DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments

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DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments

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I love rustic decor and today I am sharing a quick post on some DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments I recently made. These would also make for great gifts!

Please visit my updated, more in-depth tutorial about making wood slice ornaments, with new printable designs by clicking HERE.

Take a look at how to make your own DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments! Plus FREE Printables to use for easy image transfer! UpcycledTreasures.com

DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments

For this project I used some leftover slices from our Save the Date magnets, and then some birch logs I bought with a coupon at Michael’s a couple weeks ago. Of course you could slice up some branches or logs you already have on hand, or even purchase the pre-sliced wood slices.

Take a look at how to make your own DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments! Plus FREE Printables to use for easy image transfer! UpcycledTreasures.com

Take a look at how to make your own DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments! Plus FREE Printables to use for easy image transfer! UpcycledTreasures.com

First, Eric sliced the wood using our Ryobi Compound Miter Saw {which is awesome!}. I then lightly sanded the sides with 400 grit paper and inserted eye hooks into the top, which we had left over from our DIY wedding wands. I was originally going to drill holes into them, until I came across this genius tip via Becoming Martha.

To make it easier to insert the eye hooks, I first created the hole with a thumbtack, and then twisted the eye hook in. I used pliers to twist them in all the way.

Take a look at how to make your own DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments! Plus FREE Printables to use for easy image transfer! UpcycledTreasures.com

Take a look at how to make your own DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments! Plus FREE Printables to use for easy image transfer! UpcycledTreasures.com

Afterwards I printed out some graphics I wanted to put on the slices, and used this transfer technique to “burn” the images onto the wood slices.

You can download some of the graphics I used on my ornaments at the bottom of this post.

If you can draw or have pretty handwriting you could skip this step and draw whatever you like on the slices. I then tied some twine around the eye hooks, sprayed on some clear sealer and voila, DIY wood slice ornaments!

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It was so easy and you can always go over them with sharpies or paint pens in festive colors to jazz them up a bit. I want to pick up some fine point metallic markers and then make some more of these, including one that says “our first Christmas”, being that this is our first Christmas as a married couple, woo-hoo! You could also make some easy Monogram ornaments to give as gifts. The possibilities really are endless.

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Take a look at how to make your own DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments! Plus FREE Printables to use for easy image transfer! UpcycledTreasures.com

Take a look at how to make your own DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments! Plus FREE Printables to use for easy image transfer! UpcycledTreasures.com

Take a look at how to make your own DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments! Plus FREE Printables to use for easy image transfer! UpcycledTreasures.com

So what do you think?

Take a look at how to make your own DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments! Plus FREE Printables to use for easy image transfer! UpcycledTreasures.com

You could even skip the eye hooks and twine, spray on some sealer and you you have Holiday drink coasters!

Click on the download button below to download some printable design transfers, which have already been reversed for your convenience. These are for personal use only and cannot be resold or re-distributed.

How to make your own DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments! Plus FREE #Printables to use for easy image transfer! UpcycledTreasures.com

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I have an updated, more in-depth tutorial about making wood slice ornaments, along with additional printable designs available here.

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73 Comments
  • these look awesome katie!!! sharing now!

    December 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm
    • Yay! Thanks Jocie! 🙂

      December 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm
      • nikki richter
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        I love the free printable designs, do you sell other printable designs for the ornaments?

        February 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  • These are so pretty, I love all the designs on them

    December 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm
  • JoeyfromSC
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    They look fantastic!! It does look easy..thanks for sharing! love your blog!!

    Happy Holidays!

    December 9, 2013 at 4:37 am
    • Thanks Joey! They were super easy and are now my favorite ornaments on the tree. So happy you stopped by to check them out 🙂

      December 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm
      • JoeyfromSC
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        Thanks! they are so nice!

        December 11, 2013 at 12:09 am
  • Wow!! I absolutely LOVE these ornaments!! What a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    December 9, 2013 at 11:34 am
  • I love the way these came out! I actually have one that is a slice of the bottom of our first tree together as a married couple. I put “Our First Christmas 2011” on it and called it a day. =]

    December 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm
  • Oh this is SO beautiful! Love the rustic look of these, just beautiful! Love the different messages and pictures you used on them, too! A set of these would make for such a great gift!

    December 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm
    • Thanks Maria, I hope our friends and family agree 🙂 I like to buy ornaments to go with the gifts but this is so much better, and waaaaay more affordable 🙂

      December 12, 2013 at 12:40 am
  • These ornaments look awesome. I love how beautiful they are on the tree.

    December 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm
  • Stopping in from Someday Crafts. Those are beautiful! Wonderful job! Charlie @pickledokra.blogspot.com

    December 11, 2013 at 10:02 am
  • WOW! I absolutely love these. The silhouette designs are amazing!

    Pinning now to my Crafty Christmas board, thank you so much for sharing!

    Happy Christmas 😀

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

    December 11, 2013 at 11:31 am
    • Yay, thanks Hannah! I’m so happy you stopped by to check them out 🙂

      December 12, 2013 at 12:41 am
  • I love these so much and already have them pinned. I hope you’ll share this on Thank Goodness It’s Thursday at http://www.jordansonion.blogspot.com/2013/12/thank-goodness-its-thursday-blog-party.html – the party is live now

    December 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    • Yay, thank you so much Jordan, I appreciate it 🙂 I linked up too so thanks for hosting!

      December 17, 2013 at 10:49 am
  • I had no idea it could be this easy. thank you!

    December 13, 2013 at 10:22 am
  • I totally and completely love these Katie and have been trying to talk my husband into cutting me some wood rounds- we have enough wood around here!! Maybe this weekend? Thanks for the tute- pinning!!

    December 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm
    • I’m so glad you like them! Aren’t wood slices awesome?! I made a ton of these babies in a short amount of time and they are definitely my favorite ornaments 🙂

      December 17, 2013 at 10:51 am
  • Absolutely adore these Katie! Such a great technique! Thank you for sharing with us at Monday Funday! 😉 Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs

    December 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  • Love those. We cut off the bottom of our Christmas tree and I have been trying to figure out what to do with it. I think it may be next years ornaments! Thanks for joining our Twirl and Take a Bow Party! Hope to see you again next week!

    December 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm
    • I think we are going to do the same thing to our tree this year, and then make one that says “our first Christmas Tree”. Runt mentioned doing this in a comment above and I LOVE the idea!

      December 17, 2013 at 10:53 am
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  • What a beautiful idea! I love how they turned out. I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers – and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free chandelier! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-diyers-42.html

    December 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm
  • Lani
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    I love these! I want to make them with a group of girls…do you think I can print the pages ahead of time or does the ink have to be fresh? So glad I found your blog. 🙂

    September 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm
  • Bridget jatho
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    I love your ideas! I had large branches we cut down from our pine trees and my husband cut small circles for rustic ornaments for me to create as well as angled off three logs for painted faces for yet another rustic decoration!!! I can’t wait to get started! Some long new growth from crepe myrtle trees will be the star atop our tree. Twisted with twine or multicolored jute or string, will be the finishing touch!! Pictures will be coming on pintrest!

    October 27, 2014 at 7:37 pm
  • David
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    Katie, I can’t for the the life of me figure out what I am doing wrong. Using both my inkjet printer (Officejet 6600) and one at my school, I am unