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7 Fun DIY Puzzle Piece Craft Ideas

7 Fun DIY Puzzle Piece Craft Ideas


Are you thinking of getting rid of your old jigsaw puzzles or stray puzzle pieces? Think again. You can still get a lot of mileage out of those loose pieces to create artwork and decorations that are totally different from the original image. In this guide, we’ll be discussing some of our favorite puzzle arts and crafts ideas that you can use for your next fun family project. You might also get some new decor out of it!

Fun D-I-Y Puzzle Art and Puzzle Piece Craft Ideas

When it comes to repurposing old or stray puzzle pieces, there’s no limit to what puzzle piece crafts you can make. The possibilities here are endless! From painting loose pieces or combining existing patterns with something new to create something truly unique, our list of puzzle piece art ideas covers the following:

  • Creating animals and wildlife from puzzle pieces
  • Puzzle piece ornaments for Christmas
  • Puzzle piece art
  • Puzzle piece coasters
  • Puzzle piece jewelry
  • Puzzle piece picture frames
  • Puzzle piece wreaths

Read on to learn how you can transform your mismatched puzzle pieces into an original work of art!

Puzzle Animals

This creative puzzle art idea is for all the animal and nature lovers out there! Use your stray puzzle pieces to create caterpillars, butterflies, bugs, and farm animals with the animal fanatic in your life! For this puzzle piece craft idea, all you need is some puzzle pieces, paper, and any art supplies you already have. 

Take your puzzle pieces and form them into the shape of an animal, and don’t be afraid to use scissors when necessary to create pointy ears and other features! Add googly eyes or paint them yourself onto the puzzle pieces, and you just finished your very own puzzle animal. Check out our selection of animal jigsaw puzzles for more animal inspired puzzling fun!

Puzzle Piece Christmas Ornaments for the Holidays

Get festive with fun puzzle-piece Christmas ornaments this holiday season! This fun DIY puzzle piece art idea is a great way to celebrate the holiday season and gives you ornaments you can pass down in your family for generations to come! We suggest cutting a piece of cardboard to create the shape of the ornament first with a pair of scissors or an X-Acto knife. Next, you can glue popsicle sticks and fuzzy straws together depending on your design. 

Once you have the base and shape for the ornament, you can start gluing your puzzle pieces onto it. Make sure to properly capture the spirit of the season by using green, red, and white puzzle pieces or paint them to make your pieces festive colors. Be sure to check out our wide selection of Christmas jigsaw puzzles to further inspire future ornament designs. If you want more holiday fun, check out our holiday jigsaw puzzles!

Puzzle Piece Art

Puzzle piece art is quick and easy to make! All you need is a blank canvas such as construction paper to get started. Make your own puzzle art masterpiece by following these three simple steps.

  • Step 1: Draw a design onto your blank canvas of choice.
  • Step 2: Glue each puzzle piece along the outline of the drawing or design. Don’t be afraid to cut a few pieces up to get the perfect fit!
  • Step 3: Create a background. An example is to use blue and white pieces for the sky, green for the grass, and other colorful pieces for flowers. 

After you have some fun creating an art piece from an old puzzle, you’ll have a new masterpiece. The possibilities for puzzle artwork are endless. 

Puzzle Piece Coaster

This puzzle piece craft idea is fun to make and practical. If you’re looking for an easy DIY gift to give to a friend or family member, try making a custom puzzle piece coaster.

  • Step 1: Find a cork square, cardboard, or an old coaster. Then, select the puzzle theme or design you want to work with. Stray pieces are an excellent choice for puzzle coasters!
  • Step 2: Shape your puzzle pieces into a square roughly the size of your coaster base and glue the pieces together.
  • Step 3: Once the pieces have dried, glue the square to your coaster base. We recommend using puzzle glue, but any glue will do as long as it holds well.

That’s all there is to it! Now you have a piece of puzzle art that’s both useful and fun to look at.

Puzzle Piece Jewelry

Looking for a fun puzzle art idea that you can also wear? While puzzle pieces look great in a frame on a wall, you can also take those pieces to create awesome handmade jewelry items!

These jewelry pieces are sure to make a statement and attract attention no matter where you go. Puzzle art can be used to make things like rings, earrings, necklaces, and much more. Puzzle piece jewelry is also a creative and unique gift idea to give to the puzzlers in your life!

Puzzle Piece Picture Frame

To create a puzzle-piece picture frame, you’ll need to begin by picking which colors and pieces you want to use. We suggest using smaller puzzle pieces since picture frames typically have less surface area to work with. If you dislike the color scheme of your pieces, you can use paint and markers to change them to your desired color.

Once you have selected a style and color for your puzzle pieces, you’ll need popsicle sticks or craft sticks. Next, you’ll glue the sticks together to create a frame for your puzzle piece art. After your border is complete, it’s time to decorate it with your favorite pieces! Be sure to use puzzle piece glue to ensure that your decorative frame holds together.

Puzzle Wreath

This next puzzle piece craft idea is for those who are feeling a little ambitious. 

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can create a gorgeous holiday wreath for your doorstep using old puzzle pieces. These wreaths can be used for Christmas, Hanukkah, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and more! Simply select puzzle pieces with warm tones and colors that evoke the season you plan on celebrating.

  • Step 1: Gather your supplies. You will need puzzle pieces, a chipboard or sturdy cardboard, a glue gun with glue sticks, scissors, and yarn or twine. Pick puzzle pieces with the colors that match the holiday you’re celebrating.
  • Step 2: Cut out a circle pattern onto the chipboard or cardboard.
  • Step 3: Using a hot glue gun, place the pieces onto the circle cutout.
  • Step 4: Measure a twelve-inch piece of twine or yarn to glue onto the back of the wreath to use as a hanger.
  • Step 5: You’re finally ready to hang up your wreath!


We hope this list of fun DIY puzzle arts and crafts ideas helped you get inspired for your next family project! Now that you’ve got some great ideas, all you need to do is find some puzzle pieces. Browse our selection of new puzzles and crafts and models your family and loved ones are sure to enjoy.

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