Friday, June 3, 2011

Chalkboard Block Puzzle

by Liz Stanley at Momtastic                 
Tutorial - This DIY gift idea is ideal for any child. It's a fun combination of three things all young kids love: blocks, chalk and puzzles!Yet,  because the child (or adult) can draw any object they want, it can be for any age kid.  Older children might like to be the chalk artist and work with younger children on solving their puzzle!


    Four natural wood blocks (available at craft stores). Mine were 2''x 2''

    Spray chalkboard paint (available at hardware stores)

    Fine sandpaper (I used 220)



Use the sandpaper to sand all four blocks to smooth the corners and edges.


In a well ventilated area, coat the four blocks with chalkboard paint. The spray is a much easier form than the brush-on version. Spray all the exposed sides you can, then wait an hour or two to flip them over and finish the bottom.


When completely dry, move the blocks into a square as perfectly together as possible.


You can draw an image now with the chalk. Keep in mind that it will be a puzzle for the child to put together, so keep the drawing very simple.


You can also do the child's initial. Either way, if you're giving it as a gift it's a good idea to show them an example of what they can do with their chalkboard block puzzle.


When gifting, draw an image on the blocks and include some colorful chalk as well for them to get started.

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