How to Make a Jigsaw Puzzle

Do you love to do jigsaw puzzles but hate the corny pictures? Here's how to make a puzzle with any picture—your pet turtle, your favorite cartoon character, your little brother... okay, maybe not your little brother.

You will need

  • A grown-up to help with cutting
  • A photo
  • a poster
  • a picture from a magazine
  • or a drawing
  • A thick piece of cardboard or foam board
  • Some glue
  • Scissors
  • A pencil

Step 1 Choose picture Choose a picture that you want to make into a puzzle, and then choose a piece of cardboard or foam board that’s slightly bigger than your picture.

Step 2 Glue image Glue your image to the board you’ve chosen and let it dry overnight.

Step 3 Trim board Ask a grown-up to help you trim off any of the extra cardboard or foam board that’s around your picture with the scissors.

Step 4 Draw jigsaw shapes Turn your picture over and draw jigsaw shapes on the back of the board.

Step 5 Cut picture Again with a grown-up helping you, cut the picture along the lines you’ve just drawn.

Step 6 Do puzzle Now jumble up the pieces and see how long it takes you to do your handmade puzzle—or challenge your friends to try it.