I actually made these wooden puzzles and blocks as Christmas presents for my niece and nephews (I now have another adorable nephew, Ryder, and another nephew on the way as well). I knew they were a little on the young side to care about a puzzle with their name on it, and that they probably would care more about chewing on it or throwing the pieces instead of actually putting them together. But maybe someday they'll like it, or think it's sentimental.
I used my jigsaw to cut strips of a block of wood . . .
Yet another thing you can do with wood scraps! I used the same taping technique that I used for my Stained Tree Side Table, my Dining Table, and the three small Nesting Tables - all you need is some Edge-lock painter's tape, an exacto knife, some wood stain (I used Minwax Jacobean), and a finish (I used Minwax Polyurethane Gloss finish).
Polly from Thriving Home contacted me a few weeks ago, asking if she could feature one of my tree table projects on her blog. I said of course! So she featured my Stained Tree Side Table this past Friday on their blog. Click here to read it!