Thrift store/charity shop puzzles and frame become a baby shower gift
This was such fun! I am definitely going to do more of these.
This was a baby shower gift. I used pieces from four puzzles.
I described this on my blog already, but I wanted to copy the tutorial over here for my fellow CO+K fans.
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I painted my design. I kept the above layout handy so I could get the proportions right, but it was still a bit nerve-racking because I had to have the sections wide enough for puzzle pieces to fit, but small enough so I could get the whole image on the "canvas."
Originally I was going to have the background be quite pastel and faint, and was going to help the viewer see the image by outlining the shapes with a black paint pen. (Not a Sharpie! They smear when you apply sealant.)
Working in small sections, I glued the pieces to the poster with a mixture of PVA glue (Elmer’s) and water. This is a forgiving and imprecise combination. Basically you want it as thick as you can while still being able to apply it with a brush.
I was glad that I had made some extra piles of “mostly orange with some green” and “mostly green with some orange.” That was really helpful.
I treated the puzzle pieces differently to emphasize the different areas, mostly by having the sky pieces be almost the only ones that weren’t touching. I didn’t really have enough puzzle pieces, but I was out of Thrift Store puzzles!
I then sealed it with two coats of my beloved ModPodge.
All done! I hope she likes it!