YoBlocks: Eco-friendly Photo Blocks

Brooklyn, New York · 16 Sales


YoBlocks: Eco-friendly Photo Blocks

Brooklyn, New York 16 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Take your digital photos and instagrams, and turn them into eco-friendly, personalized photo blocks! Find out more at YoBlocks.com


Take your digital photos and instagrams, and turn them into eco-friendly, personalized photo blocks! Find out more at YoBlocks.com

Christine Mladic

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Christine Mladic


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In search of a meaningful gift

The idea for YoBlocks came about years go, when making a present for my niece for her first birthday. I wanted to create a special gift that would be fun, educational, and meaningful. I looked for a way to combine the simplicity of traditional wooden blocks – a toy of infinite creativity – with the people and objects from her exciting first year. With parents from the US and Mexico and extended family members spread across the continent, my niece is a global little girl. By creating YoBlocks for her, I was able to give her a hands-on way to interact with her multicultural heritage, her favorite healthy foods, and photos of the people she loves.

Watching her turn the blocks in her little hands–pointing and smiling at the images they revealed–was truly precious, but when I made my nephew his set I realized more fully the possibilities for YoBlocks. Adopted as a toddler from China into an already multicultural family, my nephew doesn’t have many toys that reflect his specific identity. When playing with his photo blocks, however, he can engage with his past and his present, and connect with images that enliven his particular life experiences.

After making sets of YoBlocks for the kids of many friends and family members, and seeing the joy that results from this hand-crafted novelty, I have launched YoBlocks as a small business in Brooklyn. With a small group of hard-working friends, I hope to run a company that is founded on an impulse to create in the most positive sense, and realized in a manner that strives to maintain the highest level of social and environmental responsibility. I hope that you have a great experience working with us.

Shop members

  • Christine Mladic


    A visual artist and fan of handmade items, I am fascinated by the many ways that photography can be used to bring people together.

  • Victoria McPhee


    As a recent college graduate, moving to New York City has opened a world of opportunities for me to explore my community. A photographer and artist, I love seeking out new experiences and adventures in everyday life.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 28, 2012
Welcome to YoBlocks! We take a lot of pride in our handmade photo blocks, and we hope that you'll have a great time working with us.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
We will start making your YoBlocks order once you have submitted your payment, and (if you are ordering personalized blocks) once we have received notice of which photos you would like on your YoBlocks.

While we do give a three week window for production time of all orders, we do our best to make high quality YoBlocks as quickly as we can.

All orders placed in the state of New York must pay state sales tax, which also includes shipping charges.
All of our orders are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. Once we have shipped your order, we will send you a tracking number for your package. If your order is lost in shipping, we will fill your order again.

If you'd prefer to pay for a different kind of shipping method other than USPS, let us know, and we'll see what we can do. We are always looking for ways to work with our customers.

Unfortunately, YoBlocks can only be sold to US addresses.
Refunds and Exchanges
We are confident that our hard work and attention to detail will continue to make our customers incredibly pleased. Because YoBlocks are made-to-order and often personalized items, it isn't really feasible to offer returns on products. However, because we want to ensure that our customers are satisfied, we will consider requests for refunds for completed orders on a case-by-case basis. If an order is paid for but no photos are sent to us, thus inhibiting our progress on producing the order, we wil be in touch with the customer to discuss cancellation.