Making Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles

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October 15, 2019

Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - two craft stick puzzlesThese Halloween-inspired puzzles are so easy to make, and so fun to play with. You just need craft sticks and paint. I like to take a photo of the finished product to use as a key for whomever is playing with the puzzles.


Happy Halloween!

Total Time: 45 minutes plus dry time

Yield: 2 puzzles


  • 6 large green craft sticks
  • 7 large orange craft sticks
  • tape
  • acrylic paints (black, white, red, yellow)
  • paintbrushes
Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - supplies


  1. To make Frankenstein, set the green craft sticks side by side. Tape them together so they don't move apart.
  2. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - tape green craft sticks together
  3. Flip over and paint his hair on the top, in zig-zag fashion.
  4. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - paint hair in zig zag fashion
  5. Give him a heavy brow by drawing a black horizontal line on his forehead, the ends curving upward. Let dry.
  6. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - paint on a heavy brow line, allow to dry

  7. Paint 2 white half circles right under the brow to make his eyes. Let dry.
  8. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - two white half circles below the brow for eyes, allow to dry
  9. Now use black paint to draw on pupils and a crooked smile.
  10. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - with black paint add pupils to eyes and a crooked smile
  11. Paint red stitches on his forehead.
  12. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - paint red stitches on his forehead
  13. To make the Jack-o-lantern, tape the orange craft sticks side-by-side.
  14. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - tape orange sticks together

  15. Flip over and paint on 2 triangles and a smile.
  16. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - paint two black triangles for eyes and a smile
  17. Add details to the smile. I did a cut-out look by painting rectangles below and above the smile, alternately. Let dry.
  18. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - add detail to the smile
  19. Dot on some yellow paint on the black bits so it looks like it's illuminated by flame.
  20. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - once dry, dot some yellow on the black areas to make it look illuminated
  21. Take a photo of the finished puzzles when dry. Flip over and carefully remove the tape pieces from the back.
  22. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - take a photo of the finished puzzles and then flip over and remove the tape

  23. Mix the pieces up so they are ready to assemble!
  24. Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - mix up the pieces and you are ready to assemble
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