How To Make Photo Puzzle Blocks

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Building blocks are the best toys for modding and Photojojo shares this tutorial for turning your basic building blocks into a puzzle block using your own photo.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 16 wooden blocks
  • Ruler
  • Square format image(s)
  • Matte photo paper
  • X-acto knife and cutting mat
  • Glue, rubber cement, or Mod Podge
  • Small paintbrush

STEP 1: MEASURE

Arrange 16 blocks in a square and measure the length and width of the square.

Choose a square format image and resize it to match the length and width of your blocks (ours was 7″ x 7″).

STEP 2: PRINT AND TRIM

Print the image on matte photo paper and let it dry.

When dry, use a ruler and x-acto knife to trim it to size.

STEP 3: APPLY GLUE

Use a small paintbrush to spread glue on the back of the image.

Arrange the blocks in a square on top of the print. Position them so they’re lined up neatly as close together as possible.

Let the whole thing rest until the glue is completely dry.

STEP 4: CUT APART

Once the glue’s dry, turn the square of blocks right side up.

Use a ruler as a guide to cut the blocks apart. Cut as neatly as you can along the line between the blocks.

There you go- you’ve got yerself some photo puzzle blocks!

STEP 5: REPEAT

Repeat steps 2-4 as many times as you like. You can cover all 6 sides of the blocks with different photos, or leave a couple of sides bare.

The more photos you have, the more time you can spend happily solving your photo puzzles.

STEP 6: SCRAMBLE AND SOLVE

Mix all your photo blocks together, and scatter them on your coffee table for friends to solve when they come over.

Make a couple of sets and have races to see who can solve their puzzle first!

Have you modified your kids building blocks? What have you made?

As seen in
Built by Kids Press - New York Times, Webby Awards, Real Simple, Popular Mechanics, InStyle

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