Puzzles and games have always been a big deal in our house. Canasta, DIY puzzles out of cereal boxes, Scrabble, words with friends, Cranium, Tripoli, Cribbage, and Pictionary are a few of our faves.
Here’s what you need to make a 3D puzzle cube
How to make a 3D puzzle cube
This DIY wooden puzzle cube was inspired my youngest brother, Steven, who loves the Rubrics cube. This would be a fun gift for kids to give to Mom or Dad on Father’s Day or Mother’s Day.
Step 1- Buy the supplies
If you only plan to make 1 puzzle cube, this pack of 36 wooden cubes is the best deal. If you want to make multiple wooden puzzles, this pack of 200 wooden cubes is a great deal. (A pack of 200 wooden cubes would make 7 complete wooden cube puzzles!)
Step 2- Create shapes
First, take 23 cubes and arrange them into these 5 single layer shapes below.
Step 3- Glue the shapes together
Next, dip a q-tip into the wood glue and carefully glue the shapes together making sure that they are square and as lined up as possible. The glue does not dry super quick so you do have a little wiggle room with each piece. Use a flat surface to make sure you are getting the blocks as straight as possible. It’s also fair to note, that you do not have to make the puzzle cube in the same pieces as mine.
Step 4- Glue 4 more blocks
Now, set the criss cross shaped piece to the side, that one is complete! For the other 4 pieces you will need to glue one of the 4 remaining cubes to each piece. Follow the arrows!
Step 5- Allow drying time
Give the wooden pieces a few hours to completely dry before moving on to step 6.
Step 6- Paint
Use a paintbrush to paint each section of the puzzle cube. I left one of my sections wood and painted the other 4 sections. Allow each peice to dry over night.
Step 7- Sand rough edges
I used sand paper after the cubes dried because a few pieces had a little dried glue.
Another fun idea is to give someone all the materials to make this little craft! Are you a puzzle person? Do you think someone in your life would enjoy this toy?