DIY Puzzle – Make Your Own Puzzle

As a crafter, you are probably familiar with the thought, “I bet I could make that myself.” Well, that is precisely how today’s design came to be! See how I was able to turn that thought into my very own DIY puzzle, and how you can do the same.

DIY Puzzle


Ooo, Cressida, you are such a cutie!

Like most people these days, my family is spending an increased amount of time in our home. Because of this, we’ve been doing more puzzles together. One time, I ordered a custom puzzle for my son featuring a favorite photo, and he LOVED it! So much so, that whenever we take a fun photo of him, he now asks if I can turn it into a puzzle.

As you can imagine, ordering custom puzzles every time my son asks for it would get pretty expensive pretty quick! So, I started to wonder if I could make them myself. And, thus, my DIY puzzle design was born!

DIY Puzzle

You can use any photo you’d like with this puzzle design; and, as long as you have a printer and a cutting machine, you can make as many puzzles as your heart desires!


How to Make

Since there a fair amount of setup in Cricut Design Space even before you send this one to cut, I decided to make a video explaining the whole process.

Once you know how to set this one up, it’s really not difficult to do! And, if you don’t want to wait patiently for glue to dry and your cutting machine to make 50,000 passes through the chipboard, you can always make a “quick and easy” puzzle to keep the kiddos happy. Simply print out the design on some cardstock, and you’re on your way!

You can even make your puzzle double-sided, like I did. 2-in-1 for the win!

DIY Puzzle

I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun designs available on my blog!

Enjoy putting your new puzzle-making skills to use! Who will you be making your first puzzle for?

Miss Mandee Signature



DIY Puzzle

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10 Comments on DIY Puzzle – Make Your Own Puzzle

  1. Jantien
    May 14, 2020 at 8:06 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you, I really like it!

    • Mandee
      May 14, 2020 at 9:54 am (4 years ago)

      You are very welcome Jantien!

  2. Jessica
    May 14, 2020 at 10:14 am (4 years ago)

    What kind of printer do you have? I’ve found whenever I use Mod Podge with my printed images, the ink smears.

    • Mandee
      May 14, 2020 at 10:57 am (4 years ago)

      I just have an old HP Inkjet. But I only used Mod Podge on the back of the paper. 🙂

  3. Jennifer Prouty
    May 29, 2020 at 9:01 am (4 years ago)

    You are amazing. Thank you so much. Everything you do is awesome.

    • Mandee
      May 29, 2020 at 11:37 am (4 years ago)

      Aww, thanks Jennifer!! 😊

  4. Mrs G
    June 11, 2020 at 7:22 pm (4 years ago)

    I have an Explore Air 2, with the right blade would it work for this product?

    • Mandee
      June 12, 2020 at 11:09 am (4 years ago)

      Yes! You should still be able to do this project as long as you have a Deep-Point Blade. 🙂

  5. Barb Kilcullen
    March 6, 2021 at 9:09 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Mandee, I’ve seen puzzles where people have used printable adhesive paper to make puzzles. Have you every tried that method?

    • Mandee
      March 8, 2021 at 11:43 am (3 years ago)

      The first time I tried making this puzzle, I tried using sticker paper, but it didn’t stay on as well.


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