Monthly Archives: December 2015

How To Make A Photo Block Puzzle

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One of the things that I enjoy most about Christmas, is creating handmade gifts for family and friends.  I take a lot of photographs throughout the year, and this project is a fun way to feature some of them.  It was very easy to create and also inexpensive.

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Materials Needed:

  • Wooden blocks 1.5 inches. I used 9 of them.
  • Glossy photo paper.
  • Mod Podge.
  • Acrylic craft paint.  I used 4 different colors that I happened to have on hand that were suitable for a little boy.
  • Ink jet printer.
  • Foam brushes.
  • Sand paper, pencil and paper cutter.

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To begin this project, I numbered the sides of the blocks.  I placed a number 1 on the side that would feature the first photo.  Then I turned the blocks over and placed a number 2 to allow for the second photo.  This helped me to keep track of where the photographs would be placed so that I would remember to leave these areas unpainted.  Next, I painted each side a different color.  While the paint dried, I edited my pictures and cropped them to 4.5 x 4.5 inches, using my Corel Paint Shop Pro program.  These are the dimensions of the block shape with the 9 blocks put together.  I printed the photos onto the glossy paper.  I placed the picture face side down along the bottom edge of the wooden blocks and marked where the edges of the blocks are located.

 

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Next, I placed  the picture face down along the right side of the blocks and marked the edges.  Then I lined the photograph up on my paper cutter and cut along the marked lines.

 

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Apply a thin coat of Mod Poge to the unpainted side of the block and add the photograph piece.  Repeat this step for all of the other 8 blocks.  Let this dry completely.  I let mine sit overnight.  With a piece of fine sand paper, carefully sand the edges of the blocks.  Be sure to sand in a side to side direction.  This will remove the excessive paper from the edges and also give the blocks a slightly distressed look. I wiped each block off to remove the sanding dust being careful not to damage the photo.  Apply a thin layer of Mod Poge over the photo to protect and seal it.

 

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Repeat this entire process for placement of the second photograph.  I really liked the way this puzzle came out and can’t wait to give it as a Christmas present!

 

 

 

 

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