Tim van de Vall

Blank Jigsaw Puzzle Templates | Make Your Own Jigsaw Puzzle for Free

Have you ever wanted to make your own custom jigsaw puzzles? Now you can with these blank jigsaw puzzle templates. There are nine printable templates to choose from, as well as a step-by-step puzzle-making tutorial.

Start by selecting one of the templates below. I recommend choosing the first template with 12 puzzle pieces. Since the tabs on the pieces are angular rather than rounded, they’re easy to cut out.

Jigsaw Puzzle Template Set 1

Jigsaw puzzle templates

12-piece blank puzzle template. Great for kids to cut out. Recommended for ages 9 and up.


Jigsaw Puzzle Template-02

6-piece puzzle template. I recommend this one for kids 8 and under.


Jigsaw Puzzle Template-03

20-piece jigsaw puzzle template. Recommended for children age 10-99.

Jigsaw Puzzle Template-04

30 puzzle piece template, for kids age 10-99.


Blank Jigsaw Puzzle 15 pieces

15-piece puzzle template, for kids age 10-99.

How to Make Your Own Jigsaw Puzzle

Necessary Supplies:

X-Acto Knife or Scissors
Glue Stick

Make your own jigsaw puzzle

Step 1: Print out one of the above templates and draw a picture on it. I’ve printed out a scene from my comic book series, The Adventures of Chartwell. (The puzzle pieces are faintly drawn on the illustration.) Once you’re happy with your drawing, paste it on a piece of cardboard with a glue stick. If you like, cover it with a layer of laminate.

Make your own jigsaw puzzle

Here you can see the faint outline of the puzzle pieces. If you wish to make the puzzle piece lines lighter, you can do so by changing the image opacity in image editing software such as Photoshop.

Make your own jigsaw puzzle

Step 2: Using the X-Acto knife (or scissors) and the ruler, cut along the perimeter of the puzzle. Note: Children should probably not use the X-Acto knife, especially not unattended. Leave the following steps to a parent/grown up.

Make your own jigsaw puzzle

Step 3. Start to cut out the pieces. Carefully slice them with the X-acto knife. Be careful not to cut into your floor or table.

Make your own jigsaw puzzle

Step 4: Continue to cut out the pieces until they’re all separated.

Make your own jigsaw puzzle

Congratulations! Your puzzle is now complete.

Make your own jigsaw puzzle

Test out your puzzle by reassembling it. For a more sturdy puzzle and a greater challenge, consider using pressboard or wood.

Leave a Comment

Anna 10/02/2013, 11:28 am

Thank you for the free jigsaw templates Tim!

Tim van de Vall 10/02/2013, 12:57 pm

You’re welcome Anna!

Arun 12/18/2013, 2:12 am

Thanks Tim! I am starting with the first 3 templates of yours…

Tim van de Vall 12/18/2013, 11:52 am

I’m glad they are helpful, Arun! Good luck making your puzzle.


Linda 01/17/2014, 3:55 am

Great idea! I used the template to create a practice puzzle for my students. I write the assignments on the back. The child picks out a piece, does the assignment and then puts the puzzle together as a reward.

Kara 03/13/2014, 10:21 am

Thanks for the templates! I used one to create a puzzle asking my crush to sadies, and he said yes!

Maria B 09/18/2014, 10:26 pm

Hello Mr Tim,
I am just starting to teach Preschoolers during Sunday school at my church and was thrilled to find someone who not only had a free template, but illustrated how to make the actual puzzle.
I am a huge fan of recycling and re purposing, and since I’m using my own funds for my Bible teaching class this worked out great for my little ones.
Thank you so much!
Peace and blessings,
Maria B <

Tim van de Vall 09/19/2014, 5:58 pm

You’re very welcome, Maria! I’m glad I was able to help.


Michael 01/31/2015, 11:44 pm

I teach kids chess and need your help on print outs. I want to use a template and print a chess board so that it becomes a jigsaw puzzle. Please tell me how to do this, so I can make puzzles for the kids to learn chess. I need a way to select a chess diagram, screen capture it with windows snipping tool, then save as a .jpg image. Then just print it using your templates and cut out pieces and glue onto poster board from walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, etc. What other materials can we use cost efficient? I want to help them learn chess openings, say a diagram with 1st five moves each side, just beginner level.

I want to use it with teens and adults to display winning move from famous chess champions or tournaments. With adults and teens, we can do a 30 piece puzzle and pick a move from the chess match. This can be an ice breaker or starting point for chess lectures. I can see also using it for exams or pop quiz on chess. Pick 5-10 moves back before checkmate, then ask them to assemble jigsaw puzzle and solve for checkmate; and keep the puzzle as door prize, gift, take away’s at classes, seminars, chess workshops, or lectures, etc.

I just need a way to use your templates and print from snipping tool screen captures for my students. Bless you and health and happiness to you. Is it possible to illustrate an example please, so my helpers and assistants can make some print outs of chess diagrams turned into jigsaw puzzles? Youtube chesscoachtrainer S01E05 episode 5 in season 1 had us work with an ADD 1st grader. I wish I could make chess diagram jigsaw puzzles for him, if you show me, and all kids too. Thanks, Mike

Tim van de Vall 02/01/2015, 9:28 am

Hi Mike,

You don’t need to use the windows snipping tool to download a template. Simply click on the chessboard image from my chessboard printable post to open the high res jpeg version. Then right-click on the image and press “Save Image As…” to save it to your computer. Then overlay one of the jigsaw puzzle templates and trace it onto the chessboard.

Jigsaw Puzzle Post: http://www.timvandevall.com/make-your-own-jigsaw-puzzle-templates/
Chessboard Post: http://www.timvandevall.com/free-printable-chess-boards-and-chess-pieces-for-kids/

I hope that helps,

Saleemah Green 06/12/2015, 10:21 am

THANK YOU for sharing!! I do corporate training and teambuilding and am always in search of new ways to teach adults. Everyone loves a puzzle!

Heidi 02/04/2016, 12:48 pm

Hi from Germany, I used your template to make a birthday wish for my friend’s 70th. Also did a window snipping, put it in word and laid a text field over it (click “no background filling”). Wrote the text and printed it. Done. She will be thrilled to solve it.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Jim 05/20/2016, 6:45 am

How can I bring up one of your blank templates and write a poem on it using my keyboard? Then print it out.

Tim van de Vall 05/20/2016, 8:14 am

Perhaps you can set it as a background in a program such as Word or Pages.

gladys 06/22/2017, 10:01 am

I like your the shapes you used for these templates- suitable for cutting with blade or scissors- no curved edges. Thank you for the idea.