-purposusing! Your banners are adorable!

Tim said...

What a wonderful idea. I simply love it!

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Hope you had a great weekend!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Just adorable! :)

tracylaf said...

This is GREAT!!! What a way to think outside of the box...while saving money! :)

Nan said...

Hi, just found you on MM at BNOTP. What a great idea!

April said...

Great idea! All that sanding makes me SHIVER, though! :)

Krafty Kat said...

Fabulous idea!

A Vintage Vine said...

WOW! You are so creative....sometimes I am so amazed at what you can think up! I'm SO impressed with this one!!!

Aledia said...

Hi! I'm your newest follower and came by way of Lessons of a Newlywed. I just love your banners!
Have a wonderful evening!

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

great idea! never thought of using old toys for repurposing! and they look so cute! thanks for sharing! just visiting from a to z

Jenny said...

WOW! Who would have thought you could make something so cute out of old toys!? GREAT!

jenclair said...

So cute and cheerful!

Jodie said...

Love this, so adorable and clever! I'm your newest follower, I would love for you to stop by sometime,

Warm Wishes,

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is adorable! Love how you re-purposed! Oh how I wish I saved our blocks :(
Thank you for linking, have a fabulous week!

Tammy said...

Well aren't you clever! This is such a fun tutorial. I bet your daughter felt very special seeing her name like that. What a fun mom you are. My children are out of the house now but I may just have to find some blocks at the thrift store or a yard sale to try this out.
Thanks for the cute tutorial.

Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder said...

I LOVE how these turned out! said...

Very Cute I love repurposing things!

Recycled art is the Best!

Robin said...

So cute! I would love it if you would share this upcycle over at The T-Shirt Diaries (

Madigan at madiganmade said...

These are a adorable! What a great reuse. Just darling.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

What a great way to repurpose! they came out so cute. I love typography so I think the letters look great!

Yanet of 3 SKBs

reasonstoskipthehousework said...

So genius - what a great repurpose! So creative! Your newest follower from TGC.


Robin said...

These are just precious! I love that you were able to reuse what you already had!

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life said...

What a cute idea!