How to make a blank jigsaw puzzle

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Jigsaw puzzles are a popular pastime for people of all ages. Skill levels range from very simple four-piece puzzles for toddlers and children, to intensely challenging 5,000-piece puzzles for older fans. A new angle for the real puzzle fan is making his own jigsaw puzzle. Puzzles can be made from a favourite picture, a child's drawing or--for a super challenge--a blank sheet.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/8-inch-thick Baltic birch plywood the size and shape of the finished puzzle
  • Blank paper
  • Rubber cement
  • Clear packing tape
  • Scroll saw

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  1. 1

    Draw or download and print a jigsaw puzzle pattern on a sheet of paper. Print onto multiple sheets if necessary for the size puzzle you want to make.

    How to make a blank jigsaw puzzle
  2. 2

    Glue the paper pattern to the sheet of Baltic plywood with rubber cement.

  3. 3

    Cover the entire pattern with clear packing tape. This will lubricate the blade when the puzzle is cut.

  4. 4

    Carefully follow the pattern lines with a scroll saw to cut out the puzzle. If you are new to scroll sawing, you might want to use a spiral blade that makes turning tight corners easy.

  5. 5

    Cut the entire puzzle out, then remove the tape and paper from the pieces. Excess rubber cement can be rubbed off.

Tips and warnings

  • A patterned puzzle can be made in the same manner, but use a permanent glue and print the puzzle pattern onto a glossy picture.
  • Be certain you have adequate ventilation when using rubber cement.

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