Making Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles

These 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


  1. To make Frankenstein, set the green craft sticks side by side. Tape them together so they don't move apart.
  2. Flip over and paint his hair on the top, in zig-zag fashion.
  3. Give him a heavy brow by drawing a black horizontal line on his forehead, the ends curving upward. Let dry.
  4. Paint 2 white half circles right under the brow to make his eyes. Let dry.
  5. Now use black paint to draw on pupils and a crooked smile.
  6. Paint red stitches on his forehead.
  7. To make the Jack-o-lantern, tape the orange craft sticks side-by-side.
  8. Flip over and paint on 2 triangles and a smile.
  9. Add details to the smile. I did a cut-out look by painting rectangles below and above the smile, alternately. Let dry.
  10. Dot on some yellow paint on the black bits so it looks like it's illuminated by flame.
  11. Take a photo of the finished puzzles when dry. Flip over and carefully remove the tape pieces from the back.
  12. Mix the pieces up so they are ready to assemble!
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