Special DIY Photo Puzzle Blocks in 6 Steps

Recycle old toy blocks and make photo puzzles out of them.

Choosing the right gift for a friend or loved one can be difficult, particularly when you’re shopping for somebody who seems to have everything! The last thing you want to do is spend money on a gift that’s going to sit on a shelf, unused.

There are a few things more frustrating than knowing that a gift you chose to give someone isn’t what the recipient wanted.

Recycle old toy blocks and make photo puzzles out of them.
DIY Photo Puzzle Blocks

Customized gifts, on the other hand, say a lot about the giver. It shows how much thought is put into a gift and I love that they are so… personal. This is why I am constantly looking for customizable gifts.

Recently, I came across the idea for photo blocks. I read about them several times through various blog sites and each had its own version. I love that they’re very easy to make, too.

This project uses old toy wooden blocks that were used by kids as puzzles. If you have one of those, you should give this project a go. Make these DIY photo puzzle blocks using your kids’ photos, or those of your friends. Place them on your table as home décor, or give them as gifts.

There’s nothing quite like a personalized gift, and what could be more unique than a photo puzzle block?

Make a Special DIY Photo Puzzle Block in 6 Steps

With a little bit of creativity, you can turn your favorite photos into unforgettable puzzle blocks. These DIY designs are sure to inspire you.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a special occasion or just a fun way to show off your favourite memories, DIY photo puzzle blocks are a great option. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

This project is very easy to make, and no high-level skills are required. You’ll find the tools and materials in most arts and crafts stores.

Making Photo Puzzle Blocks

To get started on your photo puzzle blocks, here’s what you’ll need:


  • Printed photos of your choice
  • Wooden cubes
  • Sandpaper
  • Cloth/brush
  • Mod podge
  • Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Glue/double-sided tape


  • Ruler
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Butter knife


Making your own photo puzzle blocks is a great way to keep your kids entertained while also getting them to use their creative minds. Plus, it’s a fun activity that you can do together as a family. Here’s how to make your own DIY photo puzzle blocks:

1. Print your photo

You can choose to print your own photo, your travel photo, your family photo, a cherished childhood photo, or a friend’s photo. Once printed, let it dry for a few hours.

2. Clean your wooden cubes

You can easily clean your wooden cubes using sandpaper and cloth. First, use sandpaper to smoothen the surface of the cubes. Then, wipe the surface with a cloth to remove any debris. Your wooden cubes will look good as new in no time!

3. Make a guide

To make a guide, measure your wooden cubes. Based on the measurement, make a guide. You can use a piece of paper, or a board.

If you’re using a piece of paper, simply trace the outline of the cube onto the paper. Then, use a ruler or other straight edge to draw lines connecting the opposite sides of the cube. This will give you a cross-section of the cube that you can use as a guide for cutting.

Otherwise, if you’re using a board, it’s a good idea to first mark out the dimensions of the cube with a pencil. That way, you’ll have a clear reference point to work from. To cut the cube out of the board, you can either use a sharp cutter or an X-acto knife.

Now that you have your guide, you can trace it to your photo. The excess part shall be removed. The photo shall have the same size as the puzzle blocks combined.

4. Cut your photo into smaller pieces

To make a puzzle photo, cut your photo into smaller pieces. Measure the dimensions of each wooden cube. Draw the measurement at the back of your photo. Following the measurement, you can now cut your photo into smaller pieces.

5. Apply the mod podge

Apply a small amount of mod podge to each wooden cube.

To make your photo cubes, start by applying a small amount of mod podge to each wooden cube. Then, take your small photo pieces and stick them to the cubes. Once all of the pieces are in place, gently press them down using a cloth. And that’s it! Your photo cubes are now ready to be enjoyed.

Repeat this process with all wooden cubes.

Be sure to add a second layer of mod podge on top of each photo. This will ensure that they’re properly sealed. Let it dry thoroughly before proceeding.

6. Make your own box

If you’re the type of person who loves a good photo puzzle, then you know the importance of keeping them organized. The last thing you want is to misplace a piece and ruin the whole puzzle.

That’s why we recommend making your own storage box for your photo puzzles. That way, you can keep them all in one place and avoid any mishaps.

To avoid misplacing your photo puzzle, make your own box to store them. Here’s how:

  • First, you’ll need a neat carton (large enough to fit all of your photo puzzles)
  • Using your guide from the previous step, draw a square on the carton
  • Use one of the wooden cubes to trace the height of the box. Mark each side.
  • Use a ruler to trace where the folds will be
  • Cut the corners and fold to provide the height of the box
  • Apply glue or double-sided tape to close the sides of the carton box
  • Make another one with the same process. This will serve as the cover

Remember to take your time; if you need to, you can always ask a friend or family member for help. With a little effort, you’ll have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of art that you can enjoy for years to come.

And that’s it! Your photo puzzle blocks are now ready to be enjoyed.

Puzzle blocks make a great gift for friends and family. This is also a fun display for your living room. Give it a try today and see how much fun you can have with this unique and challenging activity with your kids! 😊

Watch the video below for a visual guide to making your DIY photo puzzle blocks.

DIY photo puzzle block design ideas

Click on any image to start the lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.

Thanks to the Learning Resources Blog for this project. You can get the full step-by-step-instructions here.

Interactive Photo Puzzle Games

Photo puzzle blocks aren’t just a charming gift or decorative piece; they can also transform into the center of entertainment at gatherings. Turning your DIY creations into interactive photo puzzle games is a fantastic way to engage friends and family, making each event memorable. Here’s how you can incorporate these custom puzzles into fun and interactive games.

Memory Match Game

Create a set of photo puzzle blocks with duplicated images for a classic memory match game. Players turn over two blocks at a time, trying to find matching images. This game tests memory skills and is perfect for players of all ages. The use of personal photos not only adds a unique touch but also sparks conversations about the memories associated with those photos.

Speed Puzzle Challenge

Set up a friendly competition by timing players as they assemble their photo puzzle blocks. This can be an individual challenge or a team activity where players race against the clock to complete the puzzle. Consider different levels of difficulty based on the number of blocks used or the complexity of the image.

Puzzle Hunt

Hide individual photo puzzle blocks around your home or yard, and send players on a puzzle hunt. Each block can have a clue leading to the next, culminating in the final assembly of the puzzle. This game is especially engaging for kids’ parties or family gatherings, adding an element of adventure to the fun of puzzle-solving.

Story Building Game

Each player selects a random photo puzzle block and invents a part of a story based on the image on the block. Players then connect their stories as they add more blocks, creating a shared narrative. This not only encourages creativity but also provides a unique way to reflect on the images chosen for the photo puzzle blocks.

These games make your photo puzzle blocks the star of any gathering, providing customized fun that encourages interaction while celebrating shared memories.


Building a photo puzzle block is a rewarding DIY project that combines creativity with personal memories. The process allows you to transform ordinary wooden blocks into meaningful keepsakes or interactive games. Once completed, these custom puzzles serve as unique gifts and engaging entertainment for friends and family.

If you liked this project, you might also like to view the Creative Ways to Display Photos.



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