Making a jigsaw puzzle for your boyfriend can be a cute and romantic gift to express your feelings. Whether you plan to make the puzzle using a picture of yourself or a written love letter, you can make the pieces with basic items you find at home or at a craft store. Come up with a creative or romantic way to present him with the gift when it’s completed.
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Things you need
- White glue
- Glue roller
- Foam poster board
- Cutting mat
- Box cutter
Print the picture that you want to turn into a puzzle onto a sheet of paper. Allow 15 minutes for the ink to dry to avoid smudging when you flip it over to glue.
Turn the paper over and spread a thin layer of white glue on the back with a glue roller.
Press the paper onto a foam poster board. Roll over the top with a clean, dry glue roller to remove any air bubbles and to ensure smooth contact between the surfaces. Allow the glue to dry overnight.
Place the foam poster board onto a cutting mat and use a box cutter to remove any excess around the original picture. Discard the foam scraps.
Start in the upper left corner of the picture and cut a puzzle piece shape with the box cutter. Continue to work your way from left to right along the top of the foam poster board, making different-shaped puzzle pieces. Start a new row after you reach the end and continue the pattern until the entire picture has been cut up into puzzle pieces.
Assemble the pieces for a test run of the puzzle before taking it apart to present to your boyfriend. Place it in a heart-shaped box, or if you’re in a long-distance relationship, mail him several pieces at once over a period of time, until he gets the entire puzzle.
Tips and warnings
- Draw the outlines of the puzzle pieces onto the picture in light pencil if you're uncomfortable cutting them out freehand.
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