Post # 1
Ok, so I found a guestbook idea that I love, I will display in my home, and hasn’t been done to death yet.I just don’t know how to execute it.
This was the inspiration: http://onthegobride.com/2012/03/custom-piece-of-art-guest-book/
I followed the link this site got the idea from and read how they dis it. Well, I don’t have a friend who can hand paint a pic of us. My idea was, can I get a pic of us blown up to big movie poster size (or bigger ) and glue the picture to something and then cut it out into squares? Or do I need to buy something cut into squares (like wood squares) and put them all together (up against each other) and then clue the picture down and use an xacto knife to cut the photo part? Or what? I love the puzzle ideas but I refuse to pay $400for a puzzle when I feel there is a way to do this myself for cheaper. Ideas?
Post # 3
what a cool idea! i would find out how many squares you are going to need (#of guests) and determine how big each square will be then you will get your overall size of pic.
there are many ways to execute this project. i would find the backing that you are going to use for the pics first then you will know what to print your pic on.
i think you can even have your pics printed out that small already. you will just have to divide your main picture up into individual pics first.
i do like the board with the nails on it and the linoleum chips.
Post # 4
You could do the same thing they did, only use an enlarged photograph or an enlarged pic printed on canvas.
They used samples of linoleum that you get at the big box home stores, likely because they already come with a hole punched.
You could lay your pic face down on a large board, spray the back with spray on glue, lay the linoleum samples down on the pic with the least attractive side down. Lay them close together with maybe 1/16′ between them. Cover the whole back of the pic with the samples.Let it dry thoroughly.
Number the samples with a permanent marker so they can be put together to recreate the pic. Then use a long straight edge and an exacto knife to cut between the samples. Use a hole punch to punch through the photo in the same place as the hole in the sample.
If you can’t talk the stores into giving you the sample rings when they outdate, you could lay a piece of luann (very thin wood) on top of the glued pic. Use a straight edge to draw the lines to divide the board into the pieces you want, number them,then cut it into pieces after the glue is dry. you can use a utility knife. Change blades regularly so you get clean sharp cuts.
Use a hole punch to punch the luann and the photo at the same time. You might need a hole punch where you can apply a little more force, like an office style 3 hole punch.
Post # 5
This website will print your photo out as a puzzle, with the size and number of pices you select. Which would save you a lot of cutting! There are also apps that will convert a photo to a painting, although results vary depending on the pic with these. I think there was a free one called fotosketcher? (not sure on the name its been a while since I played with it.)
ETA: the price for the photo puzzles was really reasonable on this site too
Post # 6
I think there are plenty of affordable services like theone @nikkialys describes. Obviously, the bigger the puzzle, the more expensive it will be.
Post # 7
Most of the puzzles you order online have tiny pieces. You can order a puzzle at walmart, but it’s not big enough for a guest to sign without writing micro-tiny. With this idea, the piece they are signing is big enough that they can leave a nice message. Another idea I had was just to do a poster that was mostly background with us smaller and have guests just sign around us, but I just love the idea of the pieces. I’m going to every home supply store I can find tomorrow to ask about the suggestions given. Thank you so much! And if anyone thinks of anything else, just let me know!
I found a place online to buy 3inch woo dens quares that are about 1/8inch thick. Could I lay the poster upside down, put glue on it (like julies1949 said) and lay the pieces on that to dry, and then go back with an x-acto knife and cut the paper part (since the squares are already cut? I’m pretty sure I can get poster size pics for like $13 bucks, or so says pinterest from ups or somewhere (don’t remember) so I can buy more than 1 to play with. And I can get 150 3inch wood squares for $40 (not ideal for a test run but better than nothing I guess). Thoughts?