About This Project
I first saw a vintage style wood block puzzle in a “Dollmasters” Catalog back in 2000. It was a tiny 1 x 1.5 inches, super cute but cost $95 for a set of two. Later, I would find another at a local antique shop. It was a full size version, around 9 to 10 inches with about 18 blocks or so. It was well used and rough around the edges… signs of years of play. But, again, the price tag was in the $100s. I decided to make my own. It seemed only fitting that I would use vintage images in this project. And the end result is as super cute as the original puzzle sets I saw in Dollmasters and the antique shop.
Supplies You’ll Need:
- 6 equal size wood blocks,
- sharp scissors or xacto knife,
- glue or xyron machine
- 8 Vintage Halloween Graphics
Step by Step Instructions:
- Arrange 6 wood blocks in 2 rows of 3.
- Wrap the group with a rubber band.
- Measure the length and width of the set.
- Download vintage images and open in Photoshop Elements or another photo editing tool.
- Resize images to match length and width of block set.
- Print & clip images.
- Decoupage one of the images onto the top surface of wood block set.
- Let dry.
- Using a pair of sharp scissors or an xacto knife trim any excess paper from the edges.
- Ink the edges of the puzzle/image with Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
- Use an xacto knife to cut the image where the wood blocks separate.
- Brush image with a thin layer of Mod Podge to seal image.
- Rotate blocks to 6 random blank sides
- Repeat steps 7 through 13 with a different image each time until the remaining 5 sides are covered.
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