Tiny Town Blocks – How to Recycle Kids Toys

by | September 27th, 2016 | 4

SKWeckesser with Clearsnap

Hi Crafty Friends!  This is Joyce Shaulis, a creative design team member on the Susan K. Weckesser team.  Today I am excited to share a fun project using the Susan K. Weckesser co-branded mini POP Clearsnap inks and a neat way to recycle kids toys. I also used her Tumbleweed Houses stamp set.


Recycle kids toys

A favorite way I like to craft is to recycle or upcycle items.  For this project, I made a cute community using kid’s colored building blocks.  These colorful blocks were the perfect size for the Tumbleweed Houses stamps-ranging from 1-3″.


Stamping fun with mini inks

Using the Mystery mini POP ink, I stamped out seven Tumbleweed Houses and a few clouds and a sun on white cardstock.


Recycle foam trays for a palette

I recycled a food foam tray to use as a palette.  I stamped the mini POP inks onto the tray to use them like watercolor paints.  The colors I used were: Shimmer, Sky, Fresh, Snow, Kiss, Cocoa, and Ice.


Water color paint with ink

A small brush was dipped in water on the inks to paint the tumbleweed house.  The colors are nice and vibrant.


Cut and glue is easy to do

I cut the tiny houses with scissors and used a waterbased glue to adhere the houses onto the wood blocks.


Add a bit of vintage flair with ink and pencil

After the glue was dry, I used Mystery ink to swipe all the edges of the blocks.  When dry, I used a charcoal pencil to draw around the houses, clouds, and sun.  I then smudged the charcoal pencil marks with a Q-tip.


Add interest with small details in dots and dashes

With a small stylus, I used white acrylic paint to add dots all around the edges.  A tiny brush was used to add lines, squiggles, dashes and arrows. When dry, I coated the entire surfaces with the glue and then I sprayed them with an acrylic matte sealer.


Thank You for allowing me to share a piece of my art today.  Be sure to check out Susan’s blog.


  • ColorBox Mini Pop inks: Mystery, Shimmer, Sky, Fresh, Snow, Kiss, Cocoa, Ice


Joyce Shaulis – Susan K. Weckesser Creative Design Team Member

4 Responses to Tiny Town Blocks – How to Recycle Kids Toys

  1. I want to visit this town !! Fantastic project, Joyce !!

  2. Mary says:

    Those are really cute. Would be fun to make a Christmas village.

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