Craft Stick Puzzles

My friend, Linda, shared these puzzles with me.  She actually had the children draw pictures on their popsicle sticks, but I decided to adapt it for our sunflower theme.


1.  Print and cut out a sunflower photo.  Lay out the craft sticks to see how many will be needed.

2.  Tape the edges of the craft sticks to the work surface so they will not move.

3.  Glue the photograph to the craft sticks.

4.  Using a craft knife, cut through the photo to cut the sticks apart.

An easy storage idea is a plastic baggy.  These puzzles would be great to put in a diaper bag or purse to pull-out when you’re on-the-go and need a quiet activity!

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  1. What type of glue did you find works best?

  2. We used school glue that we smeared around. I tried a glue stick, but it didn't seem to hold quite as well!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think I am going to try Modge Pogde that can be used for decopauge (sp?).

  4. Crystal says:

    That's really nice keepsake game! Very cool!

  5. could you use a real photo or does it need to be printed from a computer?

  6. Sarah says:

    Modge Podge works great!

  7. Kathryn says:

    Can you clarify if you used a photo on photo paper or on regular paper?

    • Stacie says:

      I’ve used both! Regular paper seems to stick best, but it probably depends what kind of glue you are using if you use photo paper.

  8. Erasmo Adalberto says:

    Uma idéia Genial , pra ter um brinquedo alegre e fácil de fazer… Eu recomendo !

  9. I plan on doing this with magnetic strip and a small flat wooden board. Also, to help learn numbers I’ll number the sticks in their correct order.

  10. What size is the picture?

  11. I tried making these for my OCC boxes. I found it not so easy. I used Z-acto knife and the picture tore or cut very unevenly . I used photos from a magazine and many of them bled thru. I still liked the idea. Hope I have better luck next time making them MA

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