If you puzzle a lot you will soon learn the advantages of having a puzzle board to work on. They come in all sizes and styles and what you pick depends on how you are using it. But whatever you choose, I assure you it will make puzzling a lot nicer for your back and legs!
Here are some of my favorite styles of puzzle boards you can find on Amazon. If you search you can find many of the same styles at various prices as well.
So for some, these might be a bit expensive and if you are like me, I just kept thinking of how many puzzles I could buy for the cost of any of the above. With that thought, I set out to make my own puzzle board which I found super easy and quick to do. All said and done it cost about $10 to make!
Materials used ….
- Two pieces of foam core – 32″ x 40″
- One wide yard of felt (should cover the front of one piece of foam core and wrap to backside a few inches
- Strong glue or hot glue gun
- Double sided tape – at leadt 1/2″ width
- Craft knife to cut foam core
- Apply felt to one board, wrapping to the back and secure with double sided tape or glue.
- One the second board, cut 2″ off one long side. Set aside.
- On the remaining piece, measure 10″ from the outside of a long edge, towards the center and make several tick marks. Draw a line across the long edge at these 10 marks.
- Use a craft knife to cut on the drawn line but NOT all the way through the board. You just want to cut enough so that you can bend the board to make the backside stand.
- Secure the larger part of the remaing board to the back of the larger board and bend the stand section that you cut. If needed, add a piece of packing tape from the stand section to the backside so that it does not break apart.
- Using the piece you first cut off, cut two pieces that will fit between the backside and the stand. Attach these pieces between the stand section and the backside as seen in the photo above. Glue the pieces and add tape for extra strength.
It may not be the prettiest board and I’m sure it can be improved upon but it will get you buy till you are ready to purchase a more expensive one.
Finally . . . if none of these work for you and you need something portable or that you can roll around the house you might take a look at this …
I’m actually looking at one of these for myself and best of all, my homemade puzzle board will fit perfectly on it once I remove the stand!