Raise you hand if you have ever put together a large puzzle, like a 750-1000 piecer? Now keep your hand up if you left it out on the table after you put it all together to revel in the glory of finishing it? Then someone wasn’t paying attention and the corner got bumped or as you were finally putting it away, one or two pieces went missing. Hand still up? Yeah… me too. Which is why I came up with this idea to upcycle old puzzles into wall art (instead of throwing them away or donating them)!
This art is about 2′ by 3′ and is the latest addition to our boys’ room. I hung it above the X Frame desk I built for them last year and I love how it coordinates with the colors of the room but is still eye-catching and just wicked cool.
I had to simplify some of the continents by leaving out some small peninsulas and islands, but overall I’m pretty pleased how it turned out!
I sprayed all the pieces navy blue, but you could totally use whatever color you wanted, or not even use a color and just use the backside of the puzzle pieces which are usually brown or greenish.
The frame and center board which the pieces are stuck to uses the same attachment method I used on my word art tutorial from last fall.
Check out the tutorial on eHow HERE.