Monday, June 10, 2013

DIY Print, Color & Cut Jigsaw Puzzles

So, this summer I have 2 extra kids in my home 5 days a week, giving me 5 kids total. Well, I've learned from experience that having that many kids at school and nothing constructive to do can lead to destruction of the home and each other. So I came up with a list of activities to do each day over the course of the summer. Just one small activity to do, something to break of the monotony of playing with toys, watching a movie or reading. Occasionally we will go outside, but we're only 10 days into June and we've already hit 113 degrees outside! I don't know about you, but I don't want to be out in that why would I make the kids?

Anyways, so today we are making our own jigsaw puzzles using our favorite pictures.

I found these templates here, but I wanted to make it easier for you, so I put them in the blog post as well in both vertical and horizontal form. So first, you will need the following templates:

(4x6 Horizontal)

 (4x6 Vertical)

(5x7 Horizontal)

(5x7 Vertical)

(7x9 Horizontal)

(7x9 Vertical)

(8x10 Horizontal)

(8x10 Vertical)

Now choose your puzzle, copy and paste it into a word program on your computer, and then stretch the puzzle out until it takes up the entire page. Then print out the puzzle...

After you've printed out your puzzle, reload the puzzle into your printer. You want to load it in so that when you print your picture it will print out on the SAME side as the puzzle. For my printer, I need to reload the puzzle right side up.

Now, using google search, or a coloring page website of your choice, find a picture you or your child wants. Like superheroes, princess, hello kitty, thomas the train, etc. The possibilities are endless! Once you have chosen your picture, print it out onto your puzzle.

Now all that's left is to color it, cut it out and then put it back together! Now you've got your own way to make whatever puzzle you want! You can take any image you find and make it into a puzzle! These would also make great gifts! Print out your family pictures and make them into puzzles, send them as gifts, once again, the possibilities are endless! Enjoy!

Here are a few tips:

*Take a picture of your child's puzzle BEFORE you cut it out, that way they have something to look at when they are trying to put it back together.

**After your child has put the puzzle back together, have them tape each piece of the puzzle onto a piece of construction paper. Since the pieces don't interlock very well (since they are made out of paper/card stock) this will help the pieces stabilize so your child can see their finished product.

***If you want the puzzle to be more permanent, laminate it before you cut it.

****One more added bonus, add magnetic tape to the back of each puzzle piece so your child can put their puzzle together on the fridge, or on a cookie sheet! Have fun!


  1. very awesome idea and where were you when my kids were little all these ideas would have been helpful!!