Learn how easy it is to make custom picture puzzles on a Cricut! I’ll even show you how to make one with a hidden message that is only revealed after the puzzle is put together.
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Key concepts taught in the video tutorial include how to Slice, how to Align, how to Print Then Cut, how to cut Kraft board and chipboard (with the deep-cut blade and knife blade).
See exactly how to make picture puzzles on Cricut in this step-by-step video below:
Now let me show you how to make custom picture puzzles on the Cricut! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials to Make Picture Puzzles
- Printable sticker paper (full sheet) or printable vinyl — I used the the Staples brand of full sheet sticker paper
- Light chipboard (aka a cereal box) or Kraft board
- Deep-cut blade (for light chipboard) or regular fine-point blade (for Kraft board)
- StrongGrip mat
- A way to cut your materials (I used the amazing Cricut)
- Design #122 – My free SVG/DXF/PDF cut files/patterns (available in my free resource library—get the password at the bottom of this post)
NOTE: Some readers are reporting cutting issues when they use the Cricut brand of printable sticker paper. Just FYI.
How to Make Picture Puzzles on the Cricut
To get started, download my puzzle templates and designs (Design #122) from my free resource library (you can get a password for it at the bottom of this page). If you’re going to cut the puzzles out on your cutting machine, upload the file to your design software. If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
Check back later for more instructions and photos, or watch the video linked above!
Get my free SVG cut files and patterns for the Picture Puzzles
If you make a picture puzzle on a Cricut, please share a photo in our Facebook group, email it to me at [email protected], or tag me on social media with #makershowandtell.
See all of the projects, tutorials and free designs in The Great Maker Show and Tell Challenge! There is one for each day of the 25 Days of Christmas! This is my gift to you for the tremendous support, enthusiasm, and love you’ve shown to me and my little blog over the past two years. To “open” a gift, hover over the day’s image and click the download icon.
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I’m loving your Show & Tell Challenge! I know I’m going to refer back to this tutorials often! Thank you for all your work and creativity in making these!
So happy to hear that, Robin!
I love this! Thank you so much Jennifer! So excited to try this out! I’ve been ordering puzzles of our family pictures from Shutterfly..now I can do this myself! Thanks for showing me how!!! You are awesome!
Thank you so much for the tutorial! Do you happen to have a 5×5 puzzle template? I want to make some for my students and send them to their house during this pandemic.
Hi Julie, you’re welcome! We don’t have a square puzzle template; however, you may want to search Cricut Access or do a Google search for puzzle templates. I hope you find one that works!
I tried several times to get the SVG files for the puzzles and it just keeps taking me to the subscribe part. I have subscribed and no where does it let me get the files. Can you help please.
You can access all of the files in our Resource Library at https://jennifermaker.com/resource-library/. If you’ve already subscribed, then you’ll have the password in your email.
Margarita Burks says
I dowloaded the puzzle file but its not supported by cricut… the files are html instead of jnp
You should see a file that ends with .svg at the end of the file name. That file is the one you’ll want to upload.
Thank you for this tutorial! Can I do this with light chip board and either the fine point blade or knife blade on the maker? I printed and was ready to cut only to realize I don’t have the deep cut blade (face palm!)
APRIL SOUTHWELL says
Can you cut using the Cricut Explorer 2?
If you use a light chipboard, you can, but light chipboard will not be as sturdy!
Linda Granado says
Hi there Im trying to download the picture puzzle and can not find it ??
Hi Linda! In the materials list, you will find the design file number that you can then find in my library, https://jennifermaker.com/resource-library/
With the Explore Air 2, can you use medium chipboard and the deep cut blade?
You can cut chipboard with the deep cut blade. It will be trial and error to see what chipboard will work best!
Christina S Chrisman says
Have you heard of issues with printing?? I keep getting lines across the paper when I print. If I print on regular paper there are no lines. I am using The Paper Studio sticker paper.
Hi Christina! We aren’t aware of any problems currently with printing. We do not have experience with that particular sticker paper.
Hi Jennifer, can you make the puzzle any size. ?
If so can u tell us how.. Thank you
Hi Tia! Since this is to apply a print then cut image onto, the size it imports is the largest you can cut it. If you don’t need a print then cut image applied to the front, just resize it up to 11.5″x11.5″.
Hi Jennifer can I make these projects with the ScanNcut I would love to download the svg file for the puzzle image how can I get the password
Hi! As long as your design software accepts SVG or DXF files, you are welcome to any of the designs in my library.
trying to get puzzle template thanks
Lynn Chebanyuk says
Hello Diane! You can get the free design files by going to our Resource Library! If you haven’t visited before, you will need a password, which you can get at the bottom of this page. Once you are in the library, you will look for Design #122, which contains all of the files for the puzzle! 🙂
I really love how you were able to make custom shapes! Can you help me with how you did that? I want to make a car puzzle for my son’s birthday with a few hidden car pieces I would really appreciate it!
Lynn Chebanyuk says
Are you a member of our Facebook group, Kathryn? They are a group of experienced crafters who love to help others with their projects and they would be able to help you personalize the puzzles for your son! You can find them at Cricut Crafters and Makers! 😍
I LOVE this! It has definitely inspired me! With the Maker 3 coming out I would love to be able to make longer (up to 4′!) puzzles as well. Would the existing template work for this?
Lynn Chebanyuk says
You would need to change the sizing of the SVG to fit whatever dimensions you wanted, Heather, but it sure would! 😄