Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
For unique and useful ways to use left over puzzles that no longer have all their pieces, check the information in this article.
All projects include a nice photo and a tutorial for the craft as well as the site name and address, so you can click and be taken directly to the craft.
To make the Love You to Pieces Frame shown above, go to Kids & Glitter.
1. Inspired Magnets
I love these magnets, they would look great on a refrigerator door holding family notes. The directions for this project can be found at Inspiring Creations.
2. Refrigerator Magnet Puzzle
When you are busy in the kitchen and haven't time to keep checking on the little one, this refrigerator puzzle will be a time saver. Find out how to make this magnetic puzzle for the kids by going to Serenity Now for the tutorial. You'll love this one!
3. Fabulous Fall Wreath
Painting the puzzle pieces in beautiful fall colors makes this a door wreath great for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The tutorial for making this fall wreath is found at It All Started With Paint. This wreath can be made for other holidays or seasons by painting the puzzle pieces in appropriate colors. So many possibilities!
4. Wall Art
Be sure to visit The Everyday Momma site to see how this is a very unique and personal way to make wall art for a child's room. You'll also find the instructions for making the wall art on that site. Let the little one do the background painting and finish with a wooden plaque.
5. Christmas Gift Tags
Make your own gift tags with puzzle pieces and chalkboard paint, and the tutorial that you'll find at Domestically Blissful. While you're making these gift tags for your own use, consider making more of them to package and give as gifts for bridal showers or house warming gifts.
6. Friends Forever Necklaces
If you have a group of friends that you'd like to make a special gift for, consider making puzzle piece friends forever necklaces. Find the tutorial at Grosgrain Fabulous and see how easy they are to make. This would make a great activity for a girls party or a troup group. Add a stick-on rhinestone or paint on initials.
7. Valentine Heart Wreath
Make your sweetheart a Valentine heart wreath using old puzzle pieces. Add glitter and bling to really make it shine.
8. Easter Egg Hunt Game
This is an interesting way to use old puzzle pieces. Make an Easter egg hunt game from them.
9. Reindeer Pins
Make a beautiful reindeer pin using puzzle pieces. You'll find all the instructions for this reindeer craft at My Homebased Life. This little fellow is sooo cute.
10. Wreath Ornament
The buttons are really a great addition to this little wreath ornament. See how this wreath is made by going to the Live, Learn, Love, Eat site. Imagine a Christmas tree filled with puzzle piece wreath ornaments.
11. Heart Plaque
This is a perfect Valentine day project for little kids because it's inexpensive to make and simple enough for the kids to do with a minimum or help. Find the instructions for making this puzzle piece heart plaque at 123 My Toddler and Me .
12. Pumpkin Decoration
A great way to use puzzle pieces in your Halloween decorations. You'll find the directions for this project at Bargain Briana.
13. Inspirational Picture
Any mother, (or dad, grandma, etc.) would love a personal gift like this. Find the tutorial at Daily DIY Life.
14. Make a Mother's Day Brooch
15. Puzzle Piece Necklace
Help the kids make necklaces for their friends, grandma, mom or themselves. You'll find the directions for this project at Cut Out and Keep.
16. Pilgrim Wreath
Here is a great Thanksgiving project to do with the kids. Then you can display their project during the Thanksgiving holiday. Go to Kids & Glitter for the directions.
17. Mini Photo Album
Surprise your mother, grandmother and any friend with a cute mini photo album of a special occasion. You'll find the directions for making this mini album at Paper Vine.
18. Bubbles Frame
Make this cute little bubbles frame using puzzle pieces and craft gems. Find all the instructions and a supplies list at Kinder ART. Grandma would like this gift also.
19. Puzzle Pieces Snowflake
Using a bit of glitter on the puzzle pieces snowflake gives it an added dimension. Very pretty and easy to make.
20. Fabric Puzzle Pins
Use some scraps of beautiful shiny or textured fabrics to make these pins. Find the instructions at Thrifty Fun.
