How to Make a Felt Name Puzzle
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You know you’re really into crafting when you see things online and think “Ooo – I could make that myself!” It’s like I can’t help it. I could just buy a perfectly fine version of something, but I get so excited to make it instead. I know I can’t be the only one… are you like that sometimes, too? Of course, my husband encourages me in this, since my desire to make things actually does save us money compared to buying the items pre-made.
This time I saw a personalized wooden name puzzle online and thought how perfect it would be for my daughter to have a puzzle with her name. We have been talking about the alphabet and playing with letters, so working on spelling her name fits in perfectly. I have a lot of felt, so I pulled out my collection of fabric and got to work making a felt name puzzle just for her!
This felt name puzzle is super simple to make and I love no-sew projects. I also really like how she can see where to put each letter on the front since the purple letters are there as a guide. Then when she’s better at spelling her name she can turn it over to spell it on the back which is blank, and therefore a harder task. So it’s really like two puzzles in one!
How to Make a Felt Name Puzzle
- Light blue felt for background (or another color you choose)
- Colored felt for letters – I used pink and purple
- Letters of the name printed out to use as a stencil
- Lo-Temp hot glue gun & glue sticks
Cut out the Letters
First I printed out letters to use as a pattern for the name. (I actually used the letter pattern from my felt alphabet tree, if you’re looking for a free letter printable). But you could easily just type up the name in a simple font and print it out to use as a template.
I cut out the letters I needed from two different colors of felt: one set to glue onto the puzzle and one to use as puzzle pieces.
Make the Background
The next step was to cut out felt to use as the background. I used light blue felt, since I already had some left from my alphabet tree project, but you could use whatever color you wanted.
Set out the letters for the name on the felt to see how big the puzzle background needs to be. Make sure to leave enough room for the ribbon around the edges. Then carefully cut out the rectangle you need, using a straight edge as needed to cut a straight line.
I cut out two identical pieces of the light blue felt for the background, so I could glue them together to make it thicker (and not so floppy). I used my glue gun to glue both light blue rectangles together, making sure the edges lined up nicely.
Then I carefully glued ribbon around the edges on the puzzle mat. The ribbon made the puzzle look nicer, since it made the edges look more cleanly cut. I added glue to about 1-2 inches at a time to make sure I attached the ribbon so it looked straight (I didn’t want to rush to do an entire side before the glue dries, knowing I’d probably make it look really uneven).
Finish the Puzzle
The last step was to glue one set of the letters onto the puzzle mat to make the name. I decided to glue on the purple letters for Aly, and leave the pink set unattached. That way the pink letters are puzzle pieces. My girl can grab the pink letters to place on the puzzle and cover the purple letters in her name.
I love how simple it was to make this felt name puzzle, and I can’t wait for my daughter to use hers! It will be a nice first step in learning her name. We’ll talk about the letters in her name, how each of the letters is shaped, and practice spelling it together. Plus, when she gets used to what order the letters go in, we can flip the puzzle mat over to the back (which is blank, just the light blue felt) and have her put the pink letters in order to spell her name there, too.
If you’re looking for more fun felt projects to make for your kids, you won’t want to miss how to make a felt alphabet tree play mat! We love our alphabet tree, and it goes perfectly with the alphabet book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Other fun felt projects are our forest animal finger puppets and farm animal finger puppets.
Who do you plan to make a felt name puzzle for, and what colors will you use?