Are all Toddlers Vain? How to Make a Photo Puzzle

personalised photo puzzle DIY

This is a question I ask myself daily. My Little Button simply loves photos of herself and making funny faces in the mirror. Are other toddlers like this? One of the other things she’s into at the moment is a good puzzle, so I made her a personalised photo puzzle to enjoy. This puzzle is fairly simple to make, only needs a few materials but does need good cutting skills, so it’s a project to do when you’ve got good powers of concentration. My first attempt gave Grayson one eye as I did it when I was particularly tired!

You will need:

  • Blank puzzle
  • Photo printed out twice on non photo paper
  • Blue acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • Mod Podge
  • Craft knife


  1. Begin by sizing your picture on your computer to fit the dimensions of the puzzle pieces. Print out two copies onto ordinary white paper.


  1. On the back of one of the photos, draw around each piece with a pencil. This can take a little while.


 3. Using a craft knife or a small pair of scissors, carefully cut out each piece of the photo. Then spread a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the front of the corresponding puzzle piece and place the photo piece on top. Smooth out any bumps or air bubbles with your fingers. I found it easier to do this step piece by piece instead of cutting out all the photo in one go.


  1. Paint the puzzle board a colour that complements your picture. Then add another thin layer of Mod Podge onto each puzzle piece when they are separated to seal the paper on top.

personalised photo puzzle DIY

  1. Depending on the age of your Little Button, add the second photo onto the backing of the puzzle board to help them know where the pieces go.

personalised photo puzzle DIY

personalised photo puzzle DIY

I also turned a piece of her artwork into a puzzle. I took a photo of one of her masterpieces and resized it on a computer to fit the puzzle pieces. I then repeated steps 2 – 5. Easy as that!
personalised photo puzzle DIY

~ Laura xx ~

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