21. Puzzle Photo Frame
Have the kids make a photo frame like this for Dad to display on his desk. If the picture is of a family outing, he'll recall the fun when he looks at the photo. Go to All Kids Network for the instructions.
22. Photo Puzzle Pieces Keychains
This is a great idea for making a gift to give for Father's day, Mother's day, any holiday or personal celebration. You'll find the instructions for making photo puzzle pieces key chains at Me and My Shadow. Consider this as a gift idea for Valentine's day, you're special someone will love it.
Make a few of these useful bookmarks. You'll find the instructions for making them at A Room of Wonders.
24. Fabulous Pins
Be sure to check out this site because the pictures there will let you see how really fabulous these pins are. For the instructions and more pictures, go to Balzer Designs.
25. Altered Art
Doesn't this look like fun? I'd use the larger puzzle pieces for altered art just so I could add objects to it. For the instructions for this project, go to Oops, I Craft My Pants.
26. Puzzle Piece Cross
This is a great craft idea for religion classes. Go to Twitchetts to see how to make this beautiful cross art.
27. Jigsaw Puzzle Jewelry
When you go to All Kids Network to find the instructions for making these magnets, you'll also see the cute saying that they have included with the project.
29. Initial Plaque
This is a great project for using puzzle pieces that no longer constitute a picture. The tutorial for making a puzzle pieces initial plaque can be found at HomeTalk. A nice personalized art piece for a child's room.
30. Polymer Clay Valentine Puzzle Pieces
31. Christmas Angels
You will find the directions to make these very cute little Christmas angels at Michele Made Me. I think it would be easy to glue a pin to the back of the puzzle piece. Or maybe make a pendant for a necklace. Sooo cute!!
32. Puzzle Piece Pumpkin
I really love this little pumpkin with it's Happy Fall Y'all saying. Find the tutorial for making this pumpkin at Exuqisitely Unremarkable.
33. Piece of My Heart Necklace
Best friends can make necklaces that interlock to assure that they'll be friends forever. Great Valentine gift for that special friend.
Look at the cute little snowmen that can be made with puzzle pieces. If you want to find out how to make these little guys, go to Crafts Asylum for the instructions.
35. Puzzle Coasters
These puzzle coasters are a great gift idea for the kids to make for Father's or Mother's day. Find the tutorial at Red Ted Art.
© 2012 Loraine Brummer
What do you do with puzzles with missing pieces? - or just leave a comment
mydear1 on June 10, 2014:
Hi---- These ideas are GREAT!!------I taught art for ten years--with no art budget---and we did a LOT of puzzle art. The dollar store often had 2000 piece puzzles for a dollar, and 2000 pieces went a long way in K-6 art classes!! We did a lot of frames, pencil holders, pins and snowmen----because there aren't a lot of supplies involved. We even did a flower garden---with large puzzle pieces as blooms, and pipe stems
adakingyang on April 13, 2014:
Graeat ideas, very cute. This is Ada from China, maufacturing and exporting jigsaw puzzle machine, puzzle dies and other custom dies. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
dbishop103 on November 21, 2013:
Love these ideas! Thanks for sharing.
VirginiaR on February 22, 2013:
I love these ideas. Repurpose jigsaw puzzel pieces. I would never have thought of any of these.
anonymous on November 25, 2012:
What great ideas, I like them all especially the Aliens!
anonymous on November 20, 2012:
These are amazing ideas and a wonderful way to recycle
anonymous on October 19, 2012:
wow there is so many idias i made the necklace for me and my bff and she loved it thanxs verry muck
Laniann on July 02, 2012:
Wow. So many wonderful items you can create with puzzle pieces. I like the beautiful brooch and altered art techniques using art paper.
psiloveyou1 on July 01, 2012:
Great lens! There are some really cute ideas. Thanks for sharing :)