Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Puzzle Wall Hanging

I made a wall hanging last night. And I love it! The great thing is that it only took me a few hours. And I even had time to work on the Christmas presents I'm doing this year (don't ask me about it. They are taking for-ev-ver. Oy.).

Okay. Here is what I did:

It was actually pretty easy. My local scrapbook store (which is dangerously close to my house) had these large puzzle pieces and had a sample decorated as a Christmas ornament (see I'm not the only one working on Christmas already!). I thought it would be a cute way to display some of my pictures from my recent trip to Monterey. The great thing is that is going to coordinate with the Mini-Album I am doing for the trip. Yeah!

I covered each of the puzzle pieces in scrapbook paper (using Mod Podge) and then printed out pictures that I wanted to use. I used a bright light to figure out how I wanted the picture to line up and then I traced the the puzzle piece on to the back of the picture. I attached the picture to the puzzle piece with Mod Podge and then sealed the picture with it to protect the picture. Then I used my Crop-a-dile to punch holes and set the eyelets in the chipboard. I accented each piece with various thingys (official term) that I already had on hand.

To hang it, I used some twine I had found at the dollar store for another project and just threaded it through each hole. I knotted the twine on both sides of each eyelet to hold the pieces in place.

For the pieces below, the top puzzle piece has two little starfish attached using glue dots. The paper and the pieces were inked using Tim Holtz Distressing Ink-Faded Jeans (love!!). On the second piece, I just attached some buttons I had lying around with glue dots.

These two pieces below basically got the same treatment as the ones above, but on the top piece I used stickles to make little swirls. The second piece got some ribbon I had in my stash tied to it, as well as had some random blue chipboard flowers I found glued to it.

The last two pieces were handled the same way. The first has rhinestones attached and the bottom piece is my favorite. :) It has Prima flowers and adhesive ribbon on it. For the dangly part, I punched a hole in the bottom and put in another eyelet. Then I made little charms (seashell, beads, pearls, and crystals) to hang from a round paperclip that I put through the eyelet. I think it looks pretty spiffy. 

And there it hangs next to my bedroom door. Pretty cool, eh?

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