Jigsaw Frame

Teri Clark
Category Decorative

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!



  • thin cardboard
  • puzzle pieces
  • photo
  • paint
  • magnet strip
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • paintbrush


  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.

About The Author: Teri Clark's interest in the new and different has led to a successful online writing career collaborating on nearly 100 books and hundreds of articles as an editor, researcher, ghostwriter and author. The North Carolina resident, along with her husband, homeschools their four children.

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By Fran (Guest Post)
July 11, 20050 found this helpful

Great idea Teri..............Thanks for sharing.......Fran

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful

THAT is just DARLING!!! I love it!!

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