This is a little embarrassing to say to the whole world, but my household loves doing puzzles! At the end of the night when we all sit down to watch a couple movies, we all work on the puzzle piece by piece! It’s a great way for our roommates and us to spend some time together.
We would always do the puzzles on our coffee table, which was fine, but the last 5 puzzles we have completed, have been missing pieces! We would move the couches, search high and low for them, but gone! I suspect our dog ate them. Also, some coffee has been spilled on the puzzle…
I know there are puzzle pads out there, but I wanted to make it myself, so here is what I came up with!
And here’s how to do it yourself!
The trickiest part about this whole process is finding the right box. I was able to find a poster box. It had a a flat piece and then the folded piece to store it in. I work at a paint store and this is how Benjamin Moore sends us our new posters, you could ask a paint store to hold onto one for you. Or, U-build kitchen cabinet boxes are the same style!
Here’s another key element you need for this project. Also you need some fabric! I just used some light cotton that I had laying around. You can get some great patterns at any fabric store for pretty cheap. Sometimes I have found some great fabrics at thrift stores as well! It’s a good idea to have the flat piece a solid colour so you can see the puzzle. But the outside part, have as much fun as you want!
Cut the fabric is at least 2″ beyond the cardboard. For the flat piece I did a very light spray adhesive on the front side. (Make sure you stretch the fabric out flat) Then I turned it over and did a more heavy spray for the edges.
If you fold the fabric over on itself before gluing it to the cardboard, you will get a nice clean line.
The fabric is going to help prevent the puzzle pieces from moving around.
Next, do the same with the protective box! Make sure you pull the fabric tight to eliminate any folds or bulges in the fabric.
Then you want to find a nice ribbon to keep it closed. You can glue this down if you would like, I did not.
This will fit perfectly under your couch for the next time you want to puzzle!
Thanks for reading. I know this was one of my more boring posts, but I had a lot of fun with it!
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