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Tuesday, January 12

Wooden Valentine Puzzle Cubes in a Box

One of the monthly lotteries I am in has the theme (chosen by me) of LOVE. What can I say?? I simply ADORE Valentine's Day!! So, since I picked the theme I figured I should make something cool. I have always wanted to make a Puzzle Cube set. I had these little wooden cubes so off I went on my adventure.

For this project you will need:

wooden cubes (I used nine 1" cubes)
1 box to fit your cubes (I used a repurposed coaster box)
printed paper for your puzzles images (I chose to do 4 of the 6 sides)

Basic supplies:

Gel Medium
Black Sharpie Marker
Double sided adhesive
Exacto knife
Paper cutter
Ribbon/Lace to tie up your package
Versamark ink pad

I painted my cubes metallic black. Cut your puzzle images to size (to fit one entire side of the puzzle). Hold the blocks together with a rubber band. Glue down one puzzle image with gel medium. When dry, cut the image apart on the blocks' lines. Cover with a top coat of gel medium - let dry.

Turn the blocks to another blank side, secure with the rubber band and repeat the steps for each of the 3 remaining sides. When completely dry and trimmed, hit the edges with a black sharpie marker.

I covered the bottom of the box with black paper. I stamped the edges and the bottom with a Versamark Ink Pad and a handful of Valentine Stamps.

I left the lid uncovered as I liked the color and border. I added a framed piece of the puzzle's images to the top. I tied it up with some ribbon and a piece of lace!!


Carol's Crafts said...

Shelly, what an amazing project. I am so impressed that you thought of making the puzzle and then you made it so pretty in a decorative package. Awesome, girl.

Susan said...

Very cute project! Love the box too.

Chrystal S said...

What a neat project Shelly! You've done a fabulous job. It is wonderful!

Dorothy said...

Very cool!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Shelly!!! That is SUPER SUPER cute!!!!!!

Diann said...

Shelly, I love your fabulous project for the Valentine Lottery!
I'm sure it was a little time consuming but it turned out great.
Does the puzzle move around like a rubric's cube? The box is pretty awesome too! Diann

Angie Hall Haviland said...

OH Shelly...LOVE this!! Just PRECIOUS!!!

Julie Ann said...

How cool, Shelly!! I love the paper you used!