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.
All you need is:
~ Paper (thick paper you can paint and glue on)
~ an old puzzle
~ paint in various colors
~ sponge (optional)
Lay out all the puzzle pieces upside down.
Choose your colors.
You could make the ‘leaves’ whatever color you like, but for this fall tree, we used yellow, orange, red, and brown.
We used a regular sponge to do a sponge-painting technique, but you can use a brush or even fingerpaint with the colors.
Set aside your puzzle pieces to dry.
While your puzzle pieces are drying, paint a tree and allow to dry.
Once both are dry, go ahead and glue on your leaves!
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!
This is such a great idea. We have tons of old puzzles. I’ll have to show my daughter this. She’ll want to make a puzzle tree for sure.
What a cute idea! I’m homeschooling the 4-year-old this year and was looking for some art projects we could do. Thank you!
I have not done puzzles in a few years but I know there was always a piece missing too often. I like the idea of using things that would otherwise be thrown out.
This is such a fun idea and a great way to reuse puzzles which aren’t played with anymore! I quite fancy making one myself.
What a great idea to make a new activity with my kid. Sounds easy and we have everything we need!
This is such a cute idea! My kids love painting. So maybe we’ll try something like this. Thanks for the suggestion.
This is such a cute idea! I know my kids would love to design and create something like this.
I love this project, so achievable and pretty. I am sure my daughter will love this.
THis is such a cute craft. We have several old puzzles we can use to make this.
Genius way of up-cycling. It always kills me to throw things out. What a great way to entertain the kids.
Oh I love this idea! My niece has a few left from her new puzzle. We need to do this.
Wow! This is such a creative idea. Love the way you used the puzzle pieces to make this Fall Recycled Puzzle Trees.
This is a great idea!
Great idea,but I don’t have any unused puzzles yet. Maybe not yet. Hehe. I will keep this post for future purposes.
Wow! This is a great idea! My daughter will surely love making this. Thanks for sharing.