You’re sure to like this upcycling project that is budget and earth-friendly, that you kids will enjoy!
Today, I am going to share with you a few things my younger kids and I recently made from a puzzle that was missing pieces. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you can make these hearts display or give them as gifts!
You could cut out any shape star for the 4th of July or Christmas, a cross, or an egg for Easter for other ideas. Using just a basic shape to create your own work of art is another option.
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What can you make with old (mix-matched) puzzle pieces?
You can choose the size of your heart (or any other shape) & make some of the following.
- Small hearts are great for bowl fillers, make a garland, shelf sitter, door, or wall hanging.
- You can make a frame style heart to add a photo, a handmade picture, or even a handwritten note
- Add wood to the back of your heart frame and cover it with chalkboard paint to make a message board.
- Use other puzzle pieces, fabric, burlap, or wood to fill in the center and make a solid heart
- Add embellishments to incorporate the theme you want – (buttons, beads, shells, polymer clay pieces, lace, ribbon)
- You can cut out two shapes & interlock them by cutting a slit on one side prior to gluing on the puzzle pieces
Materials Needed for this Puzzle Craft
- Cardboard to make the frame or piece of wood
- Puzzle pieces
- Any type of embellishments you’d like (buttons, beads, lace, ribbon)
- Paint (chalk paint, spray paint, or acrylic)
- Jute string or ribbon to hang your heart
Tools for this Puzzle Craft for KIDS!
- Elmer’s glue or glue gun
- Hole punch
Time to Make your Puzzle Craft
- Cut your desired shape out of cardboard
- Punch a hole where you want to hang your piece from
- Paint your cardboard backing (frame)
- Decide what paint you want to use & if you want to glue the pieces prior to painting or after
- Start gluing and positioning your pieces where you want them OR paint the
- If you decide to brush paint vs spray paint it is best to paint your frame and pieces prior to gluing them all together
- Punch the hole for hanging prior to gluing your pieces on
MORE VALENTINE’S DAY FUN!
This project is even fun for grown-ups! My Mom loves anything “Coastal & Beachy”. While the KIDS were making their puzzle hearts, I made this for my Mom.
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Kim & the tween team