Putting the Christmas tree up is one of my favorite nights of the year. We don’t have elaborate decorations, but the kids love pulling out what we do have. I love the music, the feeling.. you get the idea. 🙂 It’s magical.
This simple picture puzzle is an easy craft that your kids will play with for hours! Using most of the supplies I had on hand, I only had to buy the blocks, and print the pictures. Block are $3.99 and pictures are less that $1. Total spent = Less than $5.00!
Here is what you need:
- Blocks (1 inch by 1 inch, package of 16 from Hobby Lobby)
- Mod Podge
- Pictures (6 – 4X6 prints, make sure they can be cropped to a square!)
- Paper cutter or scissors
To assemble the block puzzle all you need to do is paint, cut, and glue. Super easy!
Paint – I painted all my blocks white, but if you like the wood color, you don’t really need to even paint. It’s only a tiny bit on the corners that will show.
Cut – Trim all your pictures down to a hair smaller than 4 inches by 4 inches. Once they are square, cut the pictures into 1 inch squares. I wanted mine a hair shorter than 1 inch so that the picture didn’t hang over the edge of the block at all. Cut all 6 pictures and keep them organized by picture.
Glue – Using Mod Podge, glue pictures on to the blocks. I used one piece from each picture on each block. I mixed up the picture pieces as much as I could. Put a layer of Mod Podge on top of the picture too. Do not use mod podge on regular paper – it will wrinkle!
Once the Mod Podge is dry, you can mix up the blocks and start putting puzzles together. I used our most recent family pictures for our picture puzzle, but we have thought of some other ideas:
- Friend pictures (and give it to your friend as a gift!)
- Grandkid pictures (send to grandma!)
- Scenery pictures
- Holiday pictures
There are also different sizes of blocks at Hobby Lobby! You could make your puzzle easier or harder adding or subtracting more puzzle pieces. I used the 1.5 inch block to make these Instagram ornaments and they are still a hit!
Neighbor gifts can be tricky, but this year I found a fun one! I’ve seen this Redbox gift idea floating around blog land, but I wanted to put my own touch on a printable for my neighbors. I love how they turned out!