I’ve seen these all over PInterest and Etsy and decided I needed to add them to my busy bag collection.
This craft is easily done with just pictures, modge podge, jumbo craft sticks, and a xacto knife.
I found animal clip art online, and printed them from Word 2010. You can use animals, numbers, actual family photos, shapes, or even words.
Cut your photo to a good square or rectangle, to fit on the craft sticks. You can also cut the actual shape out, like you can see above in the top left corner of the photo. However, in the end, I felt the other puzzles were more well put together than the monkey.
I decided to use my 9×9 cake pan to position the craft sticks evenly and to keep them in place. I placed the craft sticks in the pan and painted the back of my pictures with modge podge, then attached the picture to the sticks. Once the photo was in place, I painted the top of the photo with modge podge to help protect and put it in place.
I then took the puzzle out of the cake pan and sat it on the counter to dry. Once try I took an xacto knife to the front and cut between the sticks.
This is where the nice looking picture turns a little ugly, because the knife isn’t 100% accurate or steady, but a toddler wont care too much.
I have also seen where people cut the photo into strips, and then attach the strips to the sticks. Either way works, but these didn’t take too long once I got started.
These puzzles fit perfectly into snack size ziploc bags. I made 6 puzzles, put each in their own snack bag, and was able to fit all into a sandwich size ziploc bag. Great for storage!