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Video:Wooden Block Photo Puzzles

with Rebecca Ludens

With a favorite photo and some simple supplies, you can make a lovely puzzle to keep on a desk or side table.See Transcript

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Transcript:Wooden Block Photo Puzzles

Hi, I'm Rebecca Ludens for About.com Home. Today I'm going to show you how to make a photo scrap block puzzle.

Wooden Block Photo Puzzle Supplies

You will need:
  • 4 2 1/2- to 3-inch wooden blocks
  • 6 photos
  • a variety of solid and patterned paper or cardstock
  • flat embellishments, like punch-out printed die-cuts
  • scrapbook adhesive
  • photo tape
  • a trimmer
  • a pencil
  • scissors

Cut the Background Paper

To start, you will want to trim a piece of paper to use as your first page background. Because the wooden blocks may not be perfectly square, you will want to measure each side as you work with it.

To determine the size of paper you need, simply lay the paper on top of the blocks and mark with a pencil. Use your trimmer to cut the paper to size.

Crop the Photo

Crop your photo so that it fits on your background paper. Check to see that faces will not be on the seams of the blocks, so that they are not cut as you complete the puzzle.

Attach the Photo to the Paper

Mat the photo using a solid color paper and add this to your background paper. Keep in mind that you will be cutting this page into four pieces, so you need plenty of adhesive near the middle of the layout.

Add embellishments to complete your mini scrapbook page.

Cut the Photo Into Four Pieces

Place the finished page back on the blocks, and use a pencil to mark the seams. Cut the page in half, and then cut each half in half again until you have the four pieces.

Use an aggressive adhesive, such as photo tape to adhere the cut squares of your scrapbook page to the wooden blocks.

Cover All Sides of the Blocks

Continue these steps until you have made all six scrapbook pages and cover all sides of the blocks.

To create a base for your blocks, cut a piece of thick chipboard or mat board slightly larger than the four-block square. Cover it with sticky backed felt to protect the photos on your squares as the blocks get moved around.

The completed puzzle is a perfect gift for any occasion. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the Web at homegarden.about.com.
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