Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Puzzle Blocks Tutorial

My puzzle blocks

Aj has reallllly been into puzzles lately...
actually, she adores them more than anything!
So I decided to try making her some cute puzzle blocks.
Well, since we have been watching food shows like 
Kitchen Nightmare, Cake Boss, and Man vs. Food
I found this adorable (and free!) digital scrapbooking clip art that was perfect-
little Italian chefs.
Italian Blocks

It was really easy to make these blocks...
here is what you need:
(2) 1.5 inch wooden blocks
images to go on the blocks 
(you can get the images that I used, altered to fit the blocks here)
modge podge and a brush
sanding paper

Ok, here's the how-to for making two-block puzzles:
1. Use a ruler to cut out your image so that it fits as a whole on two blocks.
2. Cut that image in half, forming (2) 1.5x1.5 inch images
3. Spread some Modge Podge on the block face, lightly
4. Place the image down, smoothing it gently
5. Spread some more Modge Podge on top of the image, lightly
6. After the block is dry, sand the edges slightly
7. Repeat on all the sides and the play!

There are so many things you can do with this... custom ABC blocks, puzzles, photo gifts!
Notes: * I used Modge Podge because the blocks were not in danger of going in a mouth. Use a non-toxic sealant for making baby blocks.

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