Mini Photo Block Puzzle

In her new book, Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy, Oh Joy! blogger Joy Cho offers an inventive way to share a favorite photo, image, or message with a friend (including members of your bridal party!). Turn it into a puzzle comprised of blocks, which can be sent in the mail for an interactive surprise.

Photography by: Casey Brodley


  • A photo that will look good in a square format
  • Nine 1-inch wooden blocks
  • Clear gesso
  • Mailing tube


  1. Print the photo so that you have a 3 x 3-inch image area. Cut the photo into nine 1-inch square pieces.
  2. Brush gesso on one side of a block, then brush gesso on the back of one photo section and set it in place on the block. Repeat with the other eight blocks.
  3. Let set for 24 hours.
  4. Place the blocks in a cardboard mailer and send them to someone who will be delighted!
Photography by: Casey Brodley


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About the Author

Joy Cho

Joy Cho is the founder and creative director of Oh Joy!—which includes various licensed product lines (including Target and the Land of Nod), how-to lifestyle videos, and a daily blog with a focus on design, fashion, food, and the joyful moments of everyday life. She is the author of two other books and has consulted for hundreds of creative businesses around the world. Joy lives in...


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