I’ve spent the last couple of days working from home as my son is unwell. On one of the days, when he was about to pass out from boredom, I set him the task of creating his own jigsaw puzzle.
Mad I hear you say? Well I wanted to set him a challenge he had never had before – that would keep him out of my hair for while.
Secondly, we are both jigsaw puzzle addicts so I was curious about whether we could get one done without using Google, craft books or anything other than some good old-fashioned common sense.
So here’s our first attempt.
- Card – cereal carton will do just fine
- Large scissors (to cut out the outer border)
- Small scissors or cuticle scissors. (to cut out jigsaw pieces)
- Pencil and Colouring pencils
Steps to Creating the Puzzle
- Step 1: Draw a picture of your choice.
- Step 2 Divide the picture into equal sized blocks. We chose quarters -it was easier to do.
- Step 3: Attempt to create plug-in shapes and vary the directions. If you draw the blocks first then you can add the plug-in bits after in the middle of the inner grid-lines. Just rub out any unwanted lines. (I hope I’m explaining this clearly – never done this before LOL)
- Step 4: Colour in the picture
- Step 5: Glue the picture to some thin card. The carton of a cereal box will do. Let the glue dry up overnight (safer to make sure it’s dry but I guess a couple of hours could work as well)
- Step 6:Cut out the outer border of the jigsaw
- Step 7: Delicately, cut out the individual shapes. This is where you might lose the plot.
- Step 8: If pieces are upturned, place them in a heavy book like an encyclopaedia (does anyone have those these days?) or the Guinness book of records for a few hours to flatten them out and then your jigsaw puzzle is ready. Ta Dah!
Something to do over the school holidays perhaps.