How to Make the Best DIY Jigsaw Puzzle
Creating a DIY jigsaw puzzle is easier than you might expect, and requires very few materials. Homemade jigsaw puzzles are an inexpensive and fun way to entertain yourself or your children, and with all the great photo technology we have today, the options are endless. Adding a cool filter to the photo you want to use for your puzzle is an easy way to make your project look really clean and professional. To get started, you’ll need only a few materials:
- 2 duplicate photos
- Heavy cardboard
- Rollataq hand applicator adhesive system or spray glue
- Scissors, pencil, ruler
How to Make Your Jigsaw Puzzle
Mount your photo on the heavy cardboard. This is pretty straightforward. Place your photo face up on the cardboard and roll the adhesive over the photo and cardboard, securing the edges. Here is an instructional video on exactly how to do it. If you’re using spray glue instead, make sure to let everything dry completely before moving on.
Once your photo is mounted and dry, you’ll need to draw a grid of squares on the back. Use your ruler and pencil to draw a straight and even grid. The smaller you make the squares, the more complicated your puzzle will turn out. Don’t make them too small, because your pieces could end up tearing or breaking. This will come in handy when it’s time to cut your jigsaw pieces.
With your grid in place, draw your individual jigsaw shapes between the squares. Create interlocking shapes that melt into each piece. It’s a good idea to use another jigsaw puzzle that you have for reference and to get an idea of what shapes you can draw.
Carefully cut out your pieces. Make sure to make clean cuts and not tear your photo. Once all your pieces are cut, you’re finished! Store your pieces in a shoebox, and mount the second copy of your photo on top of the box for reference. Have fun!