Remember when you visited your grandparents' house and the best spot was the toy cupboard? Well, one of my favorite things in the toy cupboard was a mini wagon with puzzle blocks inside. As I recall there were 12 1" blocks that combined to make six different pictures. Anyway, it's been on my list to make one of my own for a while, and I finally got around to doing that. I thought toddlers' fingers would handle 2" blocks better, so went that route. Since I didn't want to deal with figuring out how to make a wagon, I decided to sew a little bag for carrying them. I like the way they turned out, and hopefully they'll bring some fond memories to my own granddaughter as well.
I didn't plan ahead to do a full-blown tutorial, but that's not really the purpose of this blog. All I did was purchase 2" blocks, paint them (each side was a different color, but that's not necessary), and then use modge podge to adhere the picture (which was cut into six pieces). It probably would have turned out better if I had used 4x6" prints and made them go to the edge (then you wouldn't have to paint the blocks), but I thought having a border might make solving the puzzle easier for a toddler, and I also had some smaller prints to use as well. Hope that helps!
One of the families we home teach each month had a daughter turning twelve and I thought it would be nice to take her something to recognize this important milestone. However, I didn't have that thought with plenty of advance warning! Then I remembered a Relief Society activity we had done years ago - YW Value Bracelets, and realized that would be perfect. One of the advantages of trying many different things over the years is having a closet filled with stuff (treasures or junk - you decide).
Dancing Fairy Rings) I'd seen on Pinterest were any good. The store I stopped at on the way didn't have wooden curtain rings, so we used plastic ones, but that worked. And it IS fun to dance while waving ribbons. AND they make a cool hair decoration as well for a beautiful princess.
|The St. Patrick's Day version|
|It looked similar to this one, but without the pocket.|