Friday, January 18, 2013

Puzzle Photo Blocks

For Christmas this past year I ended up making a couple of the gifts. One of the gifts was for our work holiday party. My boss always hosts the party at his house and we usually have a gift exchange {the kind where you draw a number and people can steal gifts -- I not sure if there is a proper name for it}. The gifts have to be $20 or under, which is hard to do! Picking out an inexpensive , universal gift for a group of very diverse people is pretty difficult! But this year I had a plan...

I got the idea from How She Does, to mod podge photos to 9 blocks to create a puzzle. I thought this would be a perfect gift for a fellow employee!

What you need:
  • 9 wooden blocks {I used 1.5 inch blocks}
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush
  • 6 photos
Basically all you are going to do is mod podge your photos onto the wooden blocks.

I did this by writing the numbers 1-9 on my blocks. 

Then I put the side of the block in which I wrote the number directly on one of the photos and traced the block. I wrote on the back of each paper the same number as the block.

I did this for each block to make sure the cut out photo will fit the block exactly.

I then cut out the photo squares and mod podged them onto the blocks.

I repeated this for each block, mixing up the blocks as went to increase the difficulty of the puzzle. {I let my blocks dry overnight, so it took 6 days to make. But it was only 20 minutes or so a day.}

And done!

This is the logo of where I work-- Cincinnati Children's Hospital. {The photo at the top is the building I work in.}

In my lab we study the liver, so I had to add a photo of a liver!

I was very proud of the finished product! My coworker who received this gift during the exchange thought it was really neat. But I think her daughter enjoyed the puzzle aspect way more!

This would make a great gift for any occasion or could be used in a fun, unique way to display photos in your house!


  1. You are so clever!
    Cool idea!
    Thanks for sharing - have a blessed week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  2. Featuring you this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  3. This is so great! I've been wanting to make one of these forever. I love how unique yours is- how many people can boast that they have puzzle blocks featuring a liver?

    1. Thanks! It was pretty weird crafting with work pictures. Work and my crafts don't often mix, but I liked the results!