Minnesota Floor Puzzle Piece Re-Purposed As A Christmas Tree Ornament

This is a piece from a United States Floor Puzzle I found at a local thrift shop.

It's not wood.  It's pressed paper, but since it's a floor puzzle piece, it's a nice size for an ornament.


The puzzle has been well used and some of the pieces have been taped together.

First I painted the back and front of my Minnesota puzzle piece with Dutch Boy Chalky Paint in Antiquated Lace.  I purchased the chalk paint knock off at our local Menards.  It has to be mixed.

I just had a dab of paint left in the bottom of my paint can, and it was a little gritty. Once I give my puzzle piece a quick sanding with 150 grit sandpaper, it will be smooth.

Next I pulled out my *Old Sign Stencils Buffalo Check Stencil.  

I LOVE this stencil!  Perfect for Minnesota.

Since my ornament is going on a pretty neutral tree, I used Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Trail Tan for stenciling on my Antiquated Lace base coat.

I used my FolkArt Layering Wood Block with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Walnut Noyer to faux distress the edges of the puzzle piece ornament.

I drilled three holes in the puzzle piece.  

One for the ornament hanger, and the bottom two to attach a Spare Parts Tag Holder from Hobby Lobby.

The Spare Parts tag holders are actually made for paper crafts so I was able to use the brads included.

When I use the tag holders with wooden projects, I use nails or screws.

I sealed the paint and stencils with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural, applied with a paper towel.  This wax is pretty easy to apply and will be good enough to seal an ornament.

Minnesota Puzzle Piece Repurposed as a Christmas Tree Ornament www.organizedclutter.net
I then created a tag on Picmonkey, and printed it on card stock with my inkjet printer.

Minnesota Puzzle Piece Repurposed as a Christmas Tree Ornament www.organizedclutter.net
I used an ornament wire through the top whole for hanging.  

Minnesota Puzzle Piece Repurposed as a Christmas Tree Ornament www.organizedclutter.net
I think it's a fun state pride idea for a Christmas tree ornament!  It's certainly unique, and it includes my favorites, Minnesota, a buffalo check stencil and metal tag holders!
Minnesota Puzzle Piece Repurposed as a Christmas Tree Ornament www.organizedclutter.net

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I can make many more state ornaments too!

Upcycled Thrifted Bookends with Paint & Stencils www.organizedclutter.net
These bookends were done with the same paint, stencils, and tag holders, here.

Other Minnesota State Pride Projects:
Upcycled Thrifted Picture with Paint & Stencils www.organizedclutter.net

Minnesota Stenciled HOT DISH Sign www.organizedclutter.net

Thrifted Toolbox to State Pride Decor www.organizedclutter.net

Thrifted Tray to State Pride Decor www.organizedclutter.net

Thrifted Wooden Salad Plates to Christmas Decor www.organizedclutter.net





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3 comments:

  1. You are simply amazing! You have such a good eye for making trash into treasure. I love seeing what you do with stuff. I am amazed at how you see these things in your mind. Love your blog!

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  2. Your ornament looks great! Great idea!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  3. I love the idea of turning those puzzles into ornaments!

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