Picture of Popsicle stick puzzle
I made it at TechShop Detroit

Here's an easy to make project, that will give your little ones a nice, quiet activity.

Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors

Laser etcher (available at TechShop)
graphics program (CorelDRAW available at TechShop)

Step 1: Preparing the graphic

Picture of Preparing the graphic
Determine how big (how many sticks) you want your puzzle to be. We wanted ours to be square, so we just placed several side by side and use another stick to measure with, and came up with eleven.

This gave us a 4.25" square to work with.

We made two puzzles this day, so the photos and graphics are 'mix and match'

Using your graphics program, create a graphic/document, the size of your puzzle, and add any graphic, clip art, or text you wish. In the case of our Einstein puzzle, we sized it to the appropriate width, and just let the height exceed the boundary of the document. This is not a problem, as the laser will not etch outside the boundary.
rhett51 year ago
he used a picture and glued it on
lime3D (author)  rhett51 year ago
Have him write an instructable.
rhett51 year ago
my brother did one of these