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Puzzle Piece Art {Think Outside The Toy Box}

July 14, 2014

I guess you could say I have a thing for monograms.  A couple weeks ago I shared my Monogram cutting board ‘art‘.  I have a glam thumbtack ‘S’ on our front door.  I have three other ‘S’s within 10feet of the front door.  The boys have their doors labeled with their initials as well as more initials hanging on their walls (in fact I’m making Ben a whole ‘B’ wall).

Anyway, today I have another monogram project … this one kid friendly, and in fact kid MADE (mostly).

This happens to be the 8th week of our Summer challenge … Think Outside The Toy Box, a collaboration with five other bloggers and myself to try to come up with NEW and CREATIVE ways to use household items (that aren’t traditionally thought of as toys).  This week’s theme was … you guessed it, Puzzle Pieces!


Do you have a bunch of puzzles that you never use?  How about puzzles that you know are missing pieces (and thus WAY too frustrating to even attempt)?

Well … we didn’t.

I’m not sure why.  Why do we own ZERO grown up puzzles?  We have a TON of little kid puzzles (you know … the kind with 5 enormous pieces), but NONE with over 10 pieces (or with pieces less than 3″ square).

Not to fear, however … this week’s challenge was not ruined by this fact.  Turns out Goodwill (a place I visit frequently) happens to have as many puzzles as you could ever want.  And they cost less than $1!  Problem solved.

This beaute was only $0.99!

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Lovely scene, isn’t it?


Just what we needed!  Goodwill comes through again!

Now … on to the project.


  1. Canvases (we used three 10″ square canvases that I had on hand … probably from a prior sale at Michael’s).
  2. Painter’s tape / Frog tape
  3. Spray paint (we used Rustoleum’s grey for the canvas stripe)
  4. Cardboard
  5. Letter stencil (homemade with a printer or store bought)
  6. Craft glue
  7. Puzzle pieces
  8. Spray paint for the puzzle pieces (we used gold, blue, and hammered silver)
  9. Liquid Nails to glue cardboard to canvas



  1. Paint stripes on canvases using painters tape and spray paint.  Let dry.
  2. Trace letter onto cardboard and cut out. Note: you letter doesn’t need to look perfect as it’s going to get mostly cover up by the puzzle pieces.
  3. Using craft glue, glue unpainted puzzle pieces to letter.  (You’ll notice our puzzle pieces are pre-painted, but since you’ll be spraying the whole thing in a minute (cardboard, puzzle pieces and all), this was not necessary … lesson learned).
  4. Spray paint letter.  Let dry
  5. Using liquid nails, glue cardboard puzzle piece letter to canvas.
  6. Hang and admire!

Here’s the picture version …

Puzzle Piece Monogram Art .  Kid Friendly and Fun!  |  View From The Fridge

Cardboard letters (O for Owen, C for Charlie, and B for Ben)

Puzzle Piece Monogram Art .  Kid Friendly and Fun!  |  View From The Fridge

Add a drop of glue to the back of a puzzle piece and start adding to the letter

Owen was a pro at this, but Charlie and glue dots was just not working.  Instead, I applied the glue, he pressed it into place where he wanted it.

Owen was a pro at this, but Charlie and glue dots was just not working. Instead, I applied the glue, he pressed it into place where he wanted it

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Keep adding pieces around the letter and then begin overlapping and stacking them to cover the gaps.





Let’s look closely … Who’s that model on the front?!?

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I forgot to mention that I’m a famous glue model.

Okay … I lied about that model thing.

This glue was a momento from a service project I did 5 years ago at my old company.  I finally realized that keeping this in a box as a ‘keepsake’ was silly.  We should actually use the glue inside!


Sorry … I got sidetracked.  Back to the project at hand:

Puzzle Piece Monogram Art .  Kid Friendly and Fun!  |  View From The Fridge

Cover entire letter with puzzle pieces (Owen is very proud).

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And I worked on Ben’s (he didn’t mind that I helped him out a bit).

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Once puzzle pieces are glued in place on the letter, spray paint entire thing. There was just too much of the brown cardboard showing through, therefore I had to spray paint over the entire letter (thus the reason the prepainting the puzzle pieces was really NOT necessary).


Once dry, using Liquid nails, glue cardboard letter to canvas!

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Spray paint letter and puzzle pieces. Using liquid nails, glue letter to canvas.


That’s it!  A great idea to help learn and/or reinforce letters and fine motor skills (applying glue dots and placing puzzle pieces in place).

Puzzle Piece Monogram Art .  Kid Friendly and Fun!  |  View From The Fridge

Puzzle Piece Monogram Art . Kid Friendly and Fun! | View From The Fridge

Here’s your turn!

