I have been addicted to Pinterest lately... Just getting rid of the million links in my browser's favorites and cataloguing them visually has kept me busy, but of course I have repinned another million links.
One of them was this cute memory game made with jenga pieces. And last week I decided to get to work, since a friend of my big boy was turning 4. I was digging in my paper drawer in hopes of finding some cute origami paper, when the stack of security envelopes started screaming at me. Pick us! Pick us! So naturally I did. And I was surprised at the fact that I actually had plenty of patterns to choose from, about 15 different ones in that drawer...
I was disappointed that the jenga game languishing on the top shelf was painted, I had natural wood in my mind; but I think the red and blue combo worked out nicely in the end.
It was easy to make. I used what I had on hand:
- White glue
- 16 jenga pieces
- 8 security envelopes with different patterns in blue
- 2 flat brushes
- Cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler
One would normally use Mod Podge or other decoupage medium for this kind of job, but I find that undiluted white glue dries to a nicer, more even finish. And it doesn't stink. But it's not waterproof... just so you know.
1. Cut a 3/4" strip of each envelope, then cut it into two 2 3/4" pieces. You will have 16 pieces, two of each pattern.
2. Apply a generous coat of (undiluted) white glue to one of the large sides of a jenga piece; even it out with a brush. Apply a piece of paper and brush it with a clean brush to flatten it. Make sure all the corners and edges are neatly attached.
3. Apply another generous coat of glue over the paper. Brush it on and don't mess with it any more. It may look like a lot, and once it starts to dry it will look very uneven, but it will be OK. Just don't touch it.
4. Let it dry. Completely. Don't mess with it. You could be done at this point; if you notice that the glue shows too much on the sides of the piece, sand it with a fine nail file. If you want to go all out, you can coat all the other sides with glue as well.