Crossword Puzzle Creation Tools
Crossword puzzles are fun ways to improve your vocabulary, and creating your own is fun, too. Moreover, sometimes making your own puzzles may just be a necessity, for example, if you are a teacher and want to test your student’s vocabulary with a custom crossword puzzle! This article discusses some tools that let you make your own printable crossword puzzle with ease and even without any designing skill.
Crossword Puzzle Maker
Crossword Puzzle Maker is an online tool that creates crossword puzzles based on words and clues specified by the user. It is a very simple tool that also allows you to configure various aspects of the crossword puzzle, like color and size of the squares. Once a crossword puzzle is created, you can print it by generating a printable HTML or PDF file.
EclipseCrossword is a freeware desktop application for Microsoft Windows for creating crossword puzzles. With more than 3 million downloads, it is one of the most popular crossword puzzle making tools.
Creating a crossword puzzle with EclipseCrossword is pretty simple. EclipseCrossword has a wizard interface that guides the user through each step of the process. At each step, the interface provides the user with relevant choices like starting a new crossword or opening a previously saved one, creating a word list from scratch or using an existing one, etc.
Creating the word list for your puzzle is a simple task. You just have to enter the word and the clue for it and click on "Add word to list". Once you have enough words in your word list click on "Next" and in this step you can customize your puzzle by giving it a name, copyright information, and so forth. Once you have finished all the steps, EclipseCrossword will generate the puzzle and also provide you with an option to print it.