Hello friends! Here’s the gift I made this year for our church ladies. Yes! I’m posting it the same year in which I made them! That’s progress, eh? 🙂 This simple little ornament turned out better than I’d hoped, which was a blessing. I’ve come to expect things to go wrong when I try to make something! There were few snags, but nothing major. This is yet another idea I found on Pinterest, and, yet another idea that wasn’t explained very well for amateur crafters like myself. I wanted to share the idea in more detail than the original post.
I’ll go through and explain the project with photos. If you so desire, you can click the green button at the bottom of this post and choose to print all or part of this post, pictures or no pictures, whatever you like! It’s great!
Let’s get started!
First, gather your supplies:
- Newspaper and wax paper
- A cereal box or oatmeal box, called “gray-board”.
- Glue – I used both Elmer’s school glue and clear Tacky glue
- Sponge brushes
- Puzzle that has 1,000 pieces (this is important because I wanted the smaller puzzle pieces that come in that size puzzle).
- Acrylic Gesso paint. I’d never heard of it, but it can be purchased in the canvas painting section of the store.
- Iridescent glitter
Cut your cereal box so it lays flat.
Select a small, round object to use to trace a circle. I made my circles 1.5 inches in diameter. Trace circles onto the gray-board and cut them out.
Before we discuss the circles, let’s talk about puzzle pieces. I learned the hard way that you want only the puzzle pieces that have rounded ends. Notice, in the photo below, how every piece has a round piece on the narrow ends? Yes, that’s what we want.
Not these kinds of pieces:
See the difference? These pieces with flat sides are no good. They make your snowflakes look lopsided and weird. So, edge or corner pieces have to go. I made three ornaments with these pieces before I realized how funny it looked. I tossed them. I hope to spare you that time waste!
Okay, back to circles:
Put a circle of Elmer’s glue around edge of printed side of the gray-board circle, as seen above.
Arrange six of the right kind of puzzle pieces around the rim of the gray-board circle, printed side up. This is a slightly different arrangement than described in the original post. I tried her way and it didn’t look quite right to me, but feel free to experiment!
Allow this to dry. It should only take an hour or so.
Cover your work area with newspaper and get ready to paint! Yeehaw!
Get your sponge brush and Gesso paint. Lather on a thick layer over the top of the puzzle pieces. Be sure to cover up all the gray-board, too. You don’t have to be too careful here, just put it on any way you can.
Allow this to dry on wax paper. The wax paper prevents the ornament from sticking too much as it dries. You can gently peel it off the wax paper, unlike regular paper or newspaper, which sticks to the paint. Again, it should take a couple of hours.
Flip it over and coat the back of the ornament. This side should need only one thick coat of the Gesso.
Allow to dry.
Next, flip the ornament back over and paint on another coat of the Gesso. This time, as soon as the second coat goes on, sprinkle on the iridescent glitter. Allow to dry.
Turn the ornament over to the back. Fold a 6-8 inch piece of ribbon in half, and glue the ends onto the back of the ornament. Center the ribbon above one of the puzzle pieces. I used clear tacky glue for this part. Allow to dry.
Using a fine tip black Sharpie marker, write the year and/or your name on the back.
And you’re done! Hang and enjoy.