I guess you could say I have a thing for monograms. A couple weeks ago I shared my Monogram cutting board ‘art‘. I have a glam thumbtack ‘S’ on our front door. I have three other ‘S’s within 10feet of the front door. The boys have their doors labeled with their initials as well as more initials hanging on their walls (in fact I’m making Ben a whole ‘B’ wall).
Anyway, today I have another monogram project … this one kid friendly, and in fact kid MADE (mostly).
This happens to be the 8th week of our Summer challenge … Think Outside The Toy Box, a collaboration with five other bloggers and myself to try to come up with NEW and CREATIVE ways to use household items (that aren’t traditionally thought of as toys). This week’s theme was … you guessed it, Puzzle Pieces!
Do you have a bunch of puzzles that you never use? How about puzzles that you know are missing pieces (and thus WAY too frustrating to even attempt)?
Well … we didn’t.
I’m not sure why. Why do we own ZERO grown up puzzles? We have a TON of little kid puzzles (you know … the kind with 5 enormous pieces), but NONE with over 10 pieces (or with pieces less than 3″ square).
Not to fear, however … this week’s challenge was not ruined by this fact. Turns out Goodwill (a place I visit frequently) happens to have as many puzzles as you could ever want. And they cost less than $1! Problem solved.
This beaute was only $0.99!
Just what we needed! Goodwill comes through again!
Now … on to the project.
- Canvases (we used three 10″ square canvases that I had on hand … probably from a prior sale at Michael’s).
- Painter’s tape / Frog tape
- Spray paint (we used Rustoleum’s grey for the canvas stripe)
- Letter stencil (homemade with a printer or store bought)
- Craft glue
- Puzzle pieces
- Spray paint for the puzzle pieces (we used gold, blue, and hammered silver)
- Liquid Nails to glue cardboard to canvas
- Paint stripes on canvases using painters tape and spray paint. Let dry.
- Trace letter onto cardboard and cut out. Note: you letter doesn’t need to look perfect as it’s going to get mostly cover up by the puzzle pieces.
- Using craft glue, glue unpainted puzzle pieces to letter. (You’ll notice our puzzle pieces are pre-painted, but since you’ll be spraying the whole thing in a minute (cardboard, puzzle pieces and all), this was not necessary … lesson learned).
- Spray paint letter. Let dry
- Using liquid nails, glue cardboard puzzle piece letter to canvas.
- Hang and admire!
Here’s the picture version …
… DID YOU SEE THAT GLUE?!?
Let’s look closely … Who’s that model on the front?!?
Okay … I lied about that model thing.
This glue was a momento from a service project I did 5 years ago at my old company. I finally realized that keeping this in a box as a ‘keepsake’ was silly. We should actually use the glue inside!
Sorry … I got sidetracked. Back to the project at hand:
And I worked on Ben’s (he didn’t mind that I helped him out a bit).
Once puzzle pieces are glued in place on the letter, spray paint entire thing. There was just too much of the brown cardboard showing through, therefore I had to spray paint over the entire letter (thus the reason the prepainting the puzzle pieces was really NOT necessary).
Once dry, using Liquid nails, glue cardboard letter to canvas!
That’s it! A great idea to help learn and/or reinforce letters and fine motor skills (applying glue dots and placing puzzle pieces in place).
Here’s your turn!
What fun crafts, experiments, or games have you done using puzzle pieces? Link ’em up here, and share in the fun!p
Now .. stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series and see what they came up with this week:
Up next Monday … Paper Cups! And here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer. We’d just love for you to join in the fun and link up some good ideas each week!
May 26 – Glow Sticks (Check out our Glow Stick Lightning Bugs) June 2 – Plastic Soda Bottles (Check out our Glitter and Glue Timeout Bottles) June 9 – Paper Bags (Check out our Paper Bag Pinatas) June 16 – Kool-Aid (Check out our Kool-Aid Play Doh) June 23 – Ice Cream Cones (Check out our Edible Stamp Art with Edible Paint) June 30 – Pool Noodles (Check out our DIY Lightsabers)
July 7 –
Wax Paper (Check out our Wax Paper and Crayon Melts)
July 14 –
July 21 – Paper Cups
July 28 – Plastic Milk Jugs
Thanks so much for stopping by today!