- Age Guideline: 4 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Craft Sticks
- Paint (optional)
- White and Colored Cardstock
- Puzzle Pieces
- Colored Pencils
- Thin Ribbon
- Craft Glue
- Paint Brush (optional)
You can use pre-colored craft sticks, paint plain sticks, or use plain sticks as-is. Lay two of the sticks on your work surface parallel to each other. Now lay the other two in the opposite direction but parallel to each other to form a square with the ends of the sticks overlapped. Glue the sticks together at the corners where they overlap. Allow to dry.
Cut a 5 1/2-inch square of cardstock or decorative scrapbook paper. Also cut a 3 1/2-inch square of white cardstock. Use a colored pencil to write "You keep all the pieces together!" on the white cardstock, with it oriented on the diagonal and leaving a space in the middle for one puzzle piece.
Glue the white card stock, centered, onto the colored paper, keeping the white on the diagonal and the colored square. Now, glue the paper onto the back of the craft stick frame. This will make your plaque.
Glue miscellaneous puzzle pieces scattered around the craft stick frame and one in the middle of the white diamond paper with the phrase. It looks nice to vary the colors of the puzzle pieces and overlap them a few to give it dimension. Let the glue dry.
Cut a piece of ribbon about 12-inches long. Flip the plaque over and glue the ribbon ends to the top corners of the plaque. You can use the ribbon to hang the plaque up.
Here are some ideas for making variations of this craft:
- For Valentine's Day: "My heart belongs to you!" with sticky-back pink, red and white hearts.
- St. Patrick's Day: "Luck of the Irish" with sticky-back foam clovers.
- Teacher gift: "#1 Teacher" with a,b,c letters and 1,2,3 numbers, miniature pencil and ruler or just apples.
- Father's Day: "You're my handyman" with miniature tools, nuts and miscellaneous hardware.
Use your imagination and the possibilities are endless.