How to Make Your Own Photo Slider Puzzles

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How to Make Your Own Photo Slider Puzzles
Create your own puzzle for others to solve. (la pièce manquante image by dead_account from

You may have all of the pieces in front of you, but sliding each piece into the correct position is what makes a photo slider puzzle challenging. These puzzles contain several pieces that are shifted around a set area, with the player not allowed to pick up any piece of the puzzle. If you are fond of the slider puzzle, you can create your own using a photograph or printed picture and a puzzle holder created from two pieces of cardboard.

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Things you need

  • Photo or printed picture
  • Heavy stock paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • 2 pieces cardboard
  • Box cutter
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Choose the picture you wish to use in your sliding puzzle. You can select a photograph or find a picture from the Internet.

  2. 2

    Print out the picture on a sheet of heavy stock paper. Do not use standard printer paper as the paper will not be sturdy enough to shift around in your puzzle. If you're using a photograph, you do not need to print anything out.

  3. 3

    Cut out any white space around your picture. Measure the length and width of the picture using a ruler. For example, the picture may measure 6 inches long and 4 inches wide.

  4. 4

    Draw a box in the centre of one of the pieces of cardboard that measures the same length and width as the picture. Cut the shape out using a box cutter. You will be left with what resembles a frame for your picture.

  5. 5

    Glue the piece of cardboard with the hole to the cardboard that has not been cut. The second piece of cardboard acts as a backing so your puzzle pieces do not fall out while being shifted. When attached, it will look like one piece of cardboard with a shallow recess in the shape of your picture.

  6. 6

    Flip your picture over and create a grid using your ruler and a pencil. Each space in the grid should be of equal size. For example, the 6-by-4 inch picture can be split into six spaces measuring 2-by-2 inches.

  7. 7

    Cut along the lines in your grid to create the pieces for your sliding puzzle.

  8. 8

    Place all but one of your puzzle pieces into the cardboard holder. Make sure all the pieces are facing the same direction.

  9. 9

    Slide the pieces of your puzzle using your index finger. Shift the pieces to create the picture or give the puzzle to a friend to solve.

  10. 10

    Flip the cardboard over to empty the picture pieces from the puzzle and replace it with a new picture of the same size for a brand new challenge.

Tips and warnings

  • The more pieces you use in the puzzle, the more challenging it will be to complete.
  • Consider marking the back of each piece with a number to ensure you place the pieces correctly into the holder.

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