Handmade Puzzle Piece Ornaments (Holiday Craft)

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DIY Ornament with puzzle

I’m a big fan of easy handmade ornaments to make with the kids. They are always such fun keepsakes to put on the tree throughout the years. Here’s a really cute and frugal idea that you can make with dollar store items. You can change the colors, embellishments, and add glitter if you’d like. This would be a fun class art project or group activity.

For this craft, you’ll need:

  • medium sized puzzle pieces (Snow flake=6 pieces, Reindeer=5 pieces, Wreath=17 pieces)
  • white spray paint
  • glue (tacky craft glue or hot glue)
  • Snowflakes will need a one inch wide cardboard circle in white
  • craft embellishments (glitter, sequins, googly eyes, buttons, etc)
  • small ribbon or string to hang

    How to make Puzzle Piece Ornaments Hip2Save


  1. Spray paint both sides of the puzzle pieces and let dry.
  2. Snowflake: Glue three pieces equally spaced apart to the cardboard circle. Flip it over and glue three more pieces as shown. Loop a piece of thin ribbon and glue to hang.
  3. Reindeer: Glue two “antler” pieces to a “head” piece and repeat for the other “antler”. Glue eyes and a nose. Loop a ribbon and glue to hang.
  4. Wreath: Glue about 18 pieces into a circular shape. Add embellishments. You can also personalize this and glue a photo to the back. Loop a ribbon and glue to hang.

handmade ornament from puzzle pieces Hip2Save

This year, we decorated a tiny tree especially for the kid’s handmade ornaments along with popcorn garland. It’s so cute! Thanks Lisa’s craft blog for the snowflake idea!

 Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 
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Comments 16

  1. Jennifer

    Cute and could use some old Dollar Tree puzzles for this–great idea!!!

  2. jennifer

    These are so cute! I have tons of puzzles that the kids have lost pieces to that need a purpose and we always make ornaments for the tree each year. Thanks Lina and Collin!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great! I know perfect for those puzzles with lost pieces 🙂

  3. terri

    Wonderful idea for reuse! Very green!!

  4. Kat

    If anyone’s not using their $15/$50 Sephora email/mailer can I have it? Transcendencebq@gmail.com
    Thank u!

  5. Linda Williamson

    These make great school picture frames for an ornament. My kids made them in the first grade and I still hang them every year

    • JA

      My kids both made these in Kindergarten. I put magnets on the back and hang them on the fridge.

    • Mickie

      Mine did this in kindergarten as well, very cute!

  6. Angie

    How does it work with kids and the spray paint? Do you let the kids do it? I am also concerned about the fumes. How would it be done in a classroom?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No you would do that detail before and bring the puzzle pieces already painted and dried 🙂

    • JA

      I’m pretty sure they glued it together first, let it dry and then painted it the next day. The holly berries were made with red glitter glue.

      • JA

        Painted with brushes I should add, no spray paint involved.

  7. Sandra

    If you use puzzles that have a lot of green in them ( grass, trees, leaves,etc.) you can build 3 layers in a circle around a school picture to make a wreath ornament or fridge magnet. Add holly berries with red t shirt paint.

  8. Mona

    This is one the neatest ideas I have seen. Will definitely try my hand at this one. Thanks for all you do.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh how sweet! You are welcome.

  9. PatriciaGarza

    I think painting them primary colors and make a big wreath for autism

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