Yesterday I unpacked a whole bunch of vintage childrens books that I'd set aside for craft projects. I felt a brief moment of despair at the sheer quantity, unsure where to store and when I would use them etc. My hands (filled with books) hovered over the To-The-Opshop pile, but eventually relented and stacked them in one of our bookshelves. So last night while we snuggled up on the couch watching some Stand Up Comedy, I quietly hatched plans for some of those books. Disclaimer: All books used in the making of these puzzles were in an unfit state to be read - pages missing/ripped/graffitied etc.
I won't insult your intelligence by bothering to write a tutorial for these DIY puzzles, though my photo essay is pretty much the equivalent of one anyway (sorry!). I will say that if you can avoid it, don't use corrugated cardboard (though you probably already knew that...).
After I made this simple puzzle for my puzzle-mad two year old, I came up with a couple of easy variations. I had some scraps of magnetic paper waiting for a project, so I made a fridge puzzle.
I'll be back soon with some other uses I found for my Broken Books collection.