If you are like most of us, you have a puzzle or two in your home with missing pieces. This is a great recycling project to turn those useless puzzle pieces into a special gift for Mother's Day or any occasion!

Materials and Supplies

Craft Supplies:

  • 3 Recycled puzzle pieces*
  • Tacky glue or hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • 1 Bar pin
  • Small piece of double sided - heavy duty tape
  • Acrylic paint and paint brush or Spray paint
  • Glitter and Elmer's glue OR Glitter glue
  • Optional:  confetti shapes

* For our  pin, we used puzzle pieces that are approximately 1 1/4" wide.  We have also made pins with 3/4" puzzle pieces.

Craft Instructions

  1.  Lay out the three puzzle pieces in an over-lapping pattern.  Glue them together using the tacky glue or hot glue gun.  If using the tacky glue, let dry completely before proceeding.
  2. Attach a pin to the back side of the puzzle piece arrangement using a piece of heavy duty two sided tape.  See our Hints and Tip section for hints on doing this.
  3. Decorate your pin

Option 1: While the paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter over the surface of the puzzle pieces.

Option 2: Once your paint is dry, use a sponge brush or paint brush to cover the entire painted surface with Elmer's glue then sprinkle glitter over the glue.

Option 3: Spread a coat of glitter glue over the entire painted surface with either your finger tip, a paint brush or a Q-tip.

Optional: glue confetti shapes to the painted/glittered side of your pin. To do this, place a dot of Elmer's or tacky glue everywhere you want the confetti shapes.  Stick them on top of the glue.


  • If you don't have any puzzles with missing pieces, try looking for some used puzzles at yard sales (tag sales) or thrift stores.
  • If making this project with a group of children, spray paint the pieces ahead of time and let the kids glue them together and decorate them.

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