ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Recycle a puzzle and make a pretty brooch

Updated on November 15, 2013

In order to make a nice brooch for Mother's Day (or at any time of the year), all you need is a piece of an incomplete puzzle and some silver, gold or pearly paint.

Find some glitter or beads or any decorations you can think of and you'll have a masterpiece in no time.

This is a great activity to do with children in daycare, school, summer camp, vacation Bible school, etc.

What you'll need

• a piece of an incomplete puzzle
• paint of your choice (opaque colours, gold, silver and iridescent)
• brush
• white glue
• sequins, beads, ribbon, artificial flowers, etc..
• brooch pin
• glue gun

1. Paint the piece of the puzzle in a colour of your choice. You probably need several coats of paint to cover the illustration.

Note : paints such as gold, silver or iridescent are transparent. To solve this problem, first paint with an opaque colour in the same colour range as the coat of metallic or pearl paint.

2. When the opaque paint is dry, paint a coat of gold, silver or iridescent paint matching your base colour.

3. Decorate the pin with your choice of ribbon, artificial flowers, sequins, beads, etc..

4. Glue a brooch pin at the back the puzzle piece with the glue gun.

Brooch pins for do-it-yourself jewelry are available in craft stores or on Amazon.

Here are a few brooches I made. But don't feel limited by these examples, you are creative!

Also have a look at my video on how to make a brooch.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, Crafty! As you said, it could be a great way to raise funds with a craft fair in a school or any craft fair! The secret is to never through away an incomplete puzzle ;-) We can give each piece a second life :-)

      Have a great afternoon :-)

    • CraftytotheCore profile image


      5 years ago

      That's really cool! I had never thought to do that before. That would be a very creative idea for the annual craft fair here at the school too.

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comment!

    • cloverleaffarm profile image

      Healing Herbalist 

      7 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      These are pretty cool. Thanks for sharing. Voted up+.

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Ah! Ah! Thanks for your humor!

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks! It's a fun activity for kids or adults to do...and there is no limit to the imagination!

    • alliemacb profile image


      7 years ago from Scotland

      Nice idea and very simple to follow.

    • FalconSays profile image

      Karen S Falcon 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV



    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)