Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Puzzle Art and Guest Book

I didn't think I would have time to enter another project for DollarStoreCrafts.com 's Wedding Craft challenge (sponsored by DollarTree) but thanks to the last full day of school, a playdate, and a nap for #3, I got it done!

Have you noticed that even when the play date is at your house, you still get a TON of stuff done. Seriously looking into paying kids to come play with my kids-- think they will work for popsicles? ;)

Anyway, here it is. 

Yeah... we've been married that long short! Time flies when you're having fun, huh?

It was really easy to put together.

A lot of inventory changes at the DollarTree, but one thing you are sure to always find is puzzles.  I brought mine home and painted the back side white (you could use any color, though.)  Have you noticed how popular chevron is in the DIY world right now? Everything from earrings to dressers.  I thought I'd join the exclusive chevron club and use it for my background paper. 

I removed the glass from a DollarTree frame (I'm sure I'll find a use for it later!) and place my paper inside.

I used white glue to arrange the puzzle pieces in a heart shape outline. Then I glued more pieces on top to fill it in.  I had saved two pieces that fit together and outlined their joined shape with a fine point permanent marker (yep, got that at the DollarTree) and wrote our initials on it.  I also outlined the heart shape because it needed to pop a little more against the white parts of the background.  "Joined" followed by the date completes the project.

See. Told you it was easy.  I'm currently in love with the idea of having guests sign the back of a piece of a puzzle instead of the traditional guest book (that who knows where it'll ended up after several moves). The DollarTree has tons of pretty scenic puzzles to choose from or have a personalized puzzle created from your own photo. I love puzzles and think this would be a fantastic idea for a wedding, aniversary, or even scaled down for a child's birthday, baby shower, baptism,... to record those that shared in your special day.

Puzzle: $1
Spray (or acrylic) paint: on hand
Frame: $1
White glue: on hand
Fine point permanent marker: $1 for twin pack


  1. I love this idea!! So cute!!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt It Friday Link Party. Make sure you enter for the great giveaway too! :) http://www.blissfulbucketlist.com/2012/06/flaunt-it-friday-2.html


  2. Thanks for stopping by. I'll go link up now. :)

  3. I love the idea of a jigsaw puzzle guest book but don't know if I could do this craft! I found a great company on ETSY, as well as their own website, that makes these puzzles for well under $30. They can make a plain white one or one with your picture on it and they are big, at 16x20. Looked amazing at the wedding and guests loved the idea! Here's their link for those of us without the time, talent or patience... www.themissingpiecepuzzlecompany.com and they are also on ETSY.