DIY Magnet Puzzle

DIY Magnet puzzle, use up old photos and keep the kids busy during a road trip.

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Great craft made from extra family photos and something to keep your kiddos busy while traveling in the car.

I used to be a scrap booker, but about 5 years ago I switched to a Snapfish user to chronicle our family’s life. Remember how we loved getting pictures and adding them to our albums….well now I love getting digital pictures and adding them to my Snapfish books. My mom and sister will occasionally send me random pictures of themselves or my boys, which I love to see, but where to put them. Not all of them are frame worthy, so they go in a shoe box for someday….$1 Craft Supplies at Dollar Tree!

Today is that day for a lucky few. I made magnet puzzles, here are the items you’ll need:

  1. picture (4×6 is what I used)
  2. wood craft sticks (flat Dilly Bar style)
  3. Mod Podge (or homemade craft glue)
  4. craft magnets
  5. glue gun and glue sticks (the adhesive from the magnet strip didn’t stick on the back of the stick well enough for my liking)
  6. x-acto knife

imageThe picture in the photos is of myself (pre-children), niece and nephew Up North getting ready to catch the big one.

Let’s Make some Magnet PUzzles!

Line up the sticks and decide how many you need for the picture to fit. Slather glue on the sticks and picture and adhere to the sticks (I used a brayer but you don’t have to), allow that glue to dry for about 10 minutes. Add another layer of glue to the picture.

FYI the picture will curl up as it dries, don’t worry let it dry thoroughly and leave it alone prior to the next step.

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Now it is time to cut. I turned my picture over so only the stick side was showing and sliced a line right between the sticks.


Side note: Β the cutting board we use. I love the categorized cutting boards for foods, but with D-Man and his fish allergy I have re-purposed the fish board for crafts. It works great!

Time for the Glue gun!

Squirt a glob of glue, press the magnet into it and hold for 10 seconds until it sets. If you end up with a bunch of stringy random glue strands grab your hairdryer and melt those puppies into the craft. Just be sure not to heat it up too much to un-stick your magnets.

imageLast but not least try it out, grab your jelly roll pan (or equivalent) and put a magnet puzzle together.


I hope D-Man likes these magnet puzzles, the one above is of his best friend riding a bull!

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14 Replies to “DIY Magnet Puzzle”

  1. This is SO AWESOME! I cannot wait to do this with my littles!

  2. Cute idea to keep kids busy!

    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Stephenie - Blended Life Happy Wife says:

    This is a Great Project. I like that it can be done by just about any age. I know my children will have fun with this. It is simple and straight forward and I know they will think it will make a great gift for their grandparents. Thank you for sharing this post in the All For Mamas Link Party Week 4 #allformamas I will share this on the Facebook Group page, my page, twitter, pinterest, stumbleupon and g+

    1. I never thought of making it as a gift for Grandparents, it would be a great creation project for a fridge photo!

  4. Jann Olson says:

    What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. Super cute and what an easy craft. Ikea had some small magnetic boards that would travel well. I have so many pictures around, this is a great way to get then out of the box! Thanks I will pin ?

  6. Easy cute little game to occupy little ones!

  7. Such a great idea. We get tons of postcards this would be great for. Thanks for sharing at To Grandma’s House We Go Link party.

  8. Awww how fun! Thanks for posting it at Support Blog For Moms of Boys πŸ™‚

  9. Featuring this tonight at the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party. Have a great week. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Stephanie I will check it out, and post some more. Thanks for all the features

  10. Hello Kim Amy,
    I can tell you are an occupational therapist ~ we had several boxes of cut apart puzzles either handmade from photographs or printed and purchased. The kids in our SH class loved putting them together! {I think us aides really enjoyed doing them, too… πŸ˜‰ }.
    A fun idea!
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts,
    Barb πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Barb, glad to have you here. Yep I’m an OT for a reason I love to craft and do things for my kiddos that involves brain skills and finger skills!

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