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10 DIY Puzzle Box Plans You Can Build Today

Last Updated on August 5, 2020

Puzzle Box Plans

Puzzle boxes are neat little devices that have been in use for hundreds of years. They’re fun to play with and equally fun to build. A good puzzle box will allow you to hide something inside so that only someone who knows the secret of how to open the box will be able to get into it.

Since they’ve been around for so long, puzzle boxes have had plenty of time to develop many different versions. You can find loads of these fun little boxes to build, and after searching all over the internet, we’ve gathered ten that we think are all worth putting a little time into building!

1. Simple to Make but Hard to Solve Puzzle Box by DIY & Crafts

1. Simple to Make but Hard to Solve Puzzle Box by DIY & Crafts

This Simple to Make but Hard to Solve Puzzle Box by DIY & Crafts is a small box that’s just big enough to stash some unfolded bills into. It’s a string puzzle, and it’s a bit tricky. Luckily, the video walks you through all of the steps to build this from start to finish. If you follow along, you’ll have an awesome little puzzle box of your own in no time. This one is pretty simple, so definitely beginner-friendly.

Difficulty Level: Easy


2. How to Build a Puzzle Box by WikiHow

2. How to Build a Puzzle Box by WikiHow

What’s great about this project from WikiHow is that they walk you step by step through every part of the process to show you How to Build a Puzzle Box. There are quite a few steps, but none of it is too difficult. There will be some drying time to account for though since you’ll be using wood glue in this project.

The end result is a nice looking project that makes a very tricky puzzle unless you know how it operates. You can even stain the wood and give it a finished look to make it really stand out.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


3. diResta: Puzzle Box by Make:

Puzzle boxes can be pretty difficult to make and there are tons of different ways to make them. Luckily, this diResta: Puzzle Box by Make: is a very thorough video that will walk you every step of the process to build a puzzle box.

To complete this project, you’re going to need several power tools, such as a table saw and miter saw. You’ll also need a few hours over two days since there’s going to be some drying time for the wood glue. In the end, you’ll have a unique puzzle box that’s about the size of your palm.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


4. DIY Puzzle Box by Tuan Djeems

Tuan Djeems shows you how to make this simple but tricky DIY Puzzle Box that you can put together in an afternoon. It’s very simple, and since it ‘s made out of paint stirring sticks, you can build it for basically no cost! Who doesn’t love free projects?

You will need to account for some drying time for the glue before you use the box. Altogether, this is one of the cheapest and simplest to build puzzle boxes we’ve seen, so it’s a great fit for your first puzzle box build.

Difficulty Level: Easy


5. Wooden Puzzle Box Plan by Craftsmanspace

5. Wooden Puzzle Box Plan by Craftsmanspace

Craftsmanspace offers you a free PDF breakdown of this Wooden Puzzle Box Plan. It’s definitely on the complicated side of things and not a project to be attempted by first timers. You’re going to need dowels, springs, dovetailed sliders, and many other intricate pieces. For this reason, this project is best tackled by very experienced DIYers who have plenty of tools on hand and have probably built a puzzle box or two before.

Difficulty Level: Advanced


6. Dragon Puzzle Box by DIY Puzzles

6. Dragon Puzzle Box by DIY Puzzles

The Dragon Puzzle Box by DIY Puzzles is a chinese-styled puzzle box that’s very ornate looking and has a lot of intricate pieces. It’s not a simple build, and you should expect to spend quite a bit of time figuring it out. Still, it’s a great challenge for those who love intricate and difficult puzzle box projects.

Difficulty Level: Advanced


7. Nail Puzzle Box by Instructables

7. Nail Puzzle Box by Instructables

The Nail Puzzle Box from Instructables looks very simple at first glance. It’s got a sliding nail mechanism inside that’s not easy to figure out if you’ve never seen it work. You can easily keep people entertained while they try in vain to figure out how to open this box that doesn’t appear to be latched shut in any way. Despite how hard it is to open, it’s not very difficult to build and intermediate-level DIYers should have no problem putting this together.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


8. Cupinix by DIY Puzzles

DIY Puzzles makes a lot of awesome puzzle box plans, and the Cupinix is one of the most looking. This puzzle resembles a wooden Rubix cube with no faces and no discerning markings to tell one interlocking cube from another. The entire cube is comprised of 13 separate sections that the user must figure out how to get apart. As aggravating as it must be to attempt to decipher this puzzle box, it’s going to be just as difficult to figure out how to build!

Difficulty Level: Advanced


9. Coin Box Puzzle by Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement

This interesting little Coin Box Puzzle by Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement is small and simple, made from six pieces of solid wood. You insert some money inside and let people try to open the box and get it. They won’t be able to, of course, because only you know the secret to how it opens. Once you open it, they’ll all be astounded that it can be done.


10. Ball Puzzle Box Plan by Craftsmanspace

Craftsmanspace brings us one more puzzle box plan, this time it’s for a Ball Puzzle Box. On the surface, it seems like a simple box. But when you try to open it, you’ll quickly realize that it’s hiding some secrets.

Inside the puzzle box, a ball prevents movement of the top pieces unless you know how to move it out of the way. It’s a difficult puzzle to solve and not nearly as hard to build. Intermediate-level DIYers will have a fun time tackling this challenging project and then fooling all their friends with it!

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


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About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!