Today’s Holiday Handmade post comes from one of my closest blog buddies, Sara from Mom Endeavors. We were lucky enough to meet at a dinner last January and spend lots of quality time together at Creative Estates and ever since then. We’ve planned local blogger meet-ups and have even co-hosted craft nights via Skype! I am so glad she’s here today; show her some Sweet Rose love!
Hi there Sweet Rose Studio readers! I’m thrilled to be here & it’s a little extra fun as Katie and I are actually swapping blogs today! She is over on Mom Endeavors sharing an adorable Thanksgiving project as part of my Cornucopia of Creativity series that kicked off today! 🙂 So make sure you head over and see her post too!
Now, time for gifts! Here’s a project I made for my boys (namely the older one) that would make for perfect handmade stocking stuffers—Popsicle Stick Photo Puzzles!
This idea isn’t a new one–I’ve seen variations of this idea all over the place & have had it on my “to-make” list for ages! And, I’m so glad I’ve finally made some! Aside from being easy and inexpensive, the beauty of the project is that you can make it so personalized and really perfect for almost any age. You could use family photos, post cards from favorite places, print outs of characters, sports teams logos, old flashcards, etc. Depending on the difficulty you’d like the puzzle to be, you could vary the size of the popsicle sticks (using the larger ones for less pieces), use more complex images, or even make the puzzle two sided! The possibilities really are endless!
Here’s the “how-to”:
– 16 popsicle sticks (per puzzle)
– various 4×6 or small postcard size images
– Mod podge & brush
– X-ACTO knife
– baggies (for storage)
For each puzzle, lay out a series of 16 popsicle sticks so that the sticks are touching. To prevent shifting/sliding, you could place a piece of scotch tape across the sticks.
Apply mod podge to the back of the 4 x 6 image you are using & place on the sticks. Then, go over the top with a light coat of mod podge and let dry.
Once dry, carefully use an X-ACTO knife to cut in between each popsicle stick. I definitely recommend doing this on a mat of some kind and also, recommend cutting from the back since it’s easier to see the divisions between the sticks!
That’s it! Then, you have AWESOME personalized, unique, handmade puzzles perfect for little boys (and girls) of just about any age! 🙂
Thanks again to Katie for blog swappin’ today! Can’t wait to see the rest of the Holiday Handmade series!!
What an awesome gift idea perfect for all ages, but I definitely see little ones spending hours putting these puzzles together! Thank you for sharing Sara!