Fall Recycled PuzzleTrees


Fall Jigsaw Puzzle Craft

I am always trying to think of what to do with all our old puzzles that have missing pieces.  I hate to throw them out, so we decided to make fall trees.  This is a great way to upcycle materials that would get thrown out.

Upcycled Puzzle Fall Tree

All you need is:

~ Paper (thick paper you can paint and glue on)

~ an old puzzle

~ paint in various colors

~ glue

~ sponge (optional)


Lay out all the puzzle pieces upside down.

Choose your colors.

Fall Upcycled Puzzle Craft Tree

You could make the ‘leaves’ whatever color you like, but for this fall tree, we used yellow, orange, red, and brown.

Upcycled Puzzle Fall Tree

We used a regular sponge to do a sponge-painting technique, but you can use a brush or even fingerpaint with the colors.

Upcycled Puzzle Fall Tree

Set aside your puzzle pieces to dry.

Fall Tree Upcycled Puzzle Craft

While your puzzle pieces are drying, paint a tree and allow to dry.

Fall Puzzle Craft

Once both are dry, go ahead and glue on your leaves!

Fall Puzzle Craft

You can do different variations on this project, from how you paint the puzzle pieces (sponge painting, layers of colors, etc), to what colors you use.  We also used large puzzle pieces, because it was the only size we had, but this project would also be great with little puzzle pieces.  Have fun with it and be creative!



  1. 1

    Oh, my gosh–this is so clever and cute! I’m definitely passing this on to my sister and her little ones! :-)

  2. 2
    Debbie Welchert says:

    What a neat idea. When we put puzzles together we always end up loosing one or two pieces. This is a great way to put those puzzles to use and have a lot of fun doing it to. My grandchildren are going to love this.

  3. 3

    This is such a cute idea, and a great way to repurpose those puzzles that are missing a few pieces! Keeping this in mind for a rainy day.

  4. 4

    What a creative craft! I’ve never thought of making puzzle pieces like that. My grandson was excited to make an apple tree at school, so he would love to make this tree at home!

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    Dandi D says:

    Such a great idea–thanks for thinking of it!

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