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Building Block Picture Puzzle

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Kids love building blocks and kids love picture puzzles. So why not combine the two and make a picture puzzle with building blocks. This is a great project for kids. They can help build it and then they can play with it.

 
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Step 1: Materials

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Building Blocks (any style will work)

Printable Sticker Paper (full sheets work best)

Scissors

Sharp Knife

Bar Clamp (optional)

Small Wooden Bar (optional)

Step 2: Select a Picture

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The first thing that you need to do is choose a picture to use for the puzzle. You can use one of your kid's favorite characters, or you can take a picture of their favorite animal. Use your imagination.

Step 3: Print Out the Picture on Sticker Paper

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Now you need to print out the picture on sticker paper. You can find full sheet of printable sticker paper in the office supply section of most big-box stores like Walmart. Load the paper into your printer and print the picture. Then use a pair of scissors to trim off the border around the picture.

Step 4: Make a Large Block Frame for the Picture

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Make a large rectangle of blocks that is the same size as the picture.

Step 5: Clamp the Blocks Together (optional)

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To ensure that the blocks are stuck together evenly it may help to clamp them between two pieces of wood. However this is entirely optional.

Step 6: Apply the Sticker to the Block

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Now you need to apply the sticker to the blocks. Peel off the backing in one corner. Then line that corner up with the corner of the blocks. Slowly apply the sticker to the blocks. Use your hand to press the sticker and smooth it out as you go.

Step 7: Use a Knife to Trim Any Excess Around the Sides

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If the picture goes over the edge of the blocks, use your knife to trim off the excess.

Step 8: Cut Along the Rows of Blocks

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Now you are ready to begin cutting out the blocks. Start by cutting along the rows of blocks. You can just stick your knife into the grove between the blocks and drag it along the row.

Step 9: Cut Out the Individual Block

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Once the rows of blocks are separated, you can cut out the individual blocks. On the end row, use your knife to cut along the grove between the blocks. Then carefully remove the blocks one at a time. Repeat this with each row until all the blocks are separated.

RarityEG25 days ago
nice!!
Snowball1027 days ago

Looks so fun!

nintenbro6427 days ago
This is a fantastic idea
patatarium28 days ago
Cool ! I may try this :•)

Very clear steps! Thanks for posting...can't wait to try this. :)

Great idea! As a puzzle lover, I crave challenges and mix ups. The fact that you have the power to choose the picture is a win.
Wow! This is really cool! You could use this same technique to put designs on Lego creations. Thanks for sharing:)

This is a great idea! You could even do a puzzle on both sides to make it even harder!

Or you could make a 3D puzzle.