Hey there…..I figured I would do a week of “Christmas in July posts” to get everyone thinking about all the cute crafts they can crank out for the holidays.
Plus, this way, you can start all this stuff now and take your time….instead of rushing around at the last minute like I usually do (I need to take my own advise :)
Anyhoo (my hubby informed me that this is annoying when he reads my blog…..so of course I’m gonna keep saying it! Love you honey!!! :)
The first craft I’m gonna show is something that would be a great gift for grandparents or aunts & uncles, or anyone that you may not be able to see alot.
Photo blocks puzzle!! (Woo Hoo!)
In fact, I made this set for my dad for Father’s Day (but I’m sending it out tomorrow since he just got home from the Middle East, so ssshhhhh, don’t tell)
This is something I saw here, but didn’t want to pay $20 bucks for a kit (even though they are cute!). So here goes:
9 blocks cut from a 2″x 2″ (in reality….a 1 1/2″x 1 1/2″)
Paint color of your choice
6 photos of your choice
A bit of free time
So, I’m not going to lie to you….even though this is a pretty easy craft, it will eat up some time just because you are doing six sides. So this is a great: do-after-the-kiddos-are-in-bed-while-watching-television craft.
First, don’t forget that some lumber supply stores will cut you wood for free or very cheaply. You can even get pre-cut blocks at your local craft store for a pretty reasonable price in the wood-working aisle.
Once you have your blocks…..make sure to sand them so they are pretty smooth.
Then, paint em’! You just need one coat since the paint will be pretty much covered up.
Then cut your pics down to 9 little squares for each side. For mine, the total size of my puzzle was just over 4 1/4″, so I cut each square just over 1 3/8″. But, there were a few squares that I had to trim just a tiny bit off before gluing down. So, just keep that in mind.
Also, I just printed my pics off from my own printer since I was in a hurry, so the pics aren’t the best quality. And, I had a little hard time with the colors trying to run when I put the Mod Podge on. So next time I know better :)
Once you get them glued down, and it dries……put a few coats of Mod Podge on to seal it up. Or, I did one coat of Mod Podge and when that dried, I sealed them with a spray sealer.
And….Ta da! A great gift for grandparents or even your spouse.
Or, I might make more of these for my kiddos since they keep wanting to play with this set :)
Maybe I’ll do one with pictures of Disney characters! They would LOVE that!
UPDATE!! Click here if you want to get to the tute I made for a box and insert for these.