As the weeks creep by, we’re no strangers to occupying our time at home. Puzzles have been pulled out from the wobbling stack in the closet, crackers eaten, and pictures drawn. But why spend hours sorting through pieces of some dusty old jigsaw when you can make your own? With this easy DIY, you’ll be able to create a puzzle with nothing more than a cereal box, a magazine, some scissors and glue.
To start, unfold the cereal box so that it lays flat, then cut out the larger two sides (front and back).
Glue the two sides together so that one side is showing cardboard and one side is glossy. By stacking the sides, the puzzle will be sturdier and longer-lasting.
Choose a magazine page/photo that catches your eye. For puzzle-makers looking to spend a little extra time on their pieces, you can draw or paint the puzzle yourself! Just replace the magazine page with a drawing of your own. Bold colors and details of differing sizes work best—try to fill up the whole page!
Glue the picture to the glossy side of the cardboard. To prevent wrinkling, you can use a glue stick instead of liquid glue for this step.
Trim the page and cardboard as needed for a perfect fit.
Finally, cut the puzzle into pieces. Try switching between curves and straight cuts for more interesting shapes. The size and number of pieces can be adjusted to challenge puzzlers at their level—the more pieces, the harder the puzzle! Scramble the pieces and reassemble (it’s harder than it seems).