Make Your Own Photo Puzzle Blocks

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Writer’s block.
Photographer’s block.

People say that like it’s a bad thing, but we happen to like blocks. Lego blocks, glass blocks, Irina Blok… we’re big fans.

That’s why we came up with this photo block puzzle. It’s a little like our Photo Blocks, but squarer and bigger and harder to solve, and with a bunch more photos.

It’s a set of blocks we’d proudly display on our coffee table any day of the week.

How to Make Your Own Photo Puzzle Blocks

Photo credit: jeansman

A Photo Block Puzzle, You Say?

After we learned to walk, people seemed to frown on us still playing with blocks. Yeah, well, now we’re grownups and we can do what we want, so we’re gonna play with blocks, dang it.

We’re just making it more sophisticated by gluing photos to our blocks and turning them into a big colorful photo puzzle to solve.

Leave a set scattered on your coffee table, and see how long it takes before everyone else starts playing with blocks too.

What You’ll Need


  • 16 wooden blocks (we used Danish alphabet blocks!)
  • Ruler
  • Square format image(s)
  • Matte photo paper
  • X-acto knife and cutting mat
  • Glue, rubber cement, or Mod Podge
  • Small paintbrush

Step 1: Measure

measure-smArrange 16 blocks in a square and measure the length and width of the square.

Choose a square format image and resize it to match the length and width of your blocks (ours was 7″ x 7″).

Step 2: Print and Trim

Print the image on matte photo paper and let it dry.

When dry, use a ruler and x-acto knife to trim it to size.

Step 3: Apply Glue

paintUse a small paintbrush to spread glue on the back of the image.

Arrange the blocks in a square on top of the print. Position them so they’re lined up neatly as close together as possible.

Let the whole thing rest until the glue is completely dry.

Step 4: Cut Apart

cut-smOnce the glue’s dry, turn the square of blocks right side up.

Use a ruler as a guide to cut the blocks apart. Cut as neatly as you can along the line between the blocks.

There you go- you’ve got yerself some photo puzzle blocks!

Step 5: Repeat

repeat-smRepeat steps 2-4 as many times as you like. You can cover all 6 sides of the blocks with different photos, or leave a couple of sides bare.

The more photos you have, the more time you can spend happily solving your photo puzzles.

Step 6: Scramble and Solve

scramble-smMix all your photo blocks together, and scatter them on your coffee table for friends to solve when they come over.

Make a couple of sets and have races to see who can solve their puzzle first!

More Ideas

  • Make your own wood blocks by cutting blanks into cubes. Leave at least one side blank so you can see the wood.
  • Make different-sized puzzles with 4 blocks, 9 blocks, 25 blocks… you get the picture.
  • Not a square shooter? Make rectangular puzzles to fit all your rhomboid photo needs.

Photo credit: jeansman

You love love, and you love it big time. So, go BIG this Valentine’s Day.

Print up a 3 foot x 4 foot Engineer Print to show your love BIG time.

Read along to see three fun ways to spread the love to friends, crushes and soulmates using photos!


1. Mailbox Surprise

Just fold up your Engineer Print, pop it in an envelope and mail it to your long-distance love.

Parabo Press’s EPs (as the cool kids call ‘em) are printed on extra thin paper, perfect for easy hanging and mailing too!

Yeah, your print will get creases in it, but we just love the idea of your giftee unfolding and unfolding and unfolding to reveal the biggest Valentine they’ve ever received.


2. Pin the Heart on the Babe

We may have spent a bit extra time on this part of the photoshoot in the Photojojo Office … this game is serious fun! Everyone gave it a go.

Print up a photo of your favorite heartthrob, cut out some hearts, procure a blindfold, give the first contestant a good spin, and watch them just try to find their way to that cutie’s heart.

It’s the perfect pastime for a Galentine’s Party or a cozy night in – just you, mood music, a box of chocolates and an EP of Michael B. Jordan.


3. Surprise! I love you!

Engineer Prints (available in color and B&W) are the perfect width to tape in your
standard door.

Tape your face looking into a room with an inward opening door to give your favorite someone a BIG surprise.

Just make sure your intended recipient is in the room when you stick up that print.



What are you waiting for?


Three Lovely Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Using Photos

We get it. You need the perfect costume idea.

Whelp, if you like snapping photos and having fun (you sound like our favorite kind of person) look no further!

Check out four easy costume ideas that’ll get you all the best candy (full size only).

Inspector Gadget

Fill a trench coat with gizmos and give your friends a fright followed by relief when they realize you did not dress as a streaker.



Hang the Photo Rope from your neck and use magnets to hang your favorite photos. You’re everyone’s favorite stream of photos. *Liked*


  • A Black Outfit
  • Photo Rope
  • Square Prints (get ‘em free from Parabo Press)

A Beautiful Unicorn

Throw magical colorful clouds around, wherever you go! The more color you fling the more colorful your costume will become.


A Real-Live Photo Booth

Document your favorite costumes and hand out prints as you go. You can even charge your pals for print … just like a real photo booth.


Do you have a super photo-related costume idea? Tell us over on Instagram – we’re @photojojo. Or, show us with #photojojo.

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