Photo Block Puzzle DIY

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This Photo Block Puzzle DIY is a simple, affordable gift idea that can be made in one hour for $10 or less!

Here are a few more Mother’s Day GIfts we think your mom will LOVE – Popsicle Stick Flower Pots, Breakfast in Bed Printables, and Printable Quote for Grandma.

how to make a wood photo block puzzle

DIY Photo Blocks

Not only are these blocks cute and thoughtful, but they are also super easy to make! Make a quick run to your craft store and for less than $10, you’ll have everything you need to start creating! Here is how to do it-


  • 6 printed pictures that are the size of 9 blocks put together – mine was about 4″ x 4″
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge brush
  • 9 wooden cubes
  • ribbon + tulle for wrapping, optional
using a pencil and ruler to make a 9x9 grid on the back of a photo


On the back of your pictures, use a ruler and a pencil to measure and mark the size of each block

images cut into squares with gray scissors

Cut each square so your picture is now 9 separate pieces.

adding mod podge and pictures to a wood block

Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on each block, then stick a piece of the picture to it.

final layer of mod podge

Add another thin layer of Mod Podge over the image to seal it to the cube.

using mod podge to glue photos onto wooden blocks

Repeat for all other 5 pictures on the 5 other sides of each cube, then let this dry completely.

wood photo puzzle block wrapped up in black tulle

Once your blocks are dry, you can wrap them up with some tulle or ribbon and give it to your mom!

little girl playing with photo block puzzle

These photo blocks are also a fun toy for kids – Addie loved playing with this block full of her cousins!

Finished photo block puzzle

This photo block puzzle DIY originally published on Somewhat Simple in April 2010

collage of images with photo block puzzle tutorial

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  1. Hi I just found your blog today, and am so glad I did! Love your ideas…I think I might even try my hand at your photo cubes for a Mother's Day gift! I hope you're having a wonderful day, and again, nice to meet you!