Puzzle piece picture frame
Parental supervision is recommended
Give an unusual gift to a parent with this puzzle piece picture frame. With a few old puzzle pieces you can make a cool looking gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day.
What you'll need:
- Puzzle pieces
- Spray paint
- Black permanent marker
- Photograph to frame.
How to make it:
- Spray paint your puzzle pieces print side up.
- For the frame, first cut a rectangle out of cardboard. Poster board works nicely. A frame 4 x 5 is a good size for the refrigerator. Cut the center out of the rectangle making a one inch wide frame.
- Cut out a back for the frame. Glue the back onto the frame, but don't forget to leave the top open to slide the picture in.
- Glue painted puzzle pieces around the frame. Layer the pieces in about 3 layers to fill in bare spots.
- Cut your picture to fit the size of your frame, and slide in.
- Put on a bow.
- Put the date on the puzzle pieces with permanent marker.
- Glue the magnet on the back.
- Sandi Kern has a Valentine variation for Nancy Seidl's Puzzle Frame.
I have used one of the Christmas crafts, the puzzle picture frame, for a Valentine's Day craft. Instead of writing the year on the puzzle pieces, we wrote Be Mine, Hug Me, etc. (the usual stuff you get off the candy hearts). I also painted some puzzle pieces pink and placed cut-up doilies around the poster board frame before gluing on the pieces.
- Bonnie Happe, firstname.lastname@example.org, tells how to make a large wreath from jigsaw puzzle pieces:
By using the large kids puzzle pieces and overlapping them, you can make a large wreath. You don't need to put it onto poster board, just make three rows that are one over the other. The important thing is when you glue the pieces you have to set something on top of them, like books, or they don't dry flat.
I make a Noah's Ark Wreath this way, also a Christmas one with all of the neat Christmas trims that they have. And I have made hearts out of them (painted white), put flowers on them to match the bridal theme -- a very inexpensive decoration. (Many people couldn't believe they were made from puzzle pieces.)