Friday, June 17, 2016

DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks

Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks
A great Father's Day gift idea would be to make these fun and easy DIY wooden puzzle blocks with pictures of daddy with his kid(s). I wanted to make this last year but procrastinated until it was too late. So I put the idea on the back burner until this year. I think it is a sweet gift that both dad and kid can enjoy together.

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.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks

Take your 9 blocks and lay them in a 3 by 3 pattern. Organize your picture squares so they form a full picture.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks

Take the block that corresponds with the correct picture square and paint on a thin layer of mod podge with your sponge brush.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks

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.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks

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.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks

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.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks

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.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks

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 =)
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks
Sweet Turtle Soup - Father's Day Gift Idea, DIY Wooden Puzzle Blocks

14 comments:

  1. This is a cute idea! I might have to send Dean some where by himself so Mason and I can make this.

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  2. Such a cute idea! So fun that you did it all sides! That takes a lot of patience but turned out so cute and special!

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  3. I love this! This would be a great Nursery decoration too. Im pinning this for later as Im set for gifts this year :)

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  4. Awesome idea!! It's so cute and looks like fun to put together too. I love a good DIY project.

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  5. This looks time consuming but so worth it! I love these puzzles even though I find them difficult lol

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  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE
    You can run circles around me when it comes to crafts. I have yet to get James anything for Father's Day, which leaves me 2 days to do so.

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  7. Oh. My. Gosh! This is such a cute idea! I love it! I also love that Aria is wearing Halloween clothes... ;)

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  8. These turned out great! Love the Halloween pj's. :)

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  9. What a cute idea! Great keepsake and super fun for her to play with as the years go by. Love the Halloween jammies too ;)

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  10. This is such a great idea! Emily has a Minnie mouse one but making our own has never even crossed my mind. Good job!

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  11. This is adorable! Pinning it for next year.

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  12. This is so so awesome! I need to make one of these soon!

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