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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Photo Cube Puzzle

I saw these photo cube puzzles on Not So Idle Hands and knew I had to make some. They are so stinkin' cute!

I ended up making one for my mom for her birthday and had so much fun doing it I'm planning to make more for Christmas or other birthdays. Yes, I plan Christmas as soon as the previous Christmas is over!

Mod Podge
Wooden blocks (mine were 1 1/4 inch blocks from Hobby Lobby-it was 8 blocks for under $3)
Paint color of your choice
6 pictures, cropped and sized according to your block size
Once you have your blocks, sand the edges so they're smooth and paint them whatever color you desire. I chose black. I only painted the edges because the pictures will cover most of the blocks.Since my blocks were 1 1/4 inch, and my puzzles had 6 blocks, my pictures had to measure 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches. You could use larger blocks or more (Emily at Not So Idle Hands used 9 blocks).

Once your photos are cut down to the size of your puzzle, cut all 6 photos into squares the size of your blocks. I traced one block onto a piece of paper and used that as a stencil. Make sure the pictures fit; some might need to be trimmed down a tiny bit.
Now, Mod Podge your pictures onto the blocks. Make sure you have some method for making sure parts of the same picture don't end up on the same block :) I ended up gluing on one picture at a time, letting it dry, and moving onto the next. Once that is dry, cover with a few coats of Mod Podge to seal and you have a darling photo cube puzzle!

K is getting into puzzles so I'm trying to figure out what kind of kiddy puzzle I could do...maybe construction vehicles or something?

I'm linking up to Creative Chick Parade @ Trendy Treehouse, Making Monday Marvelous @ CRAFT,  Try and Tell at Mom Tried It as well as:



  1. I saw your comment on Ali's blog (Mommie Life) so I thought I would come check your blog out! I'm your 100th follower! ;)

  2. This is so very cute! I am going to have to try this. It will be perfect for Grandma for Mother's Day. :-)

  3. That is a great gift idea! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh that'd make a great gift for my mom for mother's day! Might have to try that! Thanks for sharing it.

  5. great idea! come on over and link up to MMM :)

  6. Following you by GFC from the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop.