DIY Valentine Photo Puzzle

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag. Include a love note or secret message on the back! - from All for the Memories

This fun DIY project works for kids or adults. Using any photo, craft sticks, Mod Podge and a craft knife you can create a unique personalized puzzle. Recycling a canvas bag with a digital stamp, freezer paper and fabric ink makes your puzzle a perfect keepsake!

To make the bag you can use a regular stamp or in my case I wanted a larger version of the stamp so I used the digital file from Studio Calico's monthly kit to create a cut file for the Silhouette and cut it out onto freezer paper (smooth side down). If you don't have a die cutting machine you can just print out the digital stamp and use as a template to cut it out of freezer paper by hand using a craft knife.

Once your stamp/image is cut out of the freezer paper (smooth side down) prepare your storage bag (this is a canvas bag that a Studio Calico add-on came in) by putting a piece of cardboard on the inside so the paint doesn't go all the way through. 

Iron the freezer paper stencil onto the bag with the steam setting OFF. 

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories

Using a blot brush blot (don't use strokes) the paint over the stencil. This will help ink from seeping underneath the stencil. A very textured fabric like this one will likely have some ink link through but it creates sort of a fun stamped look.

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories

Slowly peel off the freezer paper to reveal your finished bag! Let dry and iron over the top to seal the paint.

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories

For the puzzle - print out a favorite photo onto regular paper and line up craft sticks over the top to see how many you'll need. 

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories

Paint the back of the photo with a thin coat of the Mod Podge

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories

Line up the craft sticks over the back of the photo (you can re-apply if needed). If you want to be exact you can use a guide like an old book or rulers to keep the sticks in line.

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories
DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories

Turn over and apply a coat of the Mod Podge over the top of the photo.

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories

If you want, you can add a secret note on the back!

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories

Next, you'll need to separate the craft sticks. Using a craft knife carefully cut the photo in between each stick (make sure your knife is sharp unlike mine was)

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories

You may need to coat each individual stick with another coat of the Mod Podge to be sure that the entire stick is coated for longevity. 

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories

Add your puzzle to your bag and you have a fun, personalized gift for your Valentine!

DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories
DIY Valentine photo puzzle and storage bag from All for the Memories