We all have those puzzles with missing pieces or we can easily get a puzzle from a dollar store, right? Well with those little pieces, you can make really sweet embellishments for cards, layouts or other crafty projects.
I made these three sweet puzzle piece embellishments and got to use up lots of little snippets of fabric, crocheted trim and lace.
Here are the easy steps: 1) Coat the puzzle pieces with white gesso so that the image from the puzzle is completely obscured. You could use black gesso if you were going to do darker embellies in a Steampunk or vintage style. 2) Remove the 1 or 2 under-ply layers of a decorative napkin with images that would fit on a puzzle piece. 3) Using matte medium or Mod Podge, adhere a paper napkin to cover each puzzle piece. You can just wet your finger with water and tap the edges of the puzzle piece to tear away the napkin along the edges. 4) (optional) Ink the edges of the puzzle piece. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry since the napkin had a pale pink background. 5) Using hot glue, have fun embellishing each puzzle piece with scraps of trims, laces, flat back pearls, word beads (made by Bead Landing), rolled ribbon roses, etc.
These homemade embellies were really fun to make, and as each puzzle piece is a distinct shape, they are all unique! BONUS!
The following is a video share of these embellies along with some fabric yoyo flowers:
These puzzle piece embellies are being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Inspiration Color Swatch Wednesday Challenge
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’re having a crafty day! WOOF
Oh Kristina these puzzle pieces are adorable , what a good idea to use the pieces and your napkins . I really like this idea and your pieces came out adorable … Great job !
What a cute idea. These are darling.
Aww thanks so much Alice! Isn’t it nice when we can upcycle or re-use something in new ways?! One of the great benefits of crafting is that we can help save the planet too! 🙂 tf stopping by! Big hugs, Kristina
Love this idea, lots of puzzle pieces ‘laying’ around. I especially like the piece in the middle that resembles a dress. Excellent way to use items we have waiting to be used. Thanks for the inspiration, Julie
Thanks so much Julie! You are so talented at seeing different things in items. I love being able to use little odd bits, snippets and left overs. 🙂 tf stopping by and big hugs, Kristina
Love the puzzle piece idea Kristina…Thanks!!
Thanks so much Roz! Isn’t it great that in crafting we can often find new uses for old discarded things? 😀 TF stopping by! Big hugs, Kristina
Wow! This is a great idea! I’m gonna get me some puzzle pieces! Thanks for sharing!
Aww thanks so much Jenelle! They make super cute little embellies, right?! I’ve seen folks use the giant puzzle pieces (for really young kids), and they come out great too. TF stopping by! Big hugs, Kristina
WoW !! Such a cool idea and brilliantly creative 😀 I love the little one that looks like a tiny frock 😀
IKE in Greece xxx
This is certainly not my original idea, but I am glad I could share it with you. 🙂 Hope you give it a try and have some crafty and upcycling fun! TF stopping by and big hugs, Kristina
Wow – these are so unique – I just haven’t seen anything like these before! What a fabulous idea.
Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Aww thanks so much caryn! I love it when I can upcycle something like loose puzzle pieces! 😀
Brilliant idea, they are so pretty
These are so pretty! Love the other embellishments also! I don’t have any puzzle pieces, but I do have chipboard shapes I never get around to using. Thank you for the inspiration; love seeing your creations! 🙂
Oh that’s a great idea to use chipboard pieces this way too! TF stopping by and your sweet and thoughtful comments! xoxo
What a wonderful idea:)