I love a good inexpensive upcycle project, don’t you? This upcycled kid’s block puzzle project is the perfect example. Using thrifted kids blocks and an old vintage damage children’s book you can create this vintage style puzzle in an afternoon.
Watch the full video tutorial on You Tube by clicking the image above.
Thrifted kid’s blocks
Thrifted vintage kid’s book illustrations
Scissors or paper cutter
First you will choose your puzzle images. Try to find images that are different enough from one another so that they are easy for a child to know which side or picture they belong to.
Using a pencil mark the overall size of your puzzle and also mark the joints between the blocks. This is where you will cut your image into squares that fit onto the blocks.
Using your cutter or your exacto knife cut your image into strips in one direction.
Next cut your strips into square that match the width of your blocks. I like to keep them lined up to correspond with the image so that I know the image works once the blocks are put together.
Sand any rough spots on your blocks before gluing the images to them.
Put a small amount of glue into a container and use your brush to apply glue to one block at a time.
Apply the glue in a very thin layer onto the block.
Carefully place the image on the block being sure to center it on the block. It is okay is some hangs over the edge. These will be trimmed later.
Once your block is dry add sealer in a thin layer to the illustration.
Continue until all your blocks are done and sealed.
Using your exacto blade and cutting mat carefully trim off any excess paper that is extending beyond the edge of the block.
If needed you can gently sand the edges to give the block a more rustic look.
Add images to the other sides of the blocks until all sides are covered. And now you have an adorable vintage style upcycled kid’s block puzzle.