Friday, January 31, 2014

Puzzle Piece Love Garland

 
 

Last night, I cleaned out my art cabinet and came across a bag of red and pink puzzle pieces leftover from my preschool teaching days.  I didn't want to throw them away and it is almost Valentine's Day, so....can you stand just one more craft made from stray puzzle pieces?

I really like this one, it is very festive and RED ~ my favorite decorating color! It is also very simple to make, although a bit different from the method I have used in the past. 



 
I started by printing out my letters in Times New Roman and changed the font size to 450. Then I mapped out my puzzle pieces on the letters to make sure I liked the look.




In the past, I have glued my pieces to a cardboard shape. However, this time, I wanted the garland to appear airy and light, so I just glued the pieces to one another, without a backing. In order to make sure that they did not stick to the paper, I slipped a piece of wax paper over my template so the glue would peel away much easier if stuck. 


 
 
I gave my finished word a quick coat of Mod Podge when assembled.
 



While I was waiting for the letters to dry, I grabbed a spool of red thread and some buttons I had leftover from my Christmas Yarn Tree project and started threading. I added the buttons to a doubled up line in no particular order. I simply looped each button, without knotting them on the string until I was happy with the look.




Lastly, I glued my letters to a few buttons on the garland and hung it up with two tacks.

 


Voila! Happy Valentine's Day!
 




I know that I am very partial to red and while I don't generally decorate for Valentine's Day, I'm really happy with the way this one turned out!
 

Be honest...are you sick of these puzzle pieces?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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62 comments:

  1. I LOVE it! I get obsessed with a concept too; for example, I made tons of things with torn and knotted cloth.

    My word for the week is "create". Every week I try to feature some of my readers based on my theme. This weekend, would you let me share the first photo with a link back to your blog?

    Susan

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    1. Absolutely! I would be completely flattered! :) Thanks so much!

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  2. Oh, I love that wreath. I like the puzzle pieces too, but that wreath! It looks so great against the white hood. Your kitchen is gorgeous.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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    1. Patty, thank you so much~ what a nice comment! The wreath was actually easier to make that the garland, less sticky anyway! :)

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  3. Not sick at all, Kim. I love your cute garland AND your wreath. Your kitchen, by the way, is beautiful!!!! xo Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana...I do love my kitchen. We added it about 10 years ago and I love it just as much today as I did back then. I joke that I'm going to have one of those houses where the kids' friends come back many years later and say, wow, your house looks exactly the same as it did when we were all little. Oh well...at least I'm consistent! :)

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  4. I think that is absolutely adorable!

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    1. Thanks Stacey, it was a whim that worked out really well! ;)

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  5. I love the garland and the use of puzzle pieces. We have so many little puzzle pieces hanging around here - what a great way to use them instead of throwing them out... Thanks, Cathy

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    1. Cathy, we used to make little Valentine hearts from the pieces when I taught preschool, many years ago. It's an oldie, but goodie and it is a great way to upcycle! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  6. LOVE how you used puzzles pieces to make something so stinking cute!

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    1. Thanks Ashley, it's kind of become an obsession...addiction...habit! ;-)

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  7. This is soooooooooooooooooo cute!!!! I made the pumpkin puzzle frame you also posted (I didn't take any pictures) and totally want to make this too. Its absolutely lovely, especially with the button touches.

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    1. Wow, I am so totally flattered!! I would've loved to see the pumpkin puzzle frame! They are so individual, it's fun to see everyone's interpretation. This one was so easy, too, you should definitely make it! And take pictures!! :)

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  8. So, so cute! I sat your little garland featured at Butterfly )8( Bungalow and loved it. I love that you were using up old bits of puzzles.

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol! It is a fun way to use up the puzzles! That feature was so sweet and so unexpected. It was a nice weekend surprise! I hope you are having a lovely weekend, too! Thanks for popping by! :)

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  9. How adorable that garland looks on the hood! And I must say that your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous... the red and white looks stunning! Beautiful wreath...love that! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! Hugs, Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy! It was a fun project, especially since it's red! ;)

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  10. I love this! It looks great. I like how you mixed the buttons in between the letters.

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    1. Thanks Kimberlee...total last minute addition...trying to use up stuff in the art cabinet! :)

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  11. Great simple use for puzzle pieces! (AND... I figured out how you did it before you I read the instructions!) I'm going to use this for a craft project for the teen group at church. Bet they'd like it. And to make sure they come back, they have to wait a whole week while it dries and come back to pick it up!

