The new year brought with it
new calendars and some old calendars
that were ready for recycling.
What better way to recycle calendars
than to use them for craft projects?!
The girls and I decided to make some
We used three different techniques that I will
share with you in today's post.
First, we picked our favorite photos
and started cutting them to the right size
for the puzzles we wanted to make.
Mod-Podged Block Puzzle
We had a set of plain blocks in the art studio
craft stash that I painted black a while ago
and didn't know what to do with...
So, we stacked 9 of them together
and measured the square they made.
Then, we cute 6 of the photos into squares that size.
( I think they were 5" x 5")
I started with the first photo, by trying to
cut it into 9 equal squares.
Then, I realized I had a square scrap-booking punch
that looked like it was the same size.
Bingo! It was the same size and
SO MUCH EASIER
than trying to do the math and cut each one evenly : )
After, all 6 photos were cut into little squares
it was time to start Mod-Podging!
Since we couldn't glue all 6 sides (of each block)
at once, we had to do it in a couple of different sessions.
We wrapped up our brush in aluminum foil
between each "gluing session"
so it wouldn't dry out.
I use this same trick when I paint rooms in my house,
I wrap my brush or roller in saran wrap/plastic grocery bags
and stick it in the fridge (between coats of paint).
The end result..
A block puzzle
for the girls
with really cute baby wild animals.
Baby Tree Frog.
We Mod-Podged the mini photos
from the back of the calendar onto the lid
of a chocolate box to keep the puzzle in.
Mod-Podged Cardboard Puzzles
We also Mod-Podged some calendar pages
onto scraps of cardboard.
I cut up the first one with an X-Acto craft knife
on a self-healing cutting mat into random shapes.
For the Elephant Puzzle
we decided to try tracing one of our own
We assembled the puzzle on the back of the
Mod-Podged cardboard and traced each piece
with a pencil.
Then, we (meaning, me, the mom) tried cutting out the pieces
with scissors and a craft knife...
The little curved pieces were too hard
to cut with the stiff cardboard (ack!)
So... instead, I just cut random shapes again.
End result. Crazy Elephant Puzzle.
We stored the two cardboard puzzles in zip lock bags.
Honestly, it would have been easier to just
laminate the picture(s) with my mini laminator
(or a piece of clear contact paper)
and just cut up the shapes!!
Puzzle Maker Machine Puzzle
For our final Recycled Calendar puzzle,
we got out "E"s Puzzle Maker
one of her little friends gave her for her birthday last year.
She picked out a little Penguin Picture
from one of the calendars and I trimmed it for her.
Then, we stuck it to the adhesive piece
of foam that came with the kit.
And she cut out each piece with the little
puzzle making machine (like a big puzzle-making)
We taped the mini photo of the penguin
(from the back of the calendar)
to the lid of an old jewelry box
and stored the puzzle inside.
pink and green mama,