When my daughter first started elementary school, I (over) enthusiastically put my name down as a volunteer for everything. Yes, I was that mom. Which is how I found myself as 1st grade “Room Parent”.
And as part of that gig, I was tasked with creating a classroom art project for the school’s Winter Arts Festival’s silent auction. Say what?! The challenge: create a project led by 6 and 7 year olds to warrant a few bids at the silent auction and earn $ for the school. Did I miss this in the job description write-up?!
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how to create a puzzle piece snowflake wreath
While this snowflake wreath was created with 25 wiggly first graders, it can be just as easily crafted with one coffee-drinking adult! Peruse the kids game collection or scour your local thrift store ’cause it’s time to put the pieces together.
– Puzzle pieces (I used a medium size puzzle piece)
– White spray paint + primer
– Glitter craft paint
– Mod Podge
– Craft glue (this is my go to fave glue)
– 1″ craft mirrors
– Popsicle sticks
– Craft scissors
– Cardboard wreath form (I used an 18″ size)
Puzzling Step #1:
Lay the puzzle pieces out on an old sheet and give each side a spray of paint + primer.
Puzzling Step #2:
Once dry, add glittery craft paint to the front of each little puzzle piece. Yes, this is a little time-consuming so put on a good TV show or some motivating music!
To add some variety and depth to the wreath, I glued some puzzle pieces together to make larger flakes.
Puzzling Step #3:
To make the job of adhering individual, glittery puzzle pieces together to form a snowflake shape, I cut cardstock circles on which to glue the pieces. Once all the snowflakes were glued together, a small 1″ craft mirror was added.
Puzzling Step #4:
Add some popsicle sticks for extra support to the large snowflakes. After giving the sticks a simple spray of white paint, I cut three sections out of one stick and glued them to the back of each snowflake. This is an optional step but I didn’t want pieces breaking off.
And while I had the spray can out, I gave my wreath form a coat of color as well. Once dry, I covered it with some of the glittery acrylic paint.
How to arrange the puzzle pieces snowflakes
Puzzling Step #5:
Now the fun part! Arranging your snowflakes onto the wreath form. Simply put, just glue and place. Once everything is set, add a layer of Mod Podge over the ‘flakes for extra security.
Puzzling Step #6:
I wound up with a couple extra snowflakes that couldn’t fit onto the wreath. So, I hung the last two snowflakes in the center by gluing fishing wire to the cardstock circle. I cut a second cardstock circle and sandwiched the fishing wire in the middle. The other end of the fishing wire was wrapped around the snowflake wreath form and hidden under the bow.