Fall Recycled Puzzle Trees

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.

Old Puzzles

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.

Puzzle Painting

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

Puzzle Painting

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

Puzzle Painting

Set aside your puzzle pieces to dry.

Puzzle Painting

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

Puzzle Tree

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

Puzzle Tree

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!

Puzzle Tree