Monday, June 3, 2013

Angry Birds Maze Puzzle

I'm not a big fan of the cheap trinkets kids get in goodie bags these days.  Trevor likes some of them, but about 75% of the ones he brings home he puts straight into a box to use as geocaching trading items.  It's nice that we can reuse them that way.  I'm guessing a lot of people just put them in the trash.

Considering my opinion of goodie bag favors, it is surprising that I allowed Trevor to talk me into buying these maze puzzles to give out to his friends at his Angry Birds party.  He LOVES mazes and REALLY wanted these.  Because I'm not a total scrooge (just a partial one), I spent the $2 to make him happy.

 
But obviously, these don't fit his Angry Birds theme.  So we carefully pried the smily faces off the back of each maze.

 
Unfortunately, the yellow and black ink stayed behind.  We used sandpaper to quickly and easily strip it off.

 
Using the smily face as a template, we made an Angry Bird from cardstock.  Cute!  However, we soon realized that the ball would not roll freely over the lumps and bumps of the cardstock layers.  So we scanned this bird, printed, and then punched out our perfectly flat Angry Birds.   

 
We backed them with black cardstock to give enough heft, then carefully spread white glue on the maze and attached the bird.  Here's what the finished mazes look like. 



Trevor is thrilled with them.  They certainly took more work than passing out the smily face mazes would have, but now we have a themed goodie bag item.  I just hope they don't end up in everyone else's trash.

10 comments:

  1. I loveeeeeeeeeee how you changed them!!! AWESOME!!

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  2. How ingenious! I never would have thought of doing that. Very cool.

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  3. GREAT idea!!!!!!! I love mazes too!!!

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  4. You are so awesome! I bet Trevor was over the moon with his customized favors.

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  5. I would love one of these! Soooooo cute!

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  6. I never get over just how clever and talented you are! :) Great job!

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  7. OMG this is so CLEVER Cindy!! I'm soooooo impressed!!! LOVE it!! :)

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  8. You are so clever. What a fabulous idea! I am going to remember this for Cory's next theme party.

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