For the past three years, I’ve made monogram puzzle pieces for my sorority’s (Kappa Kappa Gamma) Big Little Reveal. We welcome each new Little to the Lazy Daisy Family with a monogram puzzle piece that connects to their Big’s piece.
They’re super cute and pretty easy to make, so I thought I’d share them with you today!
- Wooden Puzzle Pieces (Mine are from Hobby Lobby)
- Wooden Letters
- Acrylic Paint
- Paintbrushes (various sizes)
- Tacky Glue
- Martha Stewart Crafts
- Scottish Highlands
- Wedding Cake
- Primary Blue
Start by using a bowl to trace a half circle on the puzzle pieces to create the center of the daisy.
After tracing the center, draw some flower petals. Since the puzzle pieces are meant to connect, I like for my petals to overlap.
These two pieces are meant to connect to two other pieces that I made previously. You can see a tiny sliver of my Little’s piece in the upper left hand corner of this photo.
I like to start with the yellow and then move on to the white.
I paint right over my pencil lines. After a few coats, the pencil marks will no longer be visible.
Here are the pieces after the first two coats of paint. As you can see, the pencil lines are still somewhat visible.
Add at least one more coat of white paint, which will bring you to three coats of white.
There should also be three or so coats of yellow paint on the centers.
While you wait for the flowers to dry, begin painting the wooden letters green.
These will also require three coats of paint.
Now it’s time to add the blue paint!
Americana is a much thinner paint than Martha Stewart, so more coats are necessary to achieve an even application.
I like to have a few Q-tips handy at this point. Whenever I get blue paint on the white, I quickly lick a Q-tip and clean up the mess!
I ended up using three coats of blue to achieve an even application.
It’s very important to remember to paint the edges of each puzzle piece.
If the sides aren’t painted, the puzzle pieces will look unfinished. Nobody wants that!!
Once the puzzle pieces are dry, begin preparing the wooden letters.
When gluing wood to wood, I like to apply Tacky Glue with a paintbrush. I like to make sure that the items I’m gluing will not detach.
Once you glue on the letters, the puzzle pieces are complete!
I absolutely love the way these look!
In reality, both pieces with the letter J connect. I took a square picture though, because I thought it would be cuter! 🙂
Happy Big Little and Happy Crafting!!!