Painted Puzzle

This puzzle is over a year old, but we just got it out again.  My son has been a big puzzle fan since age two.  This was a wooden one that I had, but the design on it was all green leaves, which made it very difficult to solve, even for me.  So I painted a little safari painting on the wood back of the puzzle and gave every object a unique color, making it much easier to put together.  He is still able to do it.  Nice!


  1. Maxabella
    September 6, 2010 at 6:44 am

    It looks awesome. Definitely a keeper. I wish I was as clever as that as we have stacks of really difficult puzzles floating around. x

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  2. Janka
    September 6, 2010 at 8:17 am

    A great idea to "reuse" puzzles, that would otherwise get dusty because they're too difficult or shabby or have ugly images.

    Thank you for showing!

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  3. Paul & Paula
    September 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I will definately check if I can find a blank puzzle, I love to paint...
    I want to do this for my little one!
    Thank you...

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  4. Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...)
    September 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

    As always so original.
    Big kiss, D

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  5. Umatji
    September 6, 2010 at 10:34 am

    great idea to use the back - makes the puzzle useful across the ages and also a memory maker.

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  6. Deborah (Teach Preschool)
    September 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Love it!!

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  7. Hege Evensen
    September 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm


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  8. The Telfords
    September 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Joel, i LOVE your blog. My husband and i are huge puzzle fans ourselves. Not only do we do what you did (only we paint right on top of the original picture), but we get a LOT of puzzles from the Salvation Army, put them together, and when those few pieces are missing (it's a MIRACLE if they aren't!), we trace the hole and make our own pieces, which are usually our family's photo! So fun. Keep up the awesome ideas!!!

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  9. Lori Henriques
    September 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    ooh, yes, i love this! there is something very pleasing about the white background, too. fantastic, as always! :)

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  10. Bobbinoggin
    September 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I love the exuberant colors.

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  11. stacey
    September 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    joel! just recently found your blog and I LOVE IT! your projects are fantastic! so fantastic that i've already borrowed the paperclip pick up game and re-blogged it on my own blog (giving you credit of course and linking everyone back to you!) check it out! THANK YOU for the creative inspiration!

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  12. liz stanley
    September 6, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    such a great way to reuse puzzles. i get so annoyed by those kid puzzles that are difficult for me to put together

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  13. Joel Henriques
    September 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you so much everybody! I love hearing all of your great ideas for repurposing old puzzles too. Cool!

    stacey - I'm glad you found my blog! Thanks for the very kind post too. Your tutorial and photos of the paper clip pickup game are fantastic!

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  14. Kickcan and Conkers
    September 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

    This is another great idea - love your design, as always!

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  15. Collin
    September 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Great design. I want to try this... I just got a new saw, so I think I will make my own puzzle pieces too!

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  16. JK
    September 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Oh I love it ! What a good idea !!!! Again !

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  17. sherri
    September 9, 2010 at 12:35 am

    what a great way to breathe fresh air into a puzzle- and make it more personal. love it!

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  18. Maggie May
    September 9, 2010 at 4:03 am

    that is so pretty looking, too- what a cutie your son is :)

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  19. nicestuff
    September 9, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I love that idea! it is just so simple, but I would never have thought of this! and of course the design is so nice! I already tried a couple of your projects with my kids and they just love it...

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  20. Ayunie Evans
    June 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Hello! I am a GCSE ICT student, and as I was not able to find out whether permission would be needed to use any of your images, I thought it would be better to ask you personally - the first puzzle image is lovely (, and I thought that it would be nice to use in my ICT coursework where I am required to make a webpage on an Upcycling event. It will not be published and is only for educational purposes; will I be allowed to use it? Thank you.

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    1. June 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Ayunie, yes, as long as you provide a link, use whatever images you'd like! Thanks!

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