How to Make a Puzzle Christmas Ornament

Make a Puzzle Christmas Ornament

I bought this puzzle of Luke Skywalker gazing at the setting twin suns over Tatooine at Goodwill, so I didn’t let myself get too broken-hearted when my family and I put it together and discovered that it had SIXTEEN missing pieces!

But even with sixteen missing pieces, I still love Luke Skywalker too much to subject him to his rightful fate at the hands of our Family Puzzle Policy; instead, I recycled only the landscape bits (So. Much. BROWN!), kept the box with the image for another project, and made my awesome sweetheart Luke into a puzzle Christmas ornament.

I think it turned out WONDERFULLY, and here’s how you can make your own!

1. Coat both sides of the puzzle with Mod PodgeMod Podge, of course, is the favorite weapon of all puzzle enthusiasts. Coat the top of the puzzle with it, let it dry, then turn it over and coat the back:

puzzle Christmas ornament

This time, put a piece of waxed paper over the Mod Podge, then something heavy on top of the waxed paper until the glue is dry; otherwise, the puzzle will curl.

2. Frame the ornament. With the puzzle face up, frame out your ornament (I’m using a cookie cutter), and trace around it with a pencil.

puzzle Christmas ornament

3. Cut out the ornament. Use an x-acto knife to cut out the ornament. You’ll need to take a few passes, but the cardboard isn’t super dense and so won’t require a lot of muscle to cut.

4. Embellish the cut edges (optional). If you’d like, you can run a metallic Sharpie or a little paint around the cut edges of the ornament, just to make it a little more decorative.

puzzle Christmas ornament

5. Add a hole for hanging. Use an awl or sewing needle to carefully poke at hole near the top of the puzzle ornament. Attach your favorite ornament hanger, and you’re done!

You can also make a puzzle Christmas ornament that highlights your own artwork–just embellish that plain back, and you’ll have a custom piece!

P.S. Don’t forget the other ways that you can upcycle a puzzle!

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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