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Thrift store/charity shop puzzles and frame become a baby shower gift
This was such fun! I am definitely going to do more of these.

This was a baby shower gift. I used pieces from four puzzles.

I described this on my blog already, but I wanted to copy the tutorial over here for my fellow CO+K fans.

Enjoy!

Posted by J. Pario from Lincoln, Nebraska, United States • Published See J. Pario's 22 projects »
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  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Painting With Puzzle Pieces - Step 1
    Step 1

    I found a framed poster.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Painting With Puzzle Pieces - Step 2
    Step 2

    I took out the poster, flipped it over, and painted over the words on the back. It became my perfectly-sized canvas.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Painting With Puzzle Pieces - Step 3
    Step 3

    I sorted four Thrift Store puzzles into piles by color. (But I forgot to take a photo until later!)

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Painting With Puzzle Pieces - Step 4
    Step 4

    I opted for a simple image.

    Here's a test drive of my puzzle piece placement.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Painting With Puzzle Pieces - Step 5
    Step 5

    I painted my design. I kept the above layout handy so I could get the proportions right, but it was still a bit nerve-racking because I had to have the sections wide enough for puzzle pieces to fit, but small enough so I could get the whole image on the "canvas."

    Originally I was going to have the background be quite pastel and faint, and was going to help the viewer see the image by outlining the shapes with a black paint pen. (Not a Sharpie! They smear when you apply sealant.)

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Painting With Puzzle Pieces - Step 6
    Step 6

    Next, I made my sandwich, putting the painted picture and then the cardboard backing into the frame.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Painting With Puzzle Pieces - Step 7
    Step 7

    I stapled the frame, not the cardboard.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Painting With Puzzle Pieces - Step 8
    Step 8

    I used pliers to pull the staples half-way out of the wood. This keeps the cardboard in place. (I was just putting it back the way I found it, as I’d had to put staples out to get the thing apart in the first place.)

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Painting With Puzzle Pieces - Step 9
    Step 9

    Working in small sections, I glued the pieces to the poster with a mixture of PVA glue (Elmer’s) and water. This is a forgiving and imprecise combination. Basically you want it as thick as you can while still being able to apply it with a brush.

    I was glad that I had made some extra piles of “mostly orange with some green” and “mostly green with some orange.” That was really helpful.

  • Step 10

    I treated the puzzle pieces differently to emphasize the different areas, mostly by having the sky pieces be almost the only ones that weren’t touching. I didn’t really have enough puzzle pieces, but I was out of Thrift Store puzzles!

  • Step 11

    I then sealed it with two coats of my beloved ModPodge.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Painting With Puzzle Pieces - Step 12
    Step 12

    Here is a close-up which lets you see how I used some of the "mostly green with a little orange" pieces.

  • Step 13

    All done! I hope she likes it!

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J. Pario
J. Pario · Lincoln, Nebraska, US · 26 projects
It was really easy and fun! (Granted, you'll probably want to use more than 4 puzzles, like I did.) If you do one yourself, be sure to share your version--I'd love to see it!
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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
Oh, wow that's an awesome idea! It turned out really good as well Happy
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