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!

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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!


  1. 1
    CraftyMummy says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing

  2. 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. 3
    CLEAN MAMA says:

    Great idea!

  4. 4

    What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing.

  5. 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. 6
    a little bit of everything says:

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

  7. 7

    Super cute idea. She's gonna love it!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

  8. 8
    Laura PARING DOWN says:

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

  9. 9

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

  10. 10

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


  11. 11
    MoraPiggy says:

    So cute. My MIL would love that too.

  12. 12

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

  13. 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. 14
    Mod Podge Amy says:

    So cute Stephanie! I love it!

  15. 15

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

  16. 16
    Pati @ A Crafty Escape says:

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

  17. 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. 18

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

  19. 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. 20
    Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    yes, I did mod podge the top too.

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    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. 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. 23
    One Happy Tree says:

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


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    Taylor says:

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

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