Kids Frugal Fun: Popsicle Puzzles

January 29th is National Puzzle Day and since Valentine’s Day gifts are on everyone’s minds, MomonDealz has combined the 2 holidays and brought us yet another fun, educational and frugal craft to do with our little ones!!

Popsicle Puzzle Making

Popsicle Sticks
Modge Podge (or I’ve been told Elmer’s Glue and Water works just as well)
Photo/Image of choice
Scissors or Craft Knife


1. Cut image of your child’s choice to desired size.
2. Lay picture down and line up popsicle sticks beside it to ensure you have the correct number of sticks.

3. Line the sticks in a row and tape them down on your work space (I used a plastic grocery bag to avoid messes).
4. Apply Modge Podge on the back of the photo/image and glue it to the sticks. Allow to dry.

5. Flip sticks and image over and apply adhesive to the entire back of the sticks. Allow to dry.
6. Using sharp scissors or craft knife, cut the sticks apart.
7. Apply Modge Podge to the front of each individual stick (this will prolong their life in the hands of toddlers). Allow to dry.

Valentine Gift Tags:

I created the tags on Print Shop using an image I found on the internet. Then I cut red circles from card stock and attached the tags to them. Simple! Then we put the the sticks in the goody bags and punched a hole in the tags to attach them to the baggies. We will also add some candy in the bags when we finish them!

Note: You can also tape down the popsicle sticks and have your child color their own picture (depending on their skill level).

*If you don’t want popsicle puzzles, you can also purchase blank traditional puzzles and add your images to those as well.
To see the educational activites that coincide with this craft, visit Momondealz HERE.

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9 comments… add one
  • This is an cool idea. My niece loves puzzles. I have a couple questions. What is modge podge glue? And, where do you get the picture? Just find something online and print it out on normal printer paper?
  • that is such a great idea! thankyou :D
  • what an awesome idea!
  • this is such a cute idea!!!!
  • i have been wondering what to do with my bag of popsicle sticks that i save....this is a good idea, although i dont have kids, could use to draw pictures of my doggies for keepsakes....etc.
  • awesome
  • Thank you for a great idea. My granddaughter will love this.
  • What a neat idea. I think that would make a sweet gift!
  • I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. I am SO going to do this with my kids!!

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