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How To Make A Word Search In Google Sheets

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I went through hell and high water trying to learn how to make a word search puzzle for a Cricut Mothers Day Idea I had for a gift.

I searched all over the internet for DIY word search maker and word search puzzles you create and I couldn’t find anything helpful. So all that was left was creating 1 on my own.

I tried to make my word search puzzle in Adobe Photoshop and also directly in Cricut Design Space. Neither worked. I couldn’t figure out how to align the letters.

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How To Make A Word Search Puzzle For Free

I ended up opening google sheets to make it. Why? Because it made sense, there are already sales in the program so all you have to do is enter your words and your random letters with no commas or spaces. I didn’t but You can also add the word list right in Google Sheets.

Using this method to make a DIY Word Search will also work I’m sure with a crossword puzzle and its answer key. Using Google Sheets as a puzzle maker was one of the best ideas I have had in a while!

showing the drop down in google sheets to resize columns for diy word search

The instructions on how to make a word search are super easy, and I made an easy-to-follow video tutorial so you can DIY your own word search.

Using this tutorial and your Cricut machine you can make some amazing gifts. You can even make and sell these on Etsy or even at craft sales in your area.

I made one as a kind of a gag housewarming gift for my daughter when she moved out. She thought it was quite hilarious Cricut Home Decor Bathroom Word Find.

how to make a word search

More Word Search Ideas

  • birth announcements
  • birthdays
  • fathers day
  • as fun home decor
  • and more

These things will for sure be the conversation piece at your next gathering. You can leave it plain and pair it with a dry erase marker for fun you can have over and over again.

diy word search

Here are more cool projects to try with your Cricut!

diy word search
Yield: 1 Word Search
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: FREE

Learn how to make a word search with this easy-to-follow video tutorial and step-by-step images. DIY word searches for all sorts of things!

I searched all over the internet for DIY word search maker and word search puzzles you create and I couldn't find anything helpful. So all that was left was creating 1 on my own.

I tried to make my word search puzzle in Adobe Photoshop and also directly in Cricut Design Space. Neither worked. I couldn't figure out how to align the letters.

Materials

  • google-sheets

Tools

  • computer

Instructions

  1. Open a new sheet. In this example, I am using 14 columns and 13 rows. But you can use as many as you want. Opening a new google sheet. In this example, I am using 14 columns and 13 rows.
  2. You can also delete the extra rows and columns for a cleaner work area. google sheet with row 13 selected
  3. Highlight the number of rows you plan on using. And right-click to open the drop-down menu. google sheet for diy word search with all rows and columns selected
  4. Click on resize columns, the letters next to it will show the columns that you have highlighted. showing the drop down in google sheets to resize columns for diy word search
  5. I like to make it square, so I choose 25 here and then click ok. google sheet showing how to make a word search by resizing columns
  6. Next highlight the rows to plan to use in your wordsearch. And then right-click to see the dropdown. how to make a word search
  7. Now resize the rows. how to make a word search
  8. You are going to type 25 again and click ok again. how to make a word search
  9. Now you have a larger square with a bunch of smaller squares to work with. how to make a word search
  10. The first thing you are going to do is type all of the names into your word search. how to make a word search
  11. Highlight the whole thing and center all of your text. As you can see I used whatever the default font is, but you can use any font you like. diy word search
  12. Fill in the remaining boxes with random letters until it is completely full. diy word search
  13. Finally, you can either screenshot the file, or what I did was save it as a PDF and opened it in Adobe Illustrator, and converted it to an SVG file to use with my Cricut.diy word search

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