Making a Jigsaw Puzzle Piece Frame

Category Decorative
A common recycled craft for children and adults alike is making photo frames decorated with puzzle pieces. This is an excellent use for puzzles missing some of their pieces. Learn how to get started here.


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Teri Clark
July 11, 2005

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!



  1. Cut out 2 5x7 rectangles from the thin, smooth cardboard.

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. Paint the entire frame a solid color.

  5. Optional Step: Paint the puzzle pieces different colors. You can choose to keep the puzzle pieces their original color if you like.

  6. Glue the puzzle pieces to the cardboard frame.

  7. Place a photo into the frame.

  8. 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.

Additional Ideas:

Add glitter or other embellishments to the frame. You might also consider doing the same frame by using buttons instead of puzzle pieces.

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This is a magnetic photo frame my son made for me years ago at school for Mother's Day. They cut out a frame from a piece of cardboard, glued puzzle pieces to it, spray painted the whole thing, and applied some glitter before it dried.


Then they taped a photo to the back and glued on some magnets. I absolutely love this photo and frame!

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