If you know me you know that I love going to thrift stores. I love finding new ideas or new ways to use items from thrift stores in my decor or to find a new use for the item. I find it hard sometimes to pay full price for something that I know I can either make myself or that I could get at a thrift store. So, this easy Christmas craft is no different. I had puzzle pieces leftover from the puzzle piece reindeer that I did a couple years ago, and I wanted to have a new fun and easy project to do with the kids.
Supplies Needed for Christmas
- Art canvases (any size will do)
- old puzzle pieces (these are great to get from a thrift store!)
- Green, black, and copper spray paint
- red (or other colored) pom poms
- Paint pens
The first step will be to paint the canvas a solid color of any color you’d like. I chose copper and black, but you could leave it white. There really are so many possibilities.
Next will be to paint all your puzzle pieces. I chose a traditional green but you could also do a different shade of green or paint your puzzle pieces a non-traditional color.
I laid all the puzzle pieces out on a piece of cardboard and sprayed them with my favorite spray paint. I love Colorshot spray paint because it covers so nicely and has great intense colors, and their color names are super fun. (This is not a sponsored post, I just love to share the products I love so much.)
Once all the puzzle pieces were painted and the canvases were painted I had the kids help. In order to have an idea of where the wreath would be I traced a couple of different size bowls onto the canvases with a white crayon.
I had them glue one layer of the green pieces down first and then let this dry. We then did a second layer of pieces after this had tried.
For the holly berries, I just went into my craft stash and found some pom-poms. You could also use puff paint or just regular acrylic paint to add the holly berries.
We also decided that one needed a bow, so we use some ribbon to make a bow. And then to finish it off I had them write words on the bottom. This is where they get to be creative! I gave them suggestions of Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Seasons Greetings. But I also thought Santa Claus is Coming to Town or use part of a Christmas song lyric.
I love the paint pens because they are easy for the kids to use as it is just really a big marker. These paint pens are also from ColorShot.
We decided to gift these to their grandparents so they could have something to display in their Christmas decorations for years to come. And the kids get to see their art from 1st and 3rd grade!