Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you are going to have a blast making this I love you to pieces craft. Turn an old puzzle into the cutest homemade valentines day gift idea. This is the perfect activity to make with the kids!
I love you to pieces craft is the perfect gift!
You are going to have so much fun with this new I love you to pieces craft DIY. Every year I try to make something fun but special while also being inexpensive for Valentine’s Day. No one really needs any more stuffed animals right?
This is the simplest idea but so cute and can be used year after year for the cutest Valentine’s Day decor! You can make these for Grandma or anyone special. So fun!
We actually made one for a gift and one to keep. I loved it so much that I wanted one. 🙂 I don’t decorate a lot for Valentine’s Day but this is perfect and even more special because it was handmade.
Let’s get started making this homemade valentines day gift idea!
You can use an old puzzle or grab one from the dollar store. The frame can also be from the dollar store and we have the free printable. This is very budget friendly!
What materials do you need to make this I love you to pieces craft:
- Love you to Pieces Printable (print it here)
- Paper Trimmer or Scissors
- 8×10 frame
- Dollar Store Puzzle (I used a 300 piece puzzle.)
- Scrap piece of card board or use a brown grocery bag
- Painter’s Tape
- White spray paint
- Red spray paint
- Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
- Old Toothbrush (optional)
Make sure you use the pdf for printing so that is is the correct size. When you are printing, uncheck the “fit to page” or “reduce to print” box when you print.
If you skip this step, it could skew the size and it won’t fit into the frame. Always double check after printing to make sure it measures 8×10 and fits into the frame.
You can use regular paper but I recommend printing on card stock. This will be give you more support when putting the puzzle pieces on the I love you to pieces pdf.
How to make I love you to pieces puzzle craft:
First, you need to start by spray painting the puzzle.
I find the easiest way to spray paint puzzle pieces is to affix them to a piece of cardboard. If you do not, they tend to fly across the surface you spray them on so this just makes it easier.
Affix the tape, sticky side up onto the piece of cardboard into strips. Press puzzle pieces onto the tape to stick.
Next, spray with white spray paint, as a primer. If you skip this step, you will most likely see the puzzle colors through the red paint.
Let dry completely.
Now it is time to spray the puzzle pieces with red spray paint. Let dry completely.
Print the printable and use a paper trimmer to cut along the edges. Place into an 8×10 frame, in front of the glass. You can use an old one or one from the dollar store.
Gently pull puzzle pieces off of the tape and affix with hot glue to the heart on the frame.
Once you have your first layer, use an old toothbrush to remove the hot glue strings and apply a second and third layer, using the third toothbrush to remove the hot glue strings.
I used about 60 puzzle pieces for this project.
Display or gift the frame as desired. So fun!
It is so easy to make this I love you to pieces craft frame!
The kids can help sort the puzzle pieces and it is a really fun kids craft and the entire family will enjoy it too. Plus, this craft activity also helps with fine motor skills because of the small pieces while also being super fun to make.
This Valentines day idea is super easy but so cute and the perfect decor to use in your home or office.
What can I use instead of a puzzle on this valentines day printable?
The puzzle is super fun and looks adorable but there are other options. Maybe you don’t have time to paint the puzzle or just need something else to do.
I actually needed a craft for when I volunteered to teach at children’s church and needed something that could be done in a shorter time period. You can use contact paper, tissue paper or pieces of construction paper to make this fun Valentine’s day craft.
Print the I love you to pieces template just like above. Cut the red paper that you choose to use into small pieces.
Kids can put the pieces on the heart template just like you would the puzzle pieces. For the paper, a glue stick would work just fine.
This is great for fine motor skills and and super easy.
Try this fun I love you to pieces craft today!
Everyone will have a blast making this and it is just so fun. We love hearing about projects you make so please share a picture with us once you make this.
This is such a fun activity and one that you can use every year for decor. I love that it is simple but so beautiful and also the perfect gift idea.
Make one today and see how fun it is and how pretty it turns out!
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