Have you ever been so intimidated by something that you let that inner voice of self-doubt hold you back? I can’t do that. It’s too hard. What if I mess up? Boy, those voices have been screaming at me for a long time, most recently about cutting puzzle pieces for Valentine’s Day with my Cricut Maker. It probably sounds silly to seasoned crafters, but I’m always worrying that I’m going to mess something up and waste the materials I’m using. Anyone who knows me knows how much I hate to waste anything.
After brainstorming Valentine’s Day decorations, I immediately started thinking about how puzzle pieces fit together as soul mates do. Yea, I know it’s mushy and cheesy, but you can’t deny it’s true (even if your soul mate is still to be found)! Another idea I had involved Scrabble tiles. I love how cute they are when integrated into home decor, holiday and everyday accents alike. I decided to combine the two ideas and create this Perfect Fit Valentine’s Day project.
The end project is great, but I think I should add a varnish to the puzzle pieces to make them POP and make them look more like Scrabble tiles. I’m also rethinking the pink lettering. Something about it gets a little lost.
What color do you think would look best for the upper letters?
You can grab the design for this Valentine’s Day project on Cricut Design Space (click here). I have a ton of photo frames on hand for projects like this. I stock up whenever I see a sale. Dollar Tree is another great spot to find cheap picture frames. Be sure to check out the other DIY Valentine’s Day decor and gift ideas I’ve been sharing. There’s plenty more to come so be sure you’re following me as well.
Update: I decided to add a lighter color to the upper lettering so it stood out more. Instead of scraping off the old permanent vinyl I layered the white over the pink. It gave it a sort of beveled look which makes it stand out even more. If you want to recreate this look you can do a second cut of the words only by hiding (clicking on the eyeball) the other layers.
- 12x12 Square of Chipboard
- Permanent vinyl (I used black and blush)
- Fabric (I used Cricut's Navy Swiss Dot from the Blue Carolina Designer Fabric Sampler)
- Transfer Tape
- 8x10 picture frame
- Tacky Glue
- Strong Grip cutting mat (purple)
- Standard Grip cutting mat (green)
- Fabric cutting mat (pink)
- Masking or Painter's Tape
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Knife Blade
- Cricut Rotary Blade
Press the Chipboard onto the Strong Grip cutting mat. Use masking or painter's tape on all four corners. Press down on the entire sheet to make sure it's securely in place.
Follow the prompts in Design Space (click here to open the design) to cut the chipboard, using the correct cut setting, and the Knife Blade.
Double-check to make sure the puzzle pieces have been cut all the way through before unloading the mat. If not, do another cut pass (follow the onscreen instructions).
Cut the remaining layers, changing the material settings and blades as necessary.
Weed the vinyl pieces and use transfer tape to apply the Scrabble letters to the puzzle pieces, carefully aligning them so they all fit how you want them.
Use tacky glue to affix the fabric to the inside of the picture frame backing without stretching it. Let dry.
Add a couple of drops of tacky glue to the backs of the puzzle pieces and press them onto the fabric. Try to get them centered and positioned down far enough that the vinyl letters won't overlap the puzzle pieces too much. Let dry.
Assemble the photo frame and you're done~