Grayson’s favourite toy at the moment is the wooden picture puzzle I made for Harper a few years ago. He drags it around the house so we sit down and do it with him. Anyway, we took the kids camping over the long weekend, so I decided to make a portable version to give him something to play with during the six-hour car journey!
You will need:
- 2 x A3 mount board
- Matt Mod Podge & paintbrush
- 4 sheets of wrapping paper (we got ours here)
- Pencil and ruler
- Hole punch
- Large keyring hoop
- Craft knife
- Strong glue
Begin by cutting your mount board into 10cm x 13cm rectangles. For each picture you need to use two rectangles of mount board.
Cut up your wrapping paper to the same size as the pieces of mount board. For each picture cover both the sides of one piece of mount board and only one side of the other. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the two pieces of mount board, then place the wrapping paper on top. Use your finger to spread out any air bubbles or wrinkles on the paper. Then paint a thin layer on top of the paper and leave to dry. Once this is dry, repeat on the other side of one of the pieces of mount board.
Use the piece of mount board that has wrapping paper on both sides. Draw a flap that has a 1.5cm border and use a craft knife and ruler to cut three sides to form a door. Place your ruler on the uncut side and bend the door backwards so it opens. Do different style flaps for each picture by changing which side is the uncut side.
Glue the photo onto the other piece of mount board on the side with no wrapping paper on (making sure your paper is facing the right way up on the other side!). Then use strong glue to glue the door piece on top of the photo piece.
Punch a hole in the top left hand corner and thread onto a keyring hoop.
The book went down really well with Grayson… and Harper, and her friends, and they all kept arguing to hold it.
~ Laura xx ~