Introduction: Jigsaw Puzzle Mosaic

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Cheap or free mosaic. Made this one in a few hours, including drying time.

Step 1: Materials

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Big puzzle
Big piece of cardboard
Elmer's glue
Spray paint
Pen or pencil

The cardboard should be really big, so that you can more easily tell what the picture is. The puzzle should also be very big, to cover the big cardboard. I think it would be about 160 puzzle pieces per square foot.

Step 2: Embiggen

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Choose an image with few colors, and then embiggen it on to your cardboard. You can do this many ways, such as putting a grid over your chosen image and then a grid on the cardboard (example), or using a projector.

Step 3: Seperate

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Separate the puzzle pieces into however many different colors you need. I used tan pieces and the backs of the pieces (bluish-green) as two colors. I painted other pieces for the black ones (next step).

Step 4: Background

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Glue down all the pieces that will be the same color as the background. For example, on mine, I put down all the black parts first. Then use the spray paint to spray the whole thing. This may take a few coats. You can use scissors to cut pieces for the edges if you want.

Step 5: Glue More

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Glue the other colors down. The glue dries clear, so don't worry about that.

Step 6: Peel Glue, Etc...

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Put it somewhere, bask in the glory.


doug.powell.923 made it! (author)2015-02-15

Here are my puzzle art mosaics. I cut many of the pieces to achieve better detail especially in the eyes and facial features but I never paint them. The puzzle pieces are used as is out of the box. I have over 600,000 puzzle pieces in my collection. Most of these mosaics are 4'x4' or larger. Thats a good estimate on how many puzzle pieces per square foot. For me usually 170-210 per sq ft. You have to collect many boxes of puzzles to be able to get enough of the right colors to do these. Keep up the good work and creativity. "Stay out of step with the majority of people and all sorts of things can happen." Doug Powell, Orlando Florida

themissingpiece (author)2012-08-31

Love this idea! We make personalized photo jigsaw puzzles and we often have puzzles that we redo and/or don't pass our rigid quality control. We usually discard of the puzzles but now will start saving them. These are awesome! I would love to have you do this on our blog for us....

The Missing Piece Puzzle Company

I wish I had the time to do more stuff for instructables. Darn education and employment :P

CR34M3 (author)2011-11-01

This is a very cool project.
I'm busy making one of my own but have a question on the materials: what's the final dimensions of your picture and how many of the 3000 pieces did you use?

A rough idea of puzzle pieces per square metre should help others when making smaller or larger pictures.

sidorthatotherguy (author)CR34M32011-11-01

My picture is 36x42", and I honestly have no idea how many pieces I used. I think a
good estimate is probably around 160 a square foot.

CR34M3 (author)sidorthatotherguy2012-06-20

After a few months of postponing, it's finally complete. Mine measures 1.2x1.2m. Now I just need to find a good spot to hang it.

sidorthatotherguy (author)CR34M32012-06-20

That's awesome! Obviously spent a little more time on it than i did.

CrLz (author)2011-10-19

Very cool.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-10-15

That is really great! It is really creative and so well done. Awesome!

ChrysN (author)2011-10-15

Nice, a great way to use those old puzzles.

CaseyCase (author)2011-10-15

Hendrix awesomeness!

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