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

  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!

  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...

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

    As always so original.
    Big kiss, D

  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.

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

    Love it!!

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


  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!!!

  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! :)

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

    I love the exuberant colors.

  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!

  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

  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!

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

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

  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!

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

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

  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!

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

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

  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...

  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.

    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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