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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?