Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Popsicle Stick Puzzles ~ DIY

Today I have another simple craft project. :o) This idea has been around for a long time, and has also been in the corner of the crafting part of my brain for just as long. It finally made its way out through my hands a couple of weeks ago, and I photographed the process for a simple tutorial. Here we go...
I found these colored popsicle sticks at my local craft store and I thought they were perfect for this project. I used nine sticks for each puzzle, and ran a couple of pieces of masking tape across the back to hold them in place until the photo was glued to the front. Like this:
 

Flip them over and you have a blank slate to glue the photo of your choice to. The tape on the back is just temporary, and it gets removed after the photo is glued to the front.


Print your photos and trim them down to size.




Next you need to adhere the photo to the popsicle sticks, and for this project I used a spray adhesive. I'm sure you can use other glues, but I wanted to be sure that it didn't seep down between the sticks. The spray adhesive worked great - you just have to work fast.




Once the glue has dried, flip your puzzle photo-side-down and cut it apart using the backs of the sticks as your guide.



Once all the pieces were separated, I put each puzzle into its own plastic bag and gave them away as little surprise gifts.


Carrie got the surfer photo, Lucky's smiling face went to my niece Presley, and my nephew Stone got the one with Rexy the turtle. Oh, and the sunflower puzzle was sent to my sweet grandma. :o)



I hear that the puzzles were all a big hit!
They were super fun to make.
And now there's room in that empty corner of the crafting part of my brain...

16 comments:

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

very cute deb! you're such a crafty girl!

Kirsti said...

Aahh....what a great idea..love them..xx

Ruth said...

Brilliant! I'll be having a go at these very soon.

Carrie Rosalind said...

I love mine! :) Super fun to put together.

Rachel B said...

Such a fab idea Deb - Supercute! I may just have to make some of these for the kiddies :)

Abi said...

These would be really fun for school. Thanks for a great idea.

Alison said...

What a great idea..you REALLY are awfully clever!
Alison xx

Miriam said...

Lovely project Deb.

alexa said...

How clever is this! I am thinking it would be a great puzzle to make for my little grandson ...

Audrey said...

Oooh, I love this idea! My six year old would absolutely love to have one of these. Going to search for a nice picture of the two of us or one with she and a friend. Thanks so much for the idea!

Karen said...

Super clever! I think Caleb and Skylar will be old enough for one of these before too long. What fun! I've been thinking of you every night when we see the temperatures in Arizona!

Beverly said...

Love quick, easy and stress free crafty ideas. These turned out so cute!

Margaret said...

Very cute!

Irene said...

Looks simple to make and adorable. Hmmm - thinking of who I can make some for. Thanks for the easy tutorial. You have some great ideas Deb. Thanks for sharing.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Super cute!

Gail said...

What a cute idea!

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