Friday, June 17, 2016
DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks
What you will need:
- natural unfinished wooden craft blocks, 1.5 inches
- mod podge, matte
- a sponge brush
- sand paper
- 6 pictures printed on regular paper at 4.5 x 4.5 inches
*note: if you use different size blocks then you will need to measure the dimensions of your puzzle so you can print your pictures to that size. For example, I used a 3 by 3 puzzle with 1.5 inch blocks so the width is 4.5 inches. You want your picture to match your puzzle size. The directions below are for a 3 by 3 puzzle, so adjust accordingly if you use different sized blocks.
How to do it:
Gather your supplies. Take your first picture and cut it into nine 1.5 inch squares. You'll want accurate squares as well as nice and straight lines. If you have a paper cutter this is an excellent use for it.
Take your 9 blocks and lay them in a 3 by 3 pattern. Organize your picture squares so they form a full picture.
Take the block that corresponds with the correct picture square and paint on a thin layer of mod podge with your sponge brush.
Place the picture square on the mod podge block and then press down all over very well, double checking that all the edge are nicely secure. Continue with the rest of the 8 blocks and picture squares until you have one side of your blocks covered with your picture. Let dry 15+ minutes or until completely dry.
Now take your sand paper and using a side to side motion sand off each edge of the block. This will clean off any excess paper from the edges. Blow off the dust from your block. Continue until all 9 blocks are sanded.
Take your mod podge and sponge brush and paint on a thin layer of the mod podge on top of each picture square. Let dry for 15+ minutes or until completely dry.
Now you can repeat the same process with each of the sides of the blocks. Mod podge, picture, dry, sand, modge podge, dry. When you are finished you will have six picture puzzles to solve.
Alternatively you can paint a few of the sides with acrylic paint and only use 1, 2, 3, 4, or, 5 pictures. If you decide to paint a side or two, paint first and let dry before mod podge-ing your pictures on.
Once you are finished and all the mod podge is completely dry, they are ready for gifting and playing! Shhh...don't tell Chris, he doesn't get to play with these until Sunday =)