How to Decorate Blank Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

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How to Decorate Blank Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces
Blank jigsaw puzzle (a puzzle image by Pavel Bernshtam from

Decorating blank jigsaw puzzles is a creative way to entertain children, pass a rainy day or express your artistic side. Blank puzzle pieces can be decorated just for fun or given as a gift, a creative party invitation or even a marriage proposal. Many mediums can be used to decorate jigsaw puzzle pieces: markers, paint, rubber stamps, scrapbook paper, photos and more. Take your creativity a step further and add embellishments such as scrapbooking charms, ribbons and lace, glitter, rhinestones or stickers to your puzzle.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Blank jigsaw puzzle
  • Paint or markers
  • Paint brush
  • Découpage or puzzle sealer
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments

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    Place sheets of newspaper or plastic tablecloth underneath the puzzle pieces to protect your work area.

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    Put the jigsaw puzzle together, if it isn't already.

  3. 3

    Lightly sketch your design onto the puzzle with a pencil.

  4. 4

    Using paint, markers or another medium of your choice, colour in your design. If using paint, let it dry when you are finished.

  5. 5

    Apply a découpage or puzzle sealer, if desired, to each puzzle piece with a paint brush. This will protect it and give it a glossy finish. Let the pieces dry.

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    Choose a photograph, scrapbook paper or picture from a magazine.

  2. 2

    Trace the shape of each puzzle piece onto the back of the paper or photo with a pencil, making sure the pieces match up correctly as you trace them.

  3. 3

    Cut along the lines drawn on the back of the paper with a pair of scissors.

  4. 4

    Spread a thin layer of glue on the paper pieces with a paint brush, and adhere them to their matching puzzle piece. Smooth the paper down to push out bubbles and to make sure it adheres well. Cut off any excess bits of paper. Let dry.

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    Place your embellishments on your puzzle, and move them around until you are satisfied with their placement.

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    Pick each embellishment up, add glue to the back of it, and put it back in its place, pressing it down firmly.

  3. 3

    Let the glue dry completely.

Tips and warnings

  • Blank jigsaw puzzles are available for purchase online or at craft stores.
  • Take a picture of the completed puzzle, and glue the picture to the box or envelope you are storing the pieces in.
  • Individual pieces of the puzzle can be glued onto scrapbooking pages if desired. However, be aware that the pieces may not be acid free.
  • Use a strong glue to attach embellishments onto your puzzle pieces, because they could come off easily when the puzzle pieces are stored in their box or envelope.

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