Picture Perfect Puzzle

Last week, I was blown away by all the fantastic ideas you gals linked up to the Kids’ Craft Challenge!  Now, thanks to you, I have a huge to-do list!  The first project Little Crafter and I tackled from the party was a popsicle stick puzzle that was linked up by Flip Chick Designs.  It’s simple, fun, cheap, and we already had everything we needed to make it {which was important since we were stuck at home waiting for the ‘bug man’ to come take care of our ant problem}.
The original puzzles Flip Chick Designs linked up were cute little Fall designs.
I thought they were adorable!  But I also thought it might be fun to try using a photo instead.
I picked this picture from when we went pumpkin picking last weekend.  I thought Little Crafter would enjoy seeing himself in the puzzle and that the tree and hay backdrop would be just challenging enough for his age and ability level.
I printed out the photo, we cut it into strips, and glued the strips to wooden craft sticks. {Ours were the wooden skill sticks that came in our rainy day kit from our friends at Craftprojectideas.com}.  For a really great step-by-step photo tutorial of how to do that, check out the original post at FCD.
Then, we mixed up the sticks…
 …and started putting the puzzle together starting with the easy part, us!
 He thought it was awesome to be the star of his own puzzle.  I thought it was fantastic that it cost me absolutely nothing.  For a puzzle-lover like Little Crafter, this is a great idea; he can get new ones practically for free whenever he gets bored with {or too good at} the ones he has already.
What about you?  Have you attempted any of those great projects?  Did you check them out?
In case you didn’t notice, there are links on the sidebar right above my buttons for all of the previous craft challenges, so if you missed one, you can still see all the fabulous submissions!
And don’t forget to link up your pink at this week’s party!
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Happy Crafting!
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22 comments on Picture Perfect Puzzle

  1. Grandma
    October 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM (4 years ago)

    I love that picture…made an amazing puzzle…I’ll bet he loved it…
    Really cute.

  2. Natalie
    October 16, 2011 at 8:13 PM (4 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, these are genius! I love them! I know what I’ll be doing the rest of the day now! ;)

  3. Denise :)
    October 16, 2011 at 8:14 PM (4 years ago)

    Clever, clever!! My grandson *loves* looking at himself (as do most littles) — I’ll have to keep this in mind for him!!! :)

  4. Tori
    October 16, 2011 at 8:59 PM (4 years ago)

    This would be a great gift for a friends son for christmas he is three.
    Thanks again

  5. Erin
    October 16, 2011 at 10:23 PM (4 years ago)

    Have you seen Gwen’s set? She made these a couple of weeks ago, and also added wording, so DJ could work on his words too! I’m pretty sure Collin would just chew on his ;)

  6. Kaysi
    October 17, 2011 at 1:02 AM (4 years ago)

    That is so fun and creative!!

  7. Jamie
    October 17, 2011 at 1:56 AM (4 years ago)

    I’ve seen this Popsicle stick puzzle before but I LOVE the idea of using a photograph to do it!! Really good one. :o)

    For Love of Cupcakes

  8. Jamie L.
    October 17, 2011 at 2:17 AM (4 years ago)

    That is a great idea for puzzles! I’ll have to try those when my little one is old enough to do them!!

    –Jamie – The Denver Housewife

  9. April's Homemaking
    October 17, 2011 at 2:52 PM (4 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea! You could use this Popsicle stick puzzle idea for some many wonderful different lessons- I will have to use this for my Sunday school class. Thanks for sharing! ~April

  10. Terry
    October 17, 2011 at 7:12 PM (4 years ago)

    This is such a great idea and the price was definitely right!! I love the links being so handy for the craft challenge entries. Nice idea.

  11. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear
    October 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM (4 years ago)

    What a great personalized puzzle. Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday.


  12. Lori
    October 22, 2011 at 7:21 PM (4 years ago)

    Great idea! Love the photo idea.

    Thanks for sharing on the Holiday Kid Craft Link Up,

  13. Laura @Art For Little Hands
    October 24, 2011 at 2:39 AM (4 years ago)

    We did this with my kids drawings. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to make it with photos or printouts! I think the photo is so cute and would be a great gift too. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness. Hope you come back again tomorrow!

  14. Jasmine Smith
    January 17, 2012 at 6:36 AM (4 years ago)

    Woah! this blog is excellent I love reading your articles. Keep up the great work! You know, lots of people are searching around for this info, you can help them greatly.


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