Mother’s Day Gift- How to Make a Block Puzzle with Photos

Here is a fun Mother’s Day gift I made a few years ago for my Mother In Law- a Block Puzzle with photos of all her kids and their families!

block puzzle 3

Me and my “long lost friend” (who used to live a mile away from me that now lives 15 miles away whom I NEVER see anymore) got together one afternoon and made these. They are simple and cute and sure to please all of the moms out there!


block puzzle 1

9 wooden cubes, Mod Podge, sponge brush, scissors, distress ink (though I ended up not using it) and 6 pictures that are the size of 9 blocks put together, about 4″ x 4″. Supplies not shown: Ruler & Pencil

*First off, thanks to my sister in laws for keeping up awesome blogs and facebook pages so I could copy the pictures I needed. Secondly, shame on my own sisters who choose not to stay current with pictures of their families thus making me think of something else to make for mom!

DIRECTIONS:block puzzle 21. On the back of your pictures, measure with a ruler the size of each block and make a grid with your pencil. 2. Cut each square so your picture is now 9 separate pieces. 3. Mod Podge each piece of the picture to one cube. Repeat for all other 5 pictures on the 5 other sides of each cube.4. Tie it up with some Tulle and you’re done!block puzzle 4

So easy, even my kids helped me with it!!!

This is also a super great toy for kids, seeing as though my kids all couldn’t keep their hands off of it!

(This idea originally published on Somewhat Simple in April 2010)

This is a cute, simple idea sure to please any mom!

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
Mini Lemon Meringue Pies - 2 hours ago

Latest posts by Stephanie (see all)

Print Friendly


  1. CraftyMummy says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing

  2. Love Being a Nonny says:

    I want to make this for my granddaughter…where do I get the wooden cubes? Michaels? Hobby Lobby?

  3. CLEAN MAMA says:

    Great idea!

  4. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    Love being a Nonny-
    You can buy the wood at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and other craft stores- but their cubes are about a buck a piece. Best thing to do is go to Home Depot, buy a long piece of wood for a couple bucks and have them cut it for you. You'll have a ton of blocks for a lot of other fun projects!

  6. a little bit of everything says:

    Such a cute idea. I'm sure your mother in law will love it!

  7. Super cute idea. She's gonna love it!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah 😀

  8. Laura PARING DOWN says:

    The HD for blocks is a great idea. Much cheaper than buying a bag of pre-made blocks!

  9. What a great idea!!! So stinkin' cute!!!

  10. That is a darling idea and it's going to be a hit with your MIL!


  11. MoraPiggy says:

    So cute. My MIL would love that too.

  12. love it! would be a great gift for a kid too!

  13. Hi I just found your blog and BlogFrog group 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!

  14. Mod Podge Amy says:

    So cute Stephanie! I love it!

  15. So cute! And fun. I want a craft day twise a month with a friend. Maybe I need to start that up!

  16. Pati @ A Crafty Escape says:

    Love this idea… and I think my kids would love it too. Thanks for the HD tip!

  17. lindsey@junkstyle says:

    I love this idea! It turned out great! I just posted about my MIL's gift as well, hope she doesn't see it either :)

  18. Wow – I feel like a celebrity being mentioned on your blog! :) I'm looking forward to our next crafting get together!

  19. Great idea! I was at a lose for what to do for my mom and m-i-l this year. Quick question, did you mod podge on top of the photos too?

  20. Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    yes, I did mod podge the top too.

  21. One Happy Tree says:

    This is too cute. I have a seemingly stupid question. How does one "Mod Podge"? I bought the stuff but the most I've done with it is get it through my front door. It intimidates me. Not sure how to use it. Help! This would make a great father's day gift!


  22. Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    Check out Amy's site:

    She has instructions and tips and explains it way better than I can!

    Good luck and HAVE FUN WITH IT!!!

  23. One Happy Tree says:

    Yay! Thanks Steph! I'm going to practice. Can't wait!


  24. Taylor says:

    If I were to get HD to cut the wood for me, how big would each block be or need to be?