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Special Effects: Glitter glue little dots, hearts, or stars on the front.
By Sandra from Salem, OR
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.
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The pins I submit are best worn where they are not exposed to the elements. N-JOY!
By Sandi from Yorktown, VA
My girls love to do jigsaw puzzles and hate to break them apart after doing them. What to do with all those puzzles?
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.
Buy an old puzzle from a garage sale or from the dollar store and find two pieces that you like. Punch a small hole on one side of the puzzle piece and insert a jump ring.
There were two toys that kept being ignored for the last year or so, and I finally put them together.
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What can I make with jigsaw puzzle pieces?
By Sue Kulp
I saw a pin wreath made from puzzle pieces. They painted them white, glued them in a circle, added a pin on the back and a bow on the front. Have fun.
Glue them onto a picture or mirror frame and paint all one color. When dry, lightly brush a second color over the first to bring out the shapes.
This one is tooooo much fun!!
You can make pins to wear, picture frames, use them to decorate cards. Just let your mind wonder on all the ideas!
How do I turn a jigsaw puzzle into a placemat that water rings will not harm?
If you can buy clear contact paper (brand name of shelf/drawer liner with adhesive), you can cut a piece about 1" bigger all around than the finished puzzle, take the backing off the contact paper, and put the puzzle together on the adhesive side. Then cover the puzzle with another piece of similar size adhesive side down. Press together firmly, sealing the edges well. One water resistant placemat.
Try getting it laminated.
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.
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Don't throw away that jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing. Paint a few pieces, stamp or write a letter on each one and use them to make a title on a scrapbook page. Then use the corner pieces on the corners of your photos. (Cover the backs with acid free paint or paper if you are unable to determine if the puzzle is acid free.)
By Kate Larson
Spray paint them and turn them into earrings, bracelets and necklaces with a few jewelry findings. Glitter might add to them.
Glue jigsaw puzzle pieces around a wooden picture frame for a unique look! You can paint them or leave them "as is" for an abstract look. This is a great way to use puzzles that have a few missing pieces, instead of discarding. It's also an unusual way to cover up defects, nicks and scratches in frames.
By Becki in Indiana
When my eldest son was in the first grade, he came home with a photo of his teacher, him and myself and it was in a frame of painted puzzle pieces. We have a bag in our craft box of pieces just for when we need them. We will be making bookmarks soon and I'll bring those out for them to glue on their bookmarks if they so choose!
Use puzzle pieces to make pins. Just spray paint and let the children decorate. Then glue a pin on the pack.
Put the puzzle together on top of newspaper. Spray paint in a nice Christmas color. Now draw a circle about 6" in diameter on paper, and cover it with wax paper. Make a round of painted puzzle pieces, then glue a second round on top of them, indenting slightly. Paint on details like holly leaves and berries, write "Merry Christmas" on a banner that you glue across it, and hot glue a string or ribbon hanger. We made some with the year on them and our friends really loved those!
By Coreen Hart
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You can also glue them together to make into snowflakes for hanging in windows or as tree or package decorations. Glue together into the shape you want, then paint them white or silver, sprinkle them with silver or white glitter while still wet . Hang when dry! (06/29/2007)
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Deb from Chippewa Falls, WI
I saw a show on HGTV (perhaps on "Look What I Did") where they used jigsaw puzzle pieces for a wall covering in a powder room. It looked pretty cool. Depending on how many you have, it could be used as an accent wall. (08/23/2008)
They are really cute if you buy picture frames that are plain, and decorate them with the puzzles. (08/24/2008)
I have made really neat pins out of them, but I can't find them right now to photograph. You put shiny fabric on the piece (and the larger, kid's pieces are better), and glue the darted (you know you cut out excess) pieces to the back with hot glue. Then, you take spangly crochet thread and start at the back, and wrap it around in different directions between the lower pieces of the puzzle, drawing it in slightly. Hot glue the end, then using E6000 glue, you glue on a pin back. Watch for my submission of this with a photo in the next week or so under crafts from Poor But Proud. (08/25/2008)
If you pick out the brightly colored ones and coat them with a high-gloss sealant then drill a hole at the top, they'd make wonderful and unusual earrings. You can also drill 2 or 4 holes (1 or 2 at each side) and use beads in between the pieces to make a bracelet or even a funky necklace. If you really want them to have pop, try coating them with a marbleizing compound or melted embossing powder. Or decoupage tiny pictures or flowers from napkins on the pieces before coating with the sealant.
I bet if you really coated them well, then used snap off backs, they would make cute buttons for kids clothing, too. Or even glue some to hat bands for funky hats. How about putting several together to make a 4 inch sort of round thing, then coating these with sealer to make coasters. They would have jagged edges, but that's the neat thing about these abstract coasters. You could do a whole bathroom with them: Just glue them to the waste basket, Kleenex holder and around the mirror then seal with many coats of glossy sealant. What a conversation starter! (08/27/2008)
I have seen them put around a picture frame or inside a picture frame. Once someone put them on an old coffee table that was stained up pretty badly and arranged them, glued them a bit, and put a piece of glass over them. Good luck! (08/27/2008)
By Dorene from IL
I have a Christmas pin that is made out of puzzles pieces. It is a reindeer, make in shape of deer head, use the little craft eyes and put pipe cleaners for antlers and a tiny red chenille ball for the nose. Oh, yes before you start spray paint the pieces brown. (08/27/2008)
I have used the old puzzles to make new puzzles. By gluing a picture of the kids on it or a picture the kids have colored. With an X-acto knife I cut around the pieces. I mail them to the kids and they have to put them together to see what they are. I've even written notes on them. They have to put them together to find out the message, too. (08/27/2008)
By Cariboo Lady
Paint to match outfits and hot glue an earring post on back. Gluing 2 or 3 pieces together looks fancy, too. You can also make a brooch with 6 pieces. Adding glitter on top of the paint looks fancy, too. (08/28/2008)