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

December 05, 2017
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
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  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!

  2. Your ornament looks great! Great idea!

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


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