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DIY Puzzle Mat

DIY Puzzle Mat

Do you like building puzzles but don’t have space where you can build them?

A puzzle mat is the perfect solution!

It can be laid out on the floor or dining room table, then when you’re done working on it for the day, it can be rolled up and put away for later.

The only problem with the Puzzle Mats (<<affiliate link) you purchase, is that you are limited in the size of puzzle you can build on them.

This is what my husband, Dave ran into when he rediscovered his love of building jigsaw puzzles. The roll-up puzzle mat we bought worked great except for puzzles that were too big to fit on the piece of felt provided.

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Our solution was to make a larger mat that would fit almost any puzzle Dave chose to work on.

Want to make one for yourself?

Here’s what you’ll need to make a Puzzle Mat:

Green felt (It comes in 72” width. I used felt leftover from another project.)

Tape measure


Rotary cutter & Cutting Mat or scissors

To Make the Puzzle Mat:

Square up one end of the felt.

Measure and mark 36 inches from the squared off end at several places along the felt.

DIY Puzzle Mat - Measure 36 from squared off edge

DIY Puzzle Mat - Mark at intervals

The final step was to line up the ruler along those marks and cut.

DIY Puzzle Mat - Cut along marked lines

It’s that simple, the puzzle mat was done.

Don’t have felt on hand like I did? Then making a puzzle mat is even simpler. Simply buy a yard of felt at a fabric store and you’re good to go!

You may have to do some hunting to find a cardboard tube to wrap the puzzle and puzzle mat around.

We got ours from a neighbor who was putting in new flooring. It had come wrapped around a large 4″ X 8′ heavy duty tube.

8′ was definitely way too long.

DIY Puzzle Mat - 4 inch 8 ft cardboard tube

So Dave cut it down to 38 inches using a hacksaw.

DIY Puzzle Mat - Cardboard tube cut to size

Here he’s got a puzzle all spread out on the mat…

DIY Puzzle Mat - Puzzle Mat in Use

And now the puzzle is rolled up and ready to put away until next time he wants to work on it.

DIY Puzzle Mat - Puzzle Mat rolled around cardboard tube for storage

This project was zero out of pocket for us as we already had the felt and the cardboard tube was free.

But even if you need to purchase fabric, it runs around $5.99/yd. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores regularly offer 40% coupons that you could use to buy the yard of fabric needed for this project.

For the cardboard tube, ask at your local flooring store to see if they have an extra cardboard roll they’d like to get rid of.

One of these puzzle mats would make a great inexpensive gift for the puzzle lover in your circle of family and friends.

Make one for yourself and several more for gifts!


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DIY Puzzle Mat





  • Jax
    September 26, 2011 12:47 am

    Thank you soooooo much for sharing your DIY puzzle roller project. You inspired me to make one of my own. My puzzle is now safely tucked away and I can start using my dining table again. Then when “puzzle fever” strikes I can start where my boyfriend and I left off.

  • veganboyjosh
    July 16, 2012 11:04 pm

    i was looking at buying one of these from Amazon, but found this post, and am definitely going to make my own now. the carpet tube is a great idea.

    one addition i might make is to sew on some velcro straps on the non-tube end of the mat, so that once it’s rolled up, you can strap it together so that it doesn’t unroll if it falls over or a curious 3 year old gets his hands on it.

    thanks for the idea!

  • Monica
    October 10, 2016 1:13 am

    I’m searching for an answer to using a different fabric for the mat…. For those if us who may NOT have felt and don’t want to buy any felt. Stuck at home during storm in desperate need of making a dyi puzzle storage mat so we can start it puzzle right now!!!-
    Anyone try using a cheap yoga mat??

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 13, 2016 12:49 pm

      Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, Monica. It’s been super crazy busy and I’m just now getting a chance to reply to comments this week.

      I did send you an email but thought I’d reply here too in case anyone else has the same question.

      I don’t see why a yoga mat wouldn’t work just fine for a puzzle mat. It might not work for really large puzzles, but would work fine for any that fit within the width of the mat.

    October 10, 2017 8:12 pm

    Is the puzzle still together when unrolled? All the diy I’m reading no one shows the puzzle after it been unrolled.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 11, 2017 5:08 pm

      Hello Lynette,

      There may be a few pieces that have come partly dislodged but the parts of the puzzle that have been put together will be intact.

      But you have brought up one thing I hadn’t thought to take a photo of. Thank you!

      I’ve been planning to redo this post with more detailed photos, so next time hubby is working on a puzzle, we’ll do that and make sure to add photos of him unrolling it. 🙂

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