Creating word searches by hand, whilst possible, takes a lot of time. Also, once you've hidden all the words yourself, you'll probably remember where they are when it comes time to find them again. This is where the internet can help! If you search the internet you can find a number of useful resources which let you enter a list of words to create your own, personal game. I particularly like Word Search Party because it will spell check your words as you enter them, which helps catch those typos before you start hunting for the words! You are able to set the difficulty level to something you (or your intended audience) is happy with, and create a wonderful, personalized word search puzzle.
You can create word search yourself using nothing more than a pen and paper, but it can take you a long time! If you want to make some of these puzzles, the best answer is to use the computer _ with the right software, it's a piece of cake: type a list of words and a puzzle can be generated automatically for you in a few seconds. As well as varying your word list, using software will also allow you to experiment with placing words in different orientations. and create different size and shap puzzles.