Many people have those big-sized jigsaw puzzles that are made for children who are just learning how to assemble puzzles. Sometimes the puzzles are missing pieces and sometimes the children have simply outgrown the puzzle. Whatever the case may be, the puzzles are no longer wanted. Rather than throw them away, consider using them as a craft material for your children. Jigsaw puzzle face characters are a fun way to recycle old jigsaw puzzles plus you have the added incentive and enjoyment that can come only from crafting with recycled materials. Crafting with recycled materials is very satisfying. It allows a crafter to create something out of what others perceive as nothing and when the project has served its purpose the crafter can throw it in the recycling or trash knowing that they have not added additional materials to the landfill by making something from a new product.


  • Old big-sized jigsaw puzzle, or puzzle with missing pieces
  • Flesh-toned craft paints
  • Adhesive (white glue or hot glue can be used)
  • Google eyes
  • Markers
  • Yarn for hair (optional)
  • Beads, sequins or other such items for jewelry
  • Clip-art hats or crowns sized appropriately and printed on card stock


  1. Sort your puzzle pieces. Pull out all the edge pieces that have protrusions on both sides to look like ears.
  2. Paint one-side of the puzzle piece flesh-toned (several coats may be necessary).
  3. Glue the google eyes onto the puzzle piece.
  4. Draw facial features using markers.
  5. Glue on the hair or hat.
  6. Embellish your character.

Make Yarn Hair For Your Puzzle Face Character

  1. Cut a piece of cardboard that is slightly wider than the length of hair you wish to make.
  2. Cut a long piece of yarn and tape it down along one edge of the cardboard strip.
  3. Wrap yarn around the cardboard strip until you have as much hair as you will want (the yarn on one-side of the cardboard strip will represent the amount of yarn on one side of the character’s face).
  4. Untape the long piece of yarn and tie it around the wound yarn. Knot it firmly.
  5. Cut the yarn off the cardboard strip along the edge opposite the knot.
  6. The tied section will be the part for your character’s hair. Glue the hair on. If the hair is long, tuck it behind your character’s ears.

Ideas And Suggestions

  • Have fun. Search the Internet for different styles of clipart hats. You can change the look of your characters dramatically just by the type of hat you put on them.
  • Be creative with your embellishments.
  • Use the characters as whimsical magnets on your refrigerator. If your character has yarn hair tucked behind their ears, it may be necessary to use something to boost the magnet away from the back of the face (the example faces have an old backgammon piece glued to the back)