With all of that being said, My January goal is to not only continue living frugally but to do it this month without buying anything from the stores, to use what I have in my piles of stuff. This will also help to clean out my craft cabinet. Although, I did start a little bit earlier than January and created these puzzles for my kiddos stockings for Christmas.
|Before the cutting, after two coats of Modge Podge|
|all cut up! I love how they turned out!|
|all cut up, this one is Pumpkin's puzzle!|
I have a ton of Popsicle sticks and a ton of pictures, seemed like a no brainer to me!
First, I cut the pictures to the size I wanted and what I thought would create a good puzzle.
Then, using modge podge (homemade, equal parts glue and water), I glued the puzzle to the sticks. For Pumpkin's puzzles, I glued two sticks together to make her pieces a little thicker. I also numbered the back.
Once the first layer of modge podge was dry, I put a layer on the top of the picture, to help protect it. Once that second coat dried, I flipped the puzzle over, so that the Popsicle sticks were on top and using an exacto knife, cut the pictures into strips. For Pumpkin's puzzles, I numbered the pieces to help her put them in order and for Peanut's I just put a dot on them, only to identify that they were part of the same puzzle.
The kiddos loved their puzzles, I loved the fact that they have simple activities to do and can play with them anywhere and the best part, they took me 15 minutes, give or take, and I didn't have to pay anything for them.
I made another set and added magnets on the back, so they would have something to play with on trips and their magnet cookie tray chalkboards. You can check out my post on those here.
Happy Month of spending no money!