I love puzzles! Call me old fashioned, but there are few things I like more than making puzzles and playing board games. I’m one of those people who can be very competitive. So, it’s wonderful to meet someone else who is as competitive and have a game night. One of my oldest friends and competitors (who I owe hundreds of great game nights too!) had a birthday recently. And I really wanted to make something memorable for her. That’s when we came up with making a customised puzzle. Here’s how it turned out!
Time: 1.5 hours
- Readymade Puzzle
- Printout of image on thick paper
- Thick Black Marker
- Acrylic Paints
- Mod Podge / Clear glue
- Crafts knife/ Cutter
- Pencil and scale
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Steps to make customised puzzles:
- Measure the size of the puzzle and adjust the image to the needed size. Print it out on thick paper. Once this is done, draw a grid on the the printout based on the design of the puzzle. Cut the image as per the grid.
- Paint the backs of the puzzle. This is optional, but I think it gives a nice finish to the puzzle.
- Place the puzzle in it’s final form and the cutout along side. Taking one column (or row) stick the corresponding cutout to the puzzle piece.
- Assemble the puzzle. This will help see the gaps that need to be covered up.
5. Draw straight lines over the edges of each piece to cover up any gaps.
6. Colour the remaining portion of each piece with a marker or paint.
7. If needed, you can add a little finish to the puzzle pieces with the marker.
8. Assemble the puzzle to see how it’s looking!
Optional: I had made this idea as a gift, so obviously I had to wrap it up properly. Instead of a conventional box, I coloured a cute hexagonal box with a rough blue-green paint. Matching the backs of the puzzle pieces. I think it’s a better option, since the box can be used to store the puzzle. I also used the box to write a personal message, that will make it nice memory.
Things to keep in mind:
- Use a very thin layer of mod podge or glue for the pieces.
- Be careful to paste the right cutout over the right puzzle piece.
- Choose a high resolution image for best results.
How do you like our way of making customised puzzles? What image would you like to transform into a puzzle. Let me know in the comments below!