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Make your own wood slice ornaments quickly with a variety of different craft mediums. Beautiful and rustic natural Christmas decorations for cheap!
It’s that time of year when I start thinking about making Christmas ornaments! Since my kids were little, I have always given them an ornament for Christmas that represented what they were into that year.
The first few years I always bought Hallmark ornaments but then I decided it was getting too expensive. Plus it was hard to get one that really would fit their personality.
So the past 5 years I have made them personalized ornaments for much cheaper and they come out so much cuter. I showed you how I made DIY personalized glitter ornaments and then the next year we made floating Christmas ornament and buffalo plaid handmade ornaments without a cutting machine.
This past year I was going for more natural Christmas decorations so I decided to make them cute wood slice ornaments. These are probably the easiest and cheapest ones I’ve made!
The great thing is you can make wood slice ornaments in so many different ways. I hosted a craft party making ornaments, and the wooden slices were a big hit. My friends came up with all sorts of way to personalize their ornaments.
Materials Needed for Wood Slice Ornaments
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- wood slices – I used these from Amazon (it’s a nice pack of 30 so you can make some for friends!)
- paint – acrylic or chalk paint – whatever you have on hand
- paint markers (optional)
- Cricut and adhesive vinyl (optional)
- fabric and mod podge (optional)
How to Make Painted Ornaments
As I said before, there are so many options with these wood slices. You can leave them with the bare wood and have very natural Christmas decorations by just adding a Christmas vinyl decal and bow from the Dollar Store.
For my kiddos’ ornaments, I painted them first with acrylic paint.
Let the paint dry. I have a Cricut and love using it for these kinds of projects. But if you don’t have one, you can always use paint markers and draw on them or even better use the pencil transfer method as I used in my wood slice budget Christmas decor.
I used Cricut Design Space to design files for what my kids were in to. I cut most of them out with adhesive vinyl, but for my daughter’s book blog logo and the bulldog, I printed it on printable sticker paper. I applied the vinyl with transfer tape.
If you need help in Cricut Design Space, I have quite a few video tutorials in my CDS 101 series that might be helpful.
Other Ways to Decorate Wood Slices
For this wooden ornament, I cut out a circle with fabric and glued it down with mod podge. Once it dried I applied the vinyl decal. Again if you don’t have a cutting machine, you could always cut a printed image or saying out and glue that on top with more mod podge.
Another option would be to use a wood-burning tool. I’m not the best at using one yet, so I don’t have any tutorials on one yet!
You could have your kids use stickers or color whatever they want with Sharpies. Possibilities are endless!
I have a huge roundup of over 150 DIY Christmas ornaments that has an entire section on wooden ornaments. Make sure to go check it out!
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Thanks so much for stopping by and please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a creative day and wonderful holiday season,