    Here's another idea for puzzle pieces. We have tons of Thomas Kincaid puzzles... They have so many pictures within pictures. I was thinking of separating out 4"x4" sections and gluing them to the top of subway tiles for coasters. Or the top of cardboard. Or wood. Or maybe even all by themselves! Of course, with felt on the back. What you think?

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    1. I think it's a great idea, Nancy. I think that any of those ideas would work. I like the tile idea, it would have some weight and put felt on the back. Fun!

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  12. Such a lovely idea and decoration! I love that red wreath. Your kitchen looks stunning. Happy Sunday!
    Greetings from Finland,
    Satu

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  13. Over here from butterfly and bungalow...love your puzzle garland / amazing and so creative! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit and the kind words, Deb! :)

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  14. Sick? How can anyone be sick of such a sweet and adorable sight! The wreath and the garland are both GORGEOUS!! Love the way they pop in your white kitchen, Kim. The red and white buttons are so cute! It is not puzzling to see why your pretty puzzle love garland is the perfect inspiration for Valentine's Day!

    Poppy

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    1. Thanks Poppy, I love your comments, they are always so witty! I have to say that I am a creature of habit and once I find a project that works, I stick with it! I really did like this one, too...all that red! :)

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  15. Genius! I love how you made these letters. It worked...the letters do look airy and light. You did such a nice job here, and I can stand many more projects with puzzle pieces. So, keep 'm coming! :-)
    Blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim! I really appreciate the kind words!

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  16. Kim, I love seeing how creative you can be with puzzle pieces and have a beautiful unique adornment for your home. Don't halt the puzzle decorations, please!

    Thanks,
    Helen

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    1. Thanks Helen! I love them because they really are so easy to make and really difficult to mess up. It makes me look a whole lot more talented than I really am! ;)

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  17. very cute! love puzzle pieces for crafts.
    Marie @
    In Our Happy Place

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    1. Thanks Marie, I do too and I am never short on supplies, that is for sure!

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  18. Gorgeous garland! I'm visiting from Sue at Butterfly and Bungalow! Lovely lovely blog! xoxo Jen

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    1. Wow, thanks so much, Jen! You have totally made my day! :)

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  19. That is so cute! I love the idea of using the puzzle pieces.

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    1. Thanks Gina! It's a good way to use up the old toys! :) Thanks for popping by!

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  20. So cute…love it great idea! Would love to invite you to come by and share it at One More Time Events http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2014/02/valentine-round-up-and-party.html

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  21. OMG what a cute cute project! I love it. Thanx for sharing over at THT!

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    1. Wow Pamela, thanks! I'm completely flattered!

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  22. so sweet and pretty

    and love really is
    a perfect puzzle
    when you have all the pieces

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment, Alison!

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  23. This is adorable! What a cute idea! Especially the little button detail between the letters!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sonya! The button detail was a last minute whim, trying to use up old supplies! Some of my best ideas happen on the fly! Thanks so much for coming by.

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  24. So pretty and such a great idea! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathryn! I'm so excited! :) Have a great Sunday!

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  25. No, I am not sick of your puzzle pieces, Kim. This is so cool. I love the pink heart for the "o" with the rest of the letters in red. Perfect! It's so much fun to visit your blog and see what you're up to. I'm pinning this one.

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I think I may have a problem. I am kind of addicted to crafting with the pieces! I'm glad you like them, too! :) I love getting pinned!

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  26. How could we get sick of seeing such cuteness! Love this!

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol! You are so sweet to leave such a nice comment! :)

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  27. Kim...how did I miss this?? This LOVE garland is the cutest ever!! It's so sweet and lacy looking. I love your creativity!!!
    Congrats for getting featured at Maria Elena's party!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Diane, it's always a thrill to be featured! I am really excited with the way it turned out and it was so super easy! You should give it a try!

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  28. This is so pretty Kim! The red is the perfect pop of color against the neutral back drop. The puzzles pieces are genius! What a fun and creative idea!

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    1. Thanks Leslie! I used to teach preschool, kindergarten and grade one. We used whatever we could get our hands on for crafts and so puzzle pieces were a staple. This is just my grown up version! ;) It's an oldie, but a goodie!

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    1. Thanks Sherry! :) It was super easy!

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  30. I love this idea! Yes, I am tired of puzzle pieces! I never would have thought to use them in this way. Great ideas and lovely photos.

    -Jessica
    www.daftlydomestic.com

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I really do love this one, it was so easy to make and super cute to look at...and yes, it uses up all of those leftover pieces!

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