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DIY Wood Slice Ornaments

If you are looking to add a nice reminder of the reason for the season to your tree, with some farmhouse charm, wood slice ornaments are perfect! You can easily customize these, or use them as a nice final touch to a gift.

Wood Slice Ornaments are a great project for a beginner ~ but they yield impressive results. With just a few steps, and the right tools, you can have a beautiful ornament, or series of ornaments, for your tree! Instead of going all out and spending tons of money on new ornaments to update your tree, creating some of your own is really so easy! You could even use branches from your own yard!

The holidays are my favorite time to craft. I love using my cutting machine to create intricate designs that add a nice touch to my gift wrapping and gift giving. Also, it’s a great time to create some personalized gifts! With all the font options for Silhouette or Cricut, it’s easy to create a hand lettering look with vinyl!

With a large family, and people at church to gift, I often find myself making several of the same gift. Like most people, we are very busy over the holidays, and taking the simple and convenient way when it comes to gift making is a must for my family. Hence this project….I purchased pre sliced and pre drilled ornaments from the craft store, downloaded a free SVG file for personal use, and bam. I was cutting and weeding and making wood slice ornaments in no time. I don’t have the hand lettering skills that I would like to have, and honestly, I don’t have a ton of time to always tweak and create a personalized design for every.single.gift.

So it’s okay to take the convenient way….especially when you have beautiful vinyl and all the right tools to make it happen.

For this design, I searched for “free Christmas ornament SVGs”, and downloaded the one I liked best. I really wanted something with keeping Christ in Christmas, and this design was perfect! You can easily create your own design with the beautiful script fonts that are available to download for your machine!

Wood Slice Ornaments are so pretty, and I think they add a nice traditional look to a Christmas tree. With the use of the StyleTech Craft Metalized Vinyl, it gives them a little shine without too much glitz.

Supplies for Wood Slice Ornaments:

  • Wood Slices {you can cut these yourself, or buy a package at the craft store}
  • Vinyl Cutting Machine
  • Style Tech Craft Metalized Vinyl
  • Weeding hook, burnishing tool, scissors
  • White Matte finish craft paint & paintbrush
  • Transfer Tape
  • Mod Podge

How to Make Wood Slice Ornaments

First, paint your wood slices and set them aside to dry. For this project, I left a few with natural wood.

Second, create your design in your software. You can use a simple word such as “joy”, “merry”, “merry & bright”, etc. Or, upload a design you love! Size your design to fit your wood slice. Mine were slightly less than a 2″x2″ circle.

Then, send your design to cut. I like to send my metalized vinyl through twice, so it’s a super clean cut and easy to weed.

Remove your vinyl from the cutting mat, and begin weeding. Since this is a small, intricate design, I cut my designs from the vinyl individually before I began weeding.

To transfer your design to your ornament, add some transfer tape to the top of the design, and gently peel off the white backing. Position it on the wood slide, and use the burnishing tool to assure it is adhered well to the wood slice.

Starting at the corner, and gently peeling back at an angle, remove the transfer tape. Finish your design by adding a thin coat of Mod Podge on the top to seal it.

Note: I do not always add Mod Podge on a design. However, when working with wood, I have found that often this helps the design to last longer.

These beautiful wood slice ornaments look great on your tree! Or, tie them to gifts for an extra special touch!

Wood slice ornaments are SO easy to personalize, as well. You could create a monogram, or add a wedding date and last name for a newly married couple celebrating their first Christmas together!


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