Thursday, December 19, 2013

Puzzle Piece Christmas Crafts

 


So back in October, I welcomed fall into my home with a puzzle piece pumpkin frame and it was a big hit.  I showed how this simple preschool craft could accent a photo or a phrase and become a whimsical home d├ęcor accent.

At Thanksgiving, I framed names printed on cardstock and made pretty pumpkin place cards...and now it's Christmas, oh the fun I am having with these puzzle pieces during this season!

As I mentioned in the earlier posts, the basic puzzle piece premise lends itself to virtually anything the imagination can dream up. Projects can be big or small, for the kid's classroom or displayed among fine china. It's all up to you!

The process is very basic. Paint pieces, glue to a base shape, decoupage to seal and decorate! I make my shapes out of old cereal boxes and paint them in my base color.  Sometimes, I vary the piece sizes and mix different shades of the same color to add some interest. I use craft paint and get messy fingers, but spray paint works well, too.  The process is extremely simple and very, very forgiving. 




This Christmas I made wreaths and trees and have used them in a variety of ways. 
 
 
 
 
I love to embellish packages with the unexpected ~ I'm looking for more than just a bow!

 
 
 
These puzzle piece shapes are perfect!  They can be used alone or with a photo or stamped picture framed inside. Replace the picture with a name and it's a fabulous gift tag! Add a small ribbon hanger and your gift recipient gets an ornament as well ~ two treats instead of one! 
 

 
 
So how do they look on the tree? Fabulous! I made two ornaments, but again, the possibilities are endless. Make a simple picture ornament or upcycle old Christmas cards by framing pretty scenes inside a puzzle bell, wreath, tree or angel shape.  Glue on a few buttons, add glitter or ribbon and totally transform the basic shape, to create a very unique item.
 
 
 
 
I used a few gold and brown pieces to craft a star and trunk on my painted tree.  Then I glued on some curling ribbon I had left over from my yarn trees and voila, a pretty handmade ornament!



A couple of buttons and a ribbon transform this tiny green circle into something special for the season.


 
I wanted to add a photo to this one, but again, I could not get approval from anyone who lives here! That's okay though, I really do love Santa!
 
Which is why there is a special place at our table for him! ;)
 
 
 
 
I have stated this many, many times before, but I am all about easy projects and it doesn't get any easier than this one! It's an oldie, but goodie and offers up so many opportunities to make a truly personal treasure during the holiday season whether you are two or a hundred and two!  How can you pass it up?
 Merry Christmas!
 
What will you make?
 
 

12 comments:

  1. USING I just love fun crafts like this! I received a wreath as a gift on e, and I loved that it was made from puzzle pieces. It is one of my favorite ornaments!

    xo

    Sheila

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    1. Sheila, I just love the idea, too! It's been around forever, but I still can't resist! :)

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    1. Thanks Pernilla~ Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  3. Clever. Simple. Cute, Inexpensive. Did I say cute? Yeah, I like it. A lot. Pinning this one, Kim. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Nancy! I love getting pinned! ;)

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  4. I love each of the shapes, but I think my favorite is the wreath. I have a bunch of puzzles in the garage so I can definitely make some wreaths.

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    1. It really is a fun way to use up those old pieces! I bet you could make some really cute alphabet shapes, too! ;)

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  5. How cute! We used to make those when I taught elementary. :)

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    1. Stacy, I totally stole it from my classroom, too ~ when I taught preschool, kindergarten and grade 1! It is a really old idea, but they're so charming I still make them! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Diana! It's always fun to get pinned! :) Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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