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Crafts Using Jigsaw Puzzles

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.

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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!

By Cynthia from Ava, IL

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September 21, 2005

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.

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April 18, 2012

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.

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There were two toys that kept being ignored for the last year or so, and I finally put them together.

Jigsaw Puzzle Art

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August 10, 2010

What can I make with jigsaw puzzle pieces?

By Sue Kulp

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August 11, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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August 11, 20100 found this helpful

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. Copper with a little light green brushed over it makes it look like an antique.

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August 11, 20100 found this helpful

www.thriftyfun.com/tf82922557.tip.html
This one is tooooo much fun!!

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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

You can make pins to wear, picture frames, use them to decorate cards. Just let your mind wonder on all the ideas!

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April 11, 2012

How do I turn a jigsaw puzzle into a placemat that water rings will not harm?

By G.F.R.

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April 12, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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April 14, 20120 found this helpful

Try getting it laminated.

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April 23, 20121 found this helpful

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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February 27, 2020

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.

painted puzzle piece photo frame with a young boy's photo inside

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February 21, 2020

Use the pieces from an old puzzle, especially one already missing a few, to create a cute pin. They can be painted, sprinkled with glitter, or wrapped with fancy string or cord. Learn how to make puzzle piece pins.

Different colored puzzle piece pins.

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August 10, 2010

Does anyone have any idea what to do with puzzle pieces, other than a wreath?

Uses for Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

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