I have to say, I have the cutest nieces and nephews! My own kids are getting older–thank goodness my sisters keep me in babies.
I got to borrow some photos from my sister for this project, I made the puzzles for my three year old niece.
These are her pesky twin brothers:
Here is what you will need to make your own puzzles:
- Jumbo Wood Craft Sticks-Asst Color-6 inch
- Xyron Cheetah 2 inch Adhesive Runner
- Cutting Mat with Knife/Blades-7.5 x 9 inch
- Paper Mache Pencil Case- 9 in
- 4×6 photos
Select the photos you would like to use for the project. I found that close-up photos worked best.
For each photo, you will need 5 craft sticks of the same color.
You will want to dig through the box of craft sticks to find the ones that are the straightest.
Turn the photo over, and working with the end that you DO NOT want to crop, begin placing the craft sticks on the photo.
The great thing about these puzzles is the coordinating colors on the back of the photos. If a child gets “stumped” they can always resort to matching up colors. If you wanted to do a lot of photos, you could add patterns to the colored backs for more variety.
She combined pieces of her photos, and her brothers to make custom faces.
I found a perfect box to keep everything contained for only two bucks.
A great way to turn your custom puzzles into a fantastic gift.
This project would be a fun way to help children recognize and memorize extended family faces.
Good entertainment for a road trip!
Add magnets to the backs of the craft sticks for fun on the kitchen fridge!
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).