How to Make Jigsaw Puzzles at Home

Jigsaw puzzles are not only fun to put together, they also can be fun to make. Whether you make them for your children or do it as a family activity together making a jigsaw puzzle is fairly easy to do and doesn’t take a ton of time, unless you decide to make it really intricate.

Jigsaw puzzles involve fitting together different interlocking pieces that once complete display a picture or words that create a phrase.

There are not many supplies needed for creating a jigsaw puzzle. To start you will need a piece of hard paper, poster board will work but cardboard is better. Next comes the decision of what type of puzzle you want to create, you can do a standard square or rectangle shaped puzzle or get a bit more complicated and make a circle puzzle. Cut the cardboard into the desired shape you want once the puzzle is complete. So if you are going for a square puzzle determine how big of a square you want and then cut out that size from your poster or card board. Make sure you do not make the puzzle too small otherwise it will get quite hard to cut out the smaller pieces.

Once you have cut out the shape of your puzzle it’s time to add the fun detail to your puzzle – the picture or phrase you want the puzzle to create. There are several different ways of creating a picture or words for your puzzle. If you have some artistic talent you can draw the picture on the poster or card board yourself, just make sure you use pens or markers that are not going to run or smudge easily. Another option is to find a picture in a magazine or print one from on-line that you like and glue it to the board. It is important to use good glue if you are pasting a picture on the poster or card board, craft glue is the best. If you choose to paste a picture onto the board make sure you allow plenty of time for it to dry before moving on to the next step.

Next it is time to create the different pieces. First, decide how big the pieces will be and how many. You want to keep all the pieces close to the same size, if you start out with really large pieces and get progressively smaller it is not going to work as well or look as good. Draw the pieces onto the board first, this will help you keep the pieces the same size and help you visualize how much space you are working with and is left as you draw the pieces. A helpful hint is to draw the edges or outside pieces of the puzzle first. once you have them done start working your way inward. Also, try to make the pieces simple with easy rounded edges instead of a lot of sharp angles.

If you are creating the puzzle for young children it is best to go with just a few large pieces. If your child is older you can create more intricate puzzles with more smaller pieces.

The final step is to cut the puzzle out; you can use either scissors or a craft knife to cut out the different pieces. Now the only thing left to do is to have someone try their hand at putting together your puzzle.