Did you know that you can make a custom puzzle with sublimation? Well, you can, and in this blog post, I am sharing step-by-step instructions for how to sublimate a puzzle!
If you’re an avid puzzle lover, this is a great way to make unique puzzles. You can use your own designs, artwork, or photographs giving you so many different options and things you can do!
Custom puzzles like this also make a great gift for family and friends. You could take a couple of photos of your kids, turn them into a puzzle, and you’ve got a great present for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and so on. You can also do this with your wedding photos, holiday photos, and so much more!
If you own a crafting business, you can also sell them to
your customers. Again, you can use your own designs and photographs, but a great seller will be puzzles that your customers can customize. For example, they could send you their own photos, or you could create a customizable design with quotes, names, etc. Customizable products always do well on platforms such as Etsy!
What Materials Do You Need To Make A Sublimation Puzzle?
- Sublimation Puzzle Blanks (Blank Puzzle)
- PYD Lyfe Sublimation Paper
What Tools Do You Need To Make A Sublimation Puzzle?
- Epson ET 8550 Sublimation Printer
- Heat Tape
- Heat Gloves
- HTVRont Auto Heat Press.
How To Sublimate A Puzzle
Once you have all the materials and tools that you need, it’s time to learn how to sublimate a puzzle.
Stary by preparing the design size so that it will fit the puzzle.
Next, you need to load your sublimation paper into the printer. I used the PYD Lyfe sublimation paper for this project.
Remove the blank puzzle from the cellophane wrap, leaving the cardboard on the puzzle. This will keep the puzzle from coming apart during the process.
Once your design is printed, cut around the print.
Place the print face down on your puzzle.
Carefully flip the whole thing over and use some tape to secure the print to the back of the puzzle. (Only put the tape onto the cardboard on the back.)
Move it to your heat press and flip it back so that the print is on the top.
Press at 350 for 30 seconds with medium pressure.
Using heat gloves, remove the paper from the puzzle.
And that’s how to sublimate a puzzle!
If you notice ghosting, try to use more pressure on your next puzzle.
Other Puzzle Crafts You Should Make!
Whether you love making these puzzles for yourself, your crafting business, or for family and friends, there are even more puzzle projects that you should try making.
Firstly, there is this DIY name puzzle that you can make with a Cricut machine. These are great for a kid’s bedroom, nursery, and home decor.
There is also this heart-shaped DIY puzzle that is super cute and would make the perfect gift for Valentine’s day, an anniversary, or even a birthday.