Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Ornament

autism awareness puzzle piece ornament

It wasn’t a difficult ornament to make, it doesn’t stand out as overly clever or original, but this puzzle piece ornament is meaningful. And meaningful ornaments are my favorite thing about our Christmas tree.

Both boys were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2018. While both have made significant progress from the dates of their diagnoses, autism is part of their lives, of our family’s life. And because our Christmas tree is full of ornaments that tell stories about our family, this puzzle piece ornament needed to be a part of our tree.

Making it was simple. The puzzle piece wood cutouts and letters came from Walmart. So did the craft paint and Mod Podge.

I painted 4 puzzle pieces in red, yellow, blue and green, then used hot glue to connect them. (I got rid of the extra glue strings before I added the letters.)

I painted the word “Loved” in white craft paint, then glued the letters across the puzzle pieces. I gave the entire ornament a coat of Mod Podge just to seal in the color. Last but not least, I glued a piece of ribbon to the back for hanging.

It’s one of my favorites to add to the tree each year. Do you love a child on the spectrum? A puzzle piece ornament might be the perfect addition to your tree. For more ornament ideas, check out the Seasonal Craft page!

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