How to make a custom puzzle

Puzzles are one of the most popular pastimes for all ages. Also, putting them together is a fun activity as well as a great exercise for your brain. Today you will learn how to make a personalized one so that you and your family can enjoy this activity to the fullest.

What is a puzzle

A jigsaw puzzle is a puzzle or board game made up of a set of irregularly cut pieces that form an image or design when put together. They are usually made of cardboard or wood, although they can be made of other materials such as metal.

Origin of the puzzle

The first puzzles were created by an English cartographer named John Spilsbury around the year 1760. They consisted of maps glued to wooden blocks which were separated into smaller pieces as a method of teaching geography to children. In fact, these first puzzles were used in the education of the children of King George III of England.

Jigsaw puzzles for adults began to become popular in the early 20th century, especially in the US By mid-century, advances in woodcutting methods allowed the popularization of jigsaw puzzles to a level never seen before. Today, most of these puzzles are sectioned with laser cutters.

How to make a custom puzzle

You can find puzzles for all tastes and ages in toy stores and bookstores. However, making a custom one can be even more fun. The process to make your own puzzle is not that complicated.

You will need:

  • An image or design of your choice. You can print a photograph, draw, or use a card. If you choose a photograph it is important that it has a good resolution and that you adjust it to the puzzle size you want.
  • A piece of cardboard the size of the image. Craft-quality cardboard can be found at most craft stores.
  • Scissors
  • Craft Adhesive Spray
  • Spray varnish
  • Roller
  • Rule
  • X-acto type scalpel cutter
  • Wax or baking paper


  1. Place the cardboard on the baking paper. Spray the surface with the adhesive spray evenly.
  2. Place the image on the cardboard and adjust it with your fingers. Use a roller or cylindrical object to apply even pressure and remove any bubbles. Wait for the adhesive to dry.
  3. Cut the edge of your puzzle with scissors to the shape and size you want.
  4. Varnish the image and wait for it to dry.
  5. Draw a checkered pattern on the back of the cardboard. You should draw the squares the size you want the final pieces to be.
  6. Trace concave and convex semicircles on the edges of the squares you drew in the previous step so the pieces can fit together when cut. You can find patterns for drawing puzzles on the internet.
  7. Cut the pieces with the scalpel cutter, being careful to be as precise as possible.
  8. Ready, now you can put together your own personalized puzzle!

Making your own jigsaw puzzles can be both fun and family-friendly. Plus, handmade jigsaw puzzles can make heartwarming gifts for the special people in your life. Either way, your friends and family will love putting together your handmade puzzle.