Do you or your kids enjoy putting puzzles together? I’m going to show you how you can make DIY jigsaw puzzle wall art so you can display favorite puzzles in a playroom, kids’ rooms or craft room.
I normally use a jigsaw puzzle app on my i-Pad for my entertainment, but I recently found two of the cutest puzzles in the Dollar Tree that I just had to purchase. I thought they would look so fun and whimsical hanging in my craft room.
My two puzzles are labeled for ages 9+ and contain 500 pieces I would not classify the one I used in this project as super easy, so it would be good rainy day entertainment for your kids to keep them occupied for a long time.
Once I realized that all long pieces were going to be horizontal and the smaller pieces were not, it became a little bit easier. You’ve probably heard that saying, “I was this many years old when I learned….!”
Follow along as I show you how you can display a puzzle without a frame for your wall decor.
DIY JIGSAW PUZZLE WALL ART
Before we get to the instructions, it’s time for “Under 10 on the 10th”again where I join a group of creative bloggers and we share crafty projects that cost under $10.00 to make. Our theme this month is “any craft of our choice.”
At the end of my post, you’ll find the links to click and view what they have created. Don’t miss out!
COST TO MAKE THIS PROJECT: Depending upon your backing choice, the cost to make this jigsaw puzzle wall art will range from $5.59 to $9.59. See details below.
Jigsaw puzzle $1.25 ____ @ Dollar Tree
Mod Podge $2.00 ____ @ Home Depot for $3.99/16 oz. with lots left over for more projects
Craft paint $.58 ____ @ Walmart
Foam paint brush $.57 ____ @ Walmart
Command strips $1.19 ____ @ Walmart for $2.38 with 2 left over
Puzzle backing options ____ Free up to $4.00 (see options below)
WHAT BACKING MATERIAL CAN BE USED TO MOUNT A PUZZLE?
WOOD can be purchased at Michael’s in a 16 x 20 size $7.99 but wait for a 50% sale or coupon.
Any wood excess showing outside the puzzle can be painted to mimic a frame or if you have access to a rotary saw you can cut flush to the puzzle.
FOAM BOARD can be found at Walmart in a 15 x 20 size for $2.08.
Any foam excess showing outside the puzzle can be painted to mimic a frame or be cut with a box cutter or knife (use with caution) to be flush to the puzzle. The Dollar Tree has foam board also, but I don’t know the size.
CANVAS can be found at Michael’s in a 16 x 20 size for $4.99 for a 2-pack during a 50% sale (use one for $2.50.)
CARDBOARD is an eco-friendly option and can be cut with a box cutter or sharp knife (use with caution.)
HOW TO MAKE A PUZZLE INTO WALL ART
I had wood on hand that was cut 1 inch larger on all four sides than my jigsaw puzzle measures. The 1 inch border will be painted black to mimic a frame.
The Dollar Tree puzzle measures 11 x 18, so by using the 16 x 20 piece of wood you have 3 options for what can be done with the excess board portion.
- Expand your painted “frame” past 1 inch by adding a second border in a different color to compliment the puzzle colors.
- Another option for the left over space is to paint it all one color and then add a simple design to it, such as, stripes or polka dots.
- If you are in the position to cut your board, cut it to measure 1 inch larger on each side than your puzzle measurements like mine was done.
HOW TO MOUNT A PUZZLE FOR HANGING
USE MOD PODGE TO ATTACH THE PUZZLE
Use a foam brush to apply the Mod Podge to the top of the jigsaw puzzle and let dry. I glued the top first because the puzzle is cheap and doesn’t stay together the greatest when transferred. I let it dry a couple of hours under a fan.
No need to paint the entire backing, just the portion that will show. Let dry completely.
Apply Mod Podge to your backing with a foam brush, then carefully slide the puzzle and position it in the center. Apply a second coat to the top of the puzzle. Let dry overnight before hanging.
I didn’t really like how my solid black “frame” looked after everything was done, so I decided to add some bright dots. I can’t decide if it looks good or not.
Hindsight, I should have painted a stripe of color between the puzzle and black, 1/2 inch color and 1/2 inch black. I think eventually I’ll sand the dots off and do the stripe idea. Oh well!
What subject or type of puzzle will you be purchasing for your DIY jigsaw puzzle wall art?
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