I like vampires .
I like zombies.
I like pumpkin heads.
I like Frankenstein.
I like monsters.
I really like witches.
I like them all so much that I could not pick a favorite…this resulted in some last-minute costume decisions as a child, but today I don’t have to pick because I can mix and match them as I wish while I play with these fun, easy-to-make puzzle blocks. You can make a Halloween set, too, or you can customize yours for any holiday you like. Keep reading to find out how.
Here are the materials you need:
- 3 wooden blocks. I used a set that measures 2×2 . I purchased those for .99 each.
- Acrylic Craft Paint.
- Gel medium or any brush on adhesive.
- Brushes for paint and glue.
- 6 images, sized to fit your blocks.
Begin by painting the wooden blocks with either gesso or any color of acrylic craft paint you like. This makes the wood surface smoother and the images will be easier to glue down. I used black, but when you cut the squares to the correct size none of the paint really shows so just use whatever you have on hand.
Measure your blocks so you can be sure your artwork is the correct size. You will want each image to measure as wide as one block and as tall as three. For my blocks I needed images that were 2×6.
Draw a grid that corresponds with your block size. For example, I wanted one that had 2×2 inch squares and was 6 columns with 3 rows each.
Inside the grid draw your six figures.
The top row will be all the “heads”.
The middle row should be middles. (from about shoulder to hip) Clever , that. no?
The bottom row should be the bottom. (hip to feet)
It helps to draw each figure close to the edge of the square so that when you start mixing and matching the sides of the image align.
When coloring your images be sure any medium you use is permanent and not water soluble; otherwise, when you use the gel medium to glue them down, you may find they smear.
If you do not want to draw your own images, you can download the colored images I drew for only a dollar. (They look like this.)
If you would rather color your own , you can get those HERE.
Cut out the squares and use gel medium to glue them to the blocks. Be sure you line the three blocks up and take note that all the “heads”are oriented in the same direction as the other heads . Do the same with all six sides. Repeat for the middle sections and then the bottoms.
Be sure to seal the edges carefully by brushing gel medium over the sides and across the top of the image too.
Let them dry thoroughly before you mix and match them.