Friday, December 18, 2009

Picture Puzzle Blocks

I found this idea on the Roberts Craft Store website. Brianna loves puzzles like this, so I made this for her for Christmas. I followed the directions they had but wish I had cut the pictures just a little bigger so the pictures weren't so off in the middle. Things would've lined up a little better that way. Directions are below. For this craft you need:
  • Six 2 inch wooden blocks from a craft store. (Or you can adjust and you any size blocks you want.) When choosing the blocks try to make sure they really are square. The store I went to only had 6 left and one had a split in the block which doesn't allow it to fit properly.
  • 6 photos printed on real photo paper
  • Sand paper
  • Acrylic paint in desired color
  • Paper cutter
  • Modge Podge
  • Photo box (optional)
I didn't take pictures of each step, but it's pretty straight forward! Email me or comment if you have any questions.
First you will need to sand your blocks down just enough to get rid of sharp edges and roughen up the sides for paint to stick. Remove any dust from the blocks. Then paint a few sides of the blocks with your acrylic paint. You'll have to paint in sections so the paint can dry before you move to the other sides. While the paint is drying you need to cut your pictures into 6 squares using your paper cutter. I followed the size dimensions on the Roberts site but would suggest cutting your pictures just under 2 inch squares so they fit on the blocks but don't have too much space. Notice how the top middle block isn't squared up? That one has the split in it.
When your blocks are dry you can paint some modge podge onto a few blocks and paste your pictures. After all 6 squares of one picture are on, then paint more modge podge on top of the pictures. When one picture is done, rotate the blocks all in the same direction and repeat with your next picture. Working again a section at a time between drying times!

When it's dry you're all done! I have a small picture box thing that is 4x6 inches and fits the blocks perfectly. It's optional, but a nice way to hold the blocks. I imagine you can get one at a craft store!
Brianna loves her new puzzle blocks! Miranda has even gotten ahold of them and sucked on them and they've shown no wear yet, but we're not even a week into playing with them!!

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