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.
July 2023 Update: I’ve added sublimation designs you can use, too, like this llama and hummingbird!
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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:
July 2023 Update: The free download now includes sublimation designs, too! I used an AI art generator to create these designs featuring wild animals and bright flowers. I hope you love them as much as I do!
There’s a sloth cuddling tropical flowers.
And a giraffe with a bird friend, or a purple hedgehog!
A tiger hiding in the jungle, or tropical fish with coral.
An elephant emerging from the jungle, and a parrot perched in the sun!
If you want to make the sublimation picture puzzles, just follow my basic sublimation design prep tutorial and print them to match your blank. I used 7.5″ x 5″ sublimation picture puzzle blanks. Make sure you have all the materials and tools from the tutorial before you begin!
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 (8.5″ x 11″ 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)
- Purple StrongGrip machine 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 PNGs for sublimation and SVG cut files and patterns for the Picture Puzzles!
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