What fun crafts, experiments, or games have you done using puzzle pieces? Link ’em up here, and share in the fun!p

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Now .. stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series and see what they came up with this week:

Amber at From ABC’s to ACT’s

Katy at Chaos and Kiddos

Julia at The Everyday Momma

Becka at Probably Crafting

Echo at The Mad Mommy

Up next Monday … Paper Cups!  And here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer.  We’d just love for you to join in the fun and link up some good ideas each week!

May 26 – Glow Sticks   (Check out our Glow Stick Lightning Bugs)

June 2 – Plastic Soda Bottles (Check out our Glitter and Glue Timeout Bottles)

June 9 – Paper Bags (Check out our Paper Bag Pinatas)

June 16 – Kool-Aid (Check out our Kool-Aid Play Doh)

June 23 – Ice Cream Cones (Check out our Edible Stamp Art with Edible Paint)

June 30 – Pool Noodles (Check out our DIY Lightsabers)

July 7 – Wax Paper (Check out our Wax Paper and Crayon Melts)

July 14 – Puzzle Pieces

July 21 – Paper Cups

July 28 – Plastic Milk Jugs

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


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  • Reply Leslie July 14, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Aww, they are so cute. I love how the projects turned out. It’s simple but I bet it kept them occupied for a little while. How fun. Happy Monday!
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    • Reply Katie July 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks, Leslie! It did occupy them for at least a half hour! I’ll count that as a success! Happy Monday, and thanks so much for dropping in this morning!

  • Reply becka July 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Wow these turned out beautiful! Great idea! I love how they look and I bet they will look wonderful on their wall
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    • Reply Katie July 14, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks, Becka! I am happy with how they turned out! Cant wait to read your post (if my kiddos ever take a nap!!!).

  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast July 14, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Super cute! What a great way to recycle an old puzzle.
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    • Reply Katie July 14, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks, Jenna! Hope your week is off to good start! Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Reply bette @ Somerset Lane July 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    those boys are adorable and such good crafters. it turned out great! I didn’t know i knew a glue bottle model? lol
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    • Reply Katie July 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      oh yes, Bette … you’re among Glue Bottle Modeling Royalty here … lol. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Agy July 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Great idea, and that glue is HUGE! I’m only used to seeing small ones :-)
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  • Reply Kat@Home. Made. interest July 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    This is such a cute idea, I know my niece and nephew would love it. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Katie @ Little House of Four July 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Your boys are so adorable! I love that they worked on these letters themselves and what a great job they did.
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    • Reply Katie July 15, 2014 at 3:29 am

      Thanks, Katie! Yes, a Owen was quite excited about this gold letter (and the fact that I let him use glue)! Thanks for stopping by!


  • Reply Jennifer July 15, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Love these, what a great idea! And some other lovely puzzle pieces crafts linked up too :)
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  • Reply Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle July 15, 2014 at 9:31 am

    How totally cute! I love this idea! I must do this one for sure!
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    • Reply Katie July 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Thanks,Kim! It was a fun project! The boys actually really enjoyed it … and they’re so proud. Now, we just need to find the perfect spot to hang them up!

  • Reply Mari July 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Great idea love the share!!!!
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    • Reply Katie July 15, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Mari!

  • Reply Katie July 15, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I have been looking for some unique art for my girls’ playroom, and I think I just found it!!! I have my project for this weekend, thanks! :)
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    • Reply Katie July 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Katie! Great! I’m so glad you like it! My 4 year old absolutely LOVED this project … who knew?!? Good luck, and I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  • Reply Kim July 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I love this project! Your puzzle letters are beautiful!!! :-)
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    • Reply Katie July 17, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Thanks so much, Kim!!

  • Reply Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods July 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    My little people are so making these next week! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Pinning!
    ~ Ashley
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  • Reply Julie July 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I love crafts with kids and these are really fun! It’s great that different ages can participate, and the result is art!!
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  • Reply Michal July 20, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Wow! that looks so amazing!
    I love puzzles and i don’t have any puzzle at home and i don’t know a place in my area that sells one even close to 1$ so good for you :-)
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    • Reply Katie July 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks, Michal! Goodwill was stocked up with puzzles of all sorts! Who knows if all the pieces were there, but it doesn’t matter for this craft!

  • Reply Andrea July 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    How lovely are these? And so easy for kids too. Thanks for linking up to the parenting pin it party!
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    • Reply Katie July 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks, Andrea!! Hope you had a great weekend!!

  • Reply Megan Walker July 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I’m with you Katy, I LOVE monograms! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )
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  • Reply Marie July 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

    These are just fabulous and would be perfect in any kids room! So fun and playful and I love that your kids were able to make them.

    • Reply Katie July 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks, Marie! They were SO excited to make these (well … 2 out of the 3 were, Baby Ben was not amused, ha!).

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Pauline Molinari July 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

    These are soooo darn cute! Can’t wait to feature them on the Monday Funday Party! Thanks for linking up!
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