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You simply HAVE to make this photo memory matching game! The tiles are incredibly easy to make, they are far more fabulous than they look in the pictures, and your child(ren) will absolutely LOVE them!!! Simply print photos using your Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer or your Canon IVY CLIQ+ Instant Camera & Portable Printer and add the photo sticker prints to precut 2″x3″ wood pieces. My girls who are 2 and 5 are obsessed in different ways; the older one can properly play the matching game and is crazy over the fact that they are pictures of her and the younger one loves looking through all her pictures face up to match the two that are the same, she says “mama two!”, it’s adorable. They’ve been playing with them now for a little over two weeks and the tiles are holding up great, no peeling or scratching issues, you just have to be careful about getting them wet, like any other cardboard/paper game. Seriously the hardest part was picking the pictures!
Either Ivy Will Work
For this project, both Canon IVY mini printer and IVY CLIQ+ instant camera printer will work will work, and if you don’t have one yet or have never seen one, they’re a must. The Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer is just that, a mini, on-the-go photo printer with the Canon IVY name behind it. The Canon IVY CLIQ+ Instant Camera & Portable Printer makes the same prints but is also an instant camera, cool right!? They both only print on ZINK photo paper, ZINK stands for “ZERO INK”. Instead of ink, it uses colorful dye-based crystals embedded inside the paper. Before printing, the embedded dye crystals are clear so ZINK paper looks like regular, white photo paper and it uses heat to activate and colorize the crystals. These little ZINK photo sticker prints have so many uses! From a kids project like our photo scavenger hunt to our DIY photo thank you cards ~ you’ll love the IVY!
Paint The Cut-Outs
Step one is to paint one side of the wood cut-outs. I did 20 tiles for each set, meaning 10 matching photos. Spray twice with adequate dry time in between. Then seal the paint by spraying Clear Acrylic Gloss, two times as well. I did this one afternoon and didn’t add the pictures until the next day.
They Can Take Their Own Photos!
If you have the Canon IVY CLIQ+ Instant Camera & Portable Printer you can have your older kids take + print their own photos! Oh boy do they love that! The camera and instant printer are very easy to hold and operate, easy enough that my 5 year old is constantly asking me to “play” with it.
Choose + Print Your Pictures
Absolutely the hardest part is choosing the pictures…
Using The Canon Mini Print App
The Canon Mini Print App is super easy to use. Open the app and tap the printer icon in the upper right corner to connect your IVY. I saved my choice photos into iCloud folders on my computer to print. The app allows you to access photos in quite a few different ways; Facebook, Instagram, Google Photo, Dropbox, and iCloud! Simply click to locate the photos you’d like to print.
Next click the printer icon in the upper right hand corner to send the picture to the printer. Once on the printing screen, tap the plus to print another of the same image since in this case you’ll need to print two of each photo.
Keep going back a step to select to add more images into the printer queue. The printers can hold 10 ZINK photo sheets at a time; so that’s 5 double photos. Select and print!
Print All Your Sticker Pictures
Add Photos To The Wood
Simply peel the sticker backing off each photo and press to adhere them to the side of the wood that wasn’t painted!
Let me tell you, these ZINK photo stickers are SUPER sticky. I stuck a few on my desk last year and they will not come off. Which is a fabulous attribute for this project!
…keep peeling and sticking!
Trim If Needed
Most of the wood rectangles were a perfect fit for the photo stickers but a few must have been just a hair short. So I needed to use a craft knife to slice a tiny bit of the sticker away.
Get Them Involved
If you have kids in the 4+ range, they can totally help you with this project. They can choose the photos, help paint the backside of the wood rectangles, and help put the stickers on the wood (unless your OCD, lol). This is a major quarantine boredom buster.
Store In A Drawstring Bag
This is one of those nice drawstring bags that online Anthropologie orders come in, I always save them, haha! The perfect size to store the game tiles!
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DIY Tutorial Credits
Photography + DIY Tutorial: Jen Causey of Something Turquoise // Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer, Canon IVY CLIQ+ Instant Camera Printer, and ZINK Photo Paper Stickers: courtesy of Canon // 2″x3″ Wood Craft Rectangles: Amazon // Krylon Gloss Clear Spray Paint: Amazon // Krylon Premium Metallic Spray Paints in Gold and Silver: Amazon
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