Buy an old puzzle from a garage sale or from the dollar store (you can get them cheap there) and find two pieces that you like. Punch a small hole on one side of the puzzle piece and insert a jump ring. Repeat with other puzzle piece. Put each on a chain necklace and give one puzzle piece to your BFF.
You can put protective plastic on the puzzle pieces if you want to help them last longer and you can paint them and add derorations if you want. If you want you can make more than 2 necklaces from a puzzle if you have a group of good friends.
Jigsaw puzzles are a lot of fun, but in a house with children, they are not likely to last very long. Before you know it, several pieces are lost. Don't throw away that old puzzle - use it to create a wonderful frame!
Cut out 2 5x7 rectangles from the thin, smooth cardboard.
Cut out a 4x6 rectangle in the middle of one of the 5x7 rectangles. This piece will be the front of your frame. The solid rectangle is the back of your frame
Glue the front of the frame to the back of the frame on three sides. Do not glue the fourth side or you will not be able to get a photo in the frame!
Paint the entire frame a solid color.
Optional Step: Paint the puzzle pieces different colors. You can choose to keep the puzzle pieces their original color if you like.
Glue the puzzle pieces to the cardboard frame.
Place a photo into the frame.
Glue a magnet strip on the back of the frame for hanging.
Do this for Valentine's Day using pink, red, and purple. You can also create a Christmas theme using green and red. Or make one like the photo to make a "bubble" frame using clear stones and white puzzle pieces.
Add glitter or other embellishments to the frame. You might also consider doing the same frame by using buttons instead of puzzle pieces.
There were two toys that kept being ignored for the last year or so, and I finally put them together.
One was a jigsaw puzzle, a very small one, about the size of your hand, and the other toy was an old ring from childhood, that had lost it shine but that I still liked.
I taped the back of the puzzle with duct tape and then put the ring up at the top, and put a long line of duct tape through the ring part, up and down and then taped that piece with an other piece of duct tape going the opposite way. I like how it turned out.
My girls love to do jigsaw puzzles and hate to break them apart after doing them. What to do with all those puzzles? I decided to cover the puzzle with clear contact paper. I can then use it as a beautiful placemat, furniture protector under plants, dog dishes mat, and I'm sure there are other uses I will find later! Very simple to do. After completing puzzle, simply measure the contact paper, adding 1 inch on all sides. Take off paper backing and cover finished puzzle. Carefully bend the 1 inch excess to the back of the puzzle. Then turn the puzzle over, cut a piece to fit and attach contact paper. Washable and beautiful. Hint: I found out with my dog mat that I needed to put an extra 2 inch strip around the edges to provide a better seal for waterproofing!
Strapped for cash, but wanting to hang pictures on your walls? Buy attractive puzzles at your local dollar store or thrift store. Put together & decoupage them. Attach a wall hanger or place in a picture frame. Also, look for pretty pictures in magazines & books, frame them as well.
With a little work, you can make a unique pin that looks like a mini puzzle.
Approximate Time: 1 hour to 1.5 hours
four puzzle pieces already together
"scribblers" iridescent gold (or your choice) paint
hot glue gun
scrap thin cardboard
white glue and foam brush
Choose your fabric, and put a thin layer of glue on it making sure it covers more than the size of the pin. Let dry.
Put the four pieces of puzzle together. I used the 25 piece ones you get four for 1.00 at the Dollar Tree, to keep the time it took me to find the pieces that fit to a minimum.
Make a cardboard trace of the whole four pieces and then take each one apart, place it on the board and trace around it.
This gives you the guide to make the inner lines right.
When your fabric is stiff, trace around the cardboard onto the fabric, and cut around the outside. Make sure you draw on the fabric the inner lines, as they will be important as well.
Use that same cardboard template to cut an identical one in the felt, but when you cut the felt, cut it just a "smidgen" larger so your front fabric can have some wiggle room with the paint.
Glue the fabric to the felt, and press down with something flat to let dry.
Once they are done, use your paint to trace around the inner lines and the edging. This little bit of leeway on the felt will give you room to cover the edges of the fabric and have something to paint onto.
I used gold so as to match the fabric. You can use any colors you want, even black.
Once the paint is dry, hot glue on the pin back.
The pins I submit are best worn where they are not exposed to the elements. N-JOY!
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Here are questions related to Crafts Using Jigsaw Puzzles.
I was going to suggest clear contact paper too but I think it would be difficult to place the puzzle together on it because of the stickiness and how would you know how to place it on the sticky paper 'just so' while building?
I suggest using the paper after the puzzle is together. Slide back just one edge of the paper protecting the tacky side and slowly 'press and smooth' sticky side onto one edge of the puzzle then slowly peel back more of the protective paper and continue pressing and smoothing until the top part of the puzzle is covered. Carefully turn puzzle over and do the same on the back side.
Do indeed leave at least a one or two inch overlap of contact paper on all edges so that once front and back sides are covered you can press well right along the edge of the puzzle (the smooth side of a butter knife blade works well to do this just do it gently) and then you can cut the overlap edges off.