I originally saw this idea on pinterest and thought what a cute stocking stuffer it would make for Oliver. I love the idea of doing seasonal puzzles but I knew that trucks would really catch Oliver’s eye and serve him all year round.
I had the colored popsicle sticks (dollar store) and mod podge in my stash so I set off searching Google images for various cartoon images – a fire truck, dump truck, police car, excavator, loader, garbage truck, and ambulance.
I laid out six popsicle sticks and measured the height of the whole thing, then printed and cut the images out to that size. Then I measured the height of one stick and cut the images into strips just a tiny bit narrower than that.
Working one stick at a time, I painted a layer of mod podge on the stick and on the back of a strip of paper and then laid it down on the stick, doing my best to center it. I smoothed out the paper to get rid of any bubbles and then painted another layer of mod podge over the whole stick. I continued on with the other sticks, making sure that the strips of paper were lined up underneath the previous one, so the entire image would line up properly . After 15 or 20 minutes, I painted on another coat of mod podge. I sewed an easy drawstring bag to corral them all.
A couple of the puzzles use sticks that are the same color so maybe I’ll draw circles on each stick of one of the puzzles and triangles on the other, just so he can easily distinguish which sticks go with each one. We haven’t had a lot of time to play with them in the new-toy-madness that has occurred since Christmas but I’m hoping he gets a kick out of them once we have a chance to sit down and figure them out.
I was so impressed with how good the dried mod podge looks… I think I’m hooked (actually, I made these a few weeks ago and went on to use mod podge for a few other Christmas gifts).