DIY Cardboard Puzzles

Asher has become a puzzle maniac! So I am always looking for a way to keep his little puzzle brain moving. This project was definitely an effort, but the results were great and it’s an activity we can keep doing over and over. I will probably throw them into a bag and keep them with the busy bags. I got this idea from Learning from Play, she made the cutest little Easter egg puzzle. Seriously she has the cutest idea’s, and amazing printable learning activities for kids/ toddlers. Check out her website here………

And be sure to follow her on Instagram….


  1. Cardboard box
  2. Scissors
  3. Razor/box cutter
  4. Ruler
  5. Hot glue
  6. Paint & brushes
Start with a plain old cardboard box.
For each puzzle you will need two equal sized pieces in whatever shape you want.

On the back of one square draw your design. I chose to leave 1/2″ edge around each puzzle.

Next, carefully use your boxcutter/ razor to cut out the design.

Next, glue your two squares together.

Cut the center piece into your desired puzzle shapes. At this point I trimmed down each piece so they fit easily into the puzzle frames. About 1/8″ or less around the pieces.

Then I traced the shapes into the puzzle frame.

Paint the pieces and the place it fits in the frame so they match. This would be a great time to have your little one help if they are old enough. Let dry and they are ready to play!

These are the 4 puzzles I made, but the possibilities are endless!

This activity was a little advanced for Asher, and he needs a little help. It’s a good challenge for him though and I’m sure he’ll have these down soon. You could easily make these more complicated for older kids, or even make a simple shape matching puzzle for younger kids.

I hope you enjoyed this activity and give it a try! Please like, share, and play!

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