Eight Easy Steps to a Home-made Jigsaw Puzzle

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.

Supplies

  1. Card – cereal carton will do just fine
  2. Large scissors (to cut out the outer border)
  3. Small scissors or cuticle scissors. (to cut out jigsaw pieces)
  4. Glue
  5. Pencil and Colouring pencils
  6. Eraser

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)

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  • 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

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  • Step 7: Delicately, cut out the individual shapes. This is where you might lose the plot.

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  • 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!

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Something to do over the school holidays perhaps.

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