Reusing the Cardboard Backs from Children's Puzzles

Does anyone have a use for the heavy cardboard backs from kid's puzzles? Our dog chewed up a bunch of pieces from my son's puzzles, but it seems like there could be another use for the backs of them. Any ideas?


By Liz from Charleston, SC

December 24, 20090 found this helpful

Maybe your son could draw or color a page out of a coloring book and you could make a new puzzle using the back of the old one. Some are brightly colored; maybe a type of frame your his artwork.

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January 4, 20100 found this helpful

If you got some peel and stick cork and cut to fit, you could make a small bulletin board. I would even try painting the center with blackboard paint(a couple of coats, letting dry in in between) to make a slate size chalkboard.

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April 15, 20110 found this helpful

They can be glued onto a cheap frame or made into a frame and then spray painted. Make great Christmas decorations with child's photo inside. Use several layers to add depth.

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July 17, 20140 found this helpful

You could also, take another piece of cardboard, around the same size, or even a little larger, as long as the second piece "over-lapses" the puzzle frame. Then, have an adult cut the edges, of this second piece, with something like a "Stanley or razor knife", so it fits snugly into the puzzle frame. Invite your child and/or grandchild to draw an original picture. When the young artist has finished his/her masterpiece, glue the finished work onto the newly carved cardboard. After the glue has set, (may be best to let dry overnight), cut the picture into any size and shape pieces, you like, and viola! You now have a new, one-of-kind, hand-crafted puzzle.

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