Friday, January 27, 2012

It's a crafty kinda day...

So it's been what... two months since my last post?? Sorry about that! I really do enjoy dabbling into the world of blogging, but as every one knows, Christmas is a crazy time of year, we had the flu and then we were trying to get back on some kind of schedule after the holidays were over. But I'm back now, so let's pretend there was no time between these posts {I can keep a secret if you can!} I can't promise it won't happen again, but I can say that I'm going to try to post an entry at least once a week. I have soooo many craft ideas, home reno projects and scrapbook pages to share with all of you!

Ok, so moving on.... it's a PA day today and that means no school for H and no daycare for J {which also means I'm home until the evening! Yahoo!} It also snowed today and I really don't feel like going outside so I decided to pull something off of my craft board on Pinterest. {If you haven't been to Pinterest, you MUST go!! It's be next best addiction to Facebook ever!}

Here's the original Pinterest pin that I saw. It's a pretty simple craft, but I had to figure out what size to cut the pictures and such, so I'm just going to add all that into my post today. Here's the finished puzzle we made...

Now for how I did it. Here's the materials you'll need:

Popsicle Sticks {more like the big tongue depressors}
4x6 pictures of your choice
Mod Podge
Sponge brush {or paint brush for mod podge}
Paper Trimmer {optional, can use scissors and a ruler instead.}

Here's my original picture before turning it into a puzzle. {It's actually our family Christmas card from this year! Photos were taken by Jennifer Hall, and she also designed our card too.}

First you're going to cut 1/4" to 1/2" off the width of your picture.In my case it was from the height because it was a portrait layout, not landscape. 

Next you cut the picture into 5/8" strips.

Brush a layer of Mod Podge onto the stick and then put your picture strip on top.

Continue that until all your strips are on the sticks.

Mod Podge creates a protective barrier on top of papers, pictures and the like. This is ideal for "little hands" to make it last longer... and less sticky. Just pour it on top of the picture, and brush it on.

Don't worry! It dries clear!!

Even H was in on the action! {Yes, it's THAT easy.}

Put it on some parchment or wax paper {or newspaper} and let it dry.

It was so easy, we actually made 4 puzzles today!

And the girls had fun putting them together after they were all dry. All in all it took me maybe 25 mins to do all 4 puzzles and for them to dry. Easy Peasy!!
Oh, and I had to throw this one in there... Doesn't J look like a doll today!? So cute!

Happy Crafting!! Hope to post again soon! {Like a week or earlier soon!}


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