How to Remake a Wooden Puzzle

For Father's Day we made a Wood Photo Puzzle for Daddy. It's so fun to have a puzzle that means something to YOU. You may have an old puzzle laying around the house that the kids don't want to do anymore.  They will want to use it again after you finish This Little Project :)
Here is how to make your own:

For This Little Project you need: a wood puzzle (we picked one up from the dollar store or you could recycle an old puzzle your kids don't use anymore), an photo (we used 8x10), modge podge, pen/pencil, brush, xacto knife and/or scissors.

Here is what our puzzle looked like BEFORE:

This puzzle turned out to be a Little more than a Little Project for me. But you can learn from my mistakes. The first thing you will do is trace the puzzle onto the back of the photo. Use a SHARP pencil to get As close as possible to the actual size of the puzzle pieces. Then use scissors or an xacto knife to cut out each piece.

{Little Project Tip:} you want the pieces to be as close as possible to the actual size of the puzzle pieces. This was the hardest part for me. I checked each piece to the actual piece I was gluing it to BEFORE gluing. If it wasn't a perfect fit I trimmed it down. You may loose a tiny piece of your actual photograph, but it is worth it. Your puzzle won't fit together if your photo hangs over the sides of the puzzle pieces. It is worth it to do this step (even though it takes awhile!)

I traced each layer at a time like this:

Next, put a layer of modge podge on each puzzle piece with your brush. Let it dry. Then put another layer on and attach each piece of your puzzle picture to the corresponding pieces of the puzzle. Let it dry.  I didn't put a layer of modge podge over the top of the photo yet.  I'm going to see how it holds up.  But you may want to just to seal it.

Here is what our puzzle looked like AFTER:
This was a Fun Little Project.  It's fun to enjoy at home or to give as a gift!


Halfords said...

What a cute idea Jedda! I'm going to have to try this one! Although I'll probably be calling you for help. I'm not as crafty as you are :) said...

This is such a fun idea! Lots of crafty goodness here this week, I love it! I'll be linking.

Amanda said...

this is wonderful, thank you for sharing!!!

Wendy said...

So clever! I'll have to do one of these for my littlest one!

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