Weddings can be exciting, emotional, and/or stressful times for everybody involved - except for the younger guests. For them, the majority of the day is dull, dull, and duller. Sure, it's awesome when the cake gets cut, but little Johnny couldn't care less about the best man's speech. If you're planning an upcoming wedding and want to give the kids something extra to do during the quiet times, gather up some crayons and print a few off a few...
Puzzles are fun, learning is fun, and hey, it's the Fourth of July: why not make a jigsaw puzzle of the U.S.??
Inspired by the tired traveler, Erik De Nijs created 'Suited Case', a collection of luggage that fashions a couch. Put together like a puzzle, the four suitcases create a comfy--and familiar--place to sit while you're waiting for your connection. Baggage fees might be an issue, however. ;)
Evil Mad Scientist Labs went ga-ga over Professor George W. Hart's sculpture, Frabjous. When they realized Professor Hart has been kind enough to post a template to make such a sculpture, they got right to work!
Mark McKenna's teeny tiny Designer Emulation lamps emulate some very famous designer lamps, such as Phillippe Starck's Miss K. for example. Choose from five different kits, which will arrive as a flat piece that you pop apart and put together, jigsaw puzzle style.
It's true...everyone loves blocks. Still. Always have, always will.
So, Photojojo came up with a tutorial to create a set of blocks you'll never be embarrassed to leave out when company comes over.
Made from 100% recycled cardboard, Pop Deluxe's new laser-cut Snowflake Tree puzzle ($17) comes is kraft brown or white. It measures 10 x 10 x 13, and although they can be decorated with paint, glitter and such it seems unnecessary. Their simplicity is rather elegant.
Curbly has siblings. One of them is called Teacherly, and, as you can probably guess, it’s an on-line resource for teachers. However, it also has a very awesomely cool FREE feature called ‘word search creator’. Teachers use such things as word search puzzles as, well, teaching tools, but they also can come in handy for paper crafters too. With a little help from Teacherly, here’s my very easy technique for making a one-of-a-kind greeting card!
I love bonzai, but I don’t have any in the house. Just the idea of it makes me a little nervous. I have a fairly green thumb, but I’d worry about the little bugger’s demise constantly. The Atomic Bonzai might be a good alternative to we bonsai-loving bonsai- phobes. It’s actually a 3-D sculptural puzzle that stands 7" x 7" when fully assembled. Available at Nova68 for $24.99, and ships free via ground within the U.S. No pruning, no watering, no...
A great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year would be to make a Tangram Puzzle, which is also known as ‘seven pieces of cleverness’. Why are these puzzles so clever? Read on!
- a square piece of paper (my 3.5" square piece worked great)
- a scissors
First, fold your paper in half and then half again. Unfold, rotate and repeat the process. When you’re done, your square should be divided into 16 squares, like so:
Next, using your...
Check out Mio Cultures’ very cool--and environmentally friendly--peel and stick cork ModuTiles ($95). They’re sold in sets of six tan and six chocolate colored tiles that cover 12 square feet. Configure them any way you please to make rugs or runners. Use the adhesive tabs for temporary installation, or install them permanently over an entire floor using standard cork flooring adhesives and finishes. To increase they’re durability for...
Apparently, solving a Rubik's Cube is either something you can do, or something you can't: you either know the tricks, or you don't. (I can't, and don't.)
Fortunately, these toysters know the tricks, and can manipulate the simply colored blocks into large scale works of art.
The Puzzle Table, apparently also called "Drift", was inspired by sliding puzzles. The desk includes five bold pink compartments with four sliding doors, which can be repositioned to make each compartment's contents available.
Cool design, cool color pallette.
A few weeks ago we had puzzle carpet, now we have puzzle wood flooring. Puzzle Floor™ pieces are made of 5/8" solid northern hardwood which ‘is precision-manufactured...to allow for perfect alignment and fit.” The 13" x 13" squares are available in 13 different colors, and according to the company’s website, installation sounds DIY-able. I just have one question about this sudden influx of puzzle flooring. Why just floor applications? Why not...
Okay, maybe not, but these puzzle carpet tiles by Satyendra-Pakhale are really cool! Available in grass, water and sand patterns, each piece is 36 cm in diameter. Seven puzzle pieces will run you about $151.20. You can find them at Baby Geared.