Today's ornament story began a while ago, back here in February, when I received several puzzle pieces in a package from my bloggy friend Melissa. I'm fairly certain it was a bit of an unspoken crafty challenge on her part, eh Melissa? Like: "What can you make with these, Michele?" Well, I finally took the bait, 9 months hence, and here's the concoction I mixed up...
Tutorial ❉ Puzzle Piece Angel Ornaments
You will need: old large-ish puzzle pieces, fine grit sandpaper (I used 220), large sewing needle, pencil, fine tip marker, liquid acrylic paints, small paintbrush, gold dimensional paint (optional for halos), small piece of cardboard, glue, pair of scissors, pretty string for hangers.
The puzzle pieces I used are the ideal size for ornaments at about 3 inches by 3 inches square (7.5cm x 7.5cm). Out of the pieces Melissa sent, I chose some that resembled little people: with heads, arms and legs.
To start, I sanded the fronts of the pieces with fine-grit sandpaper (220 grit). I sanded lightly to remove only the ink and not the layer of paper underneath. The sanding gives your puzzle pieces a lovely distressed look but, more importantly, the slightly roughed-up surface will hold on to paint and marker famously.
Then I used a large needle to pierce a hole in all their heads. I know that sounds slightly horrific and everything, but they are angels after all...
So once I did that... um, I took out my pencil and very lightly drew the angelic details on each piece. I drew on hair, eyes, a dress with collar, wings, skinny arms, and a halo. Once I was happy with my design, I re-traced the pencil lines with a fine tip Sharpie (a.k.a. a marker).
Then I took out my liquid acrylics and painted the other-worldly hair, dresses and collars. While I waited for the paint to dry, I made some little stars out of cereal box cardboard, and gave each a gold finish in liquid acrylic.
The stars, once dry, were then glued to the "hands", and a halo of gold dimensional paint dots was added to each head. And lastly, I added the hangers.
Find the first installment in the "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Ornament Series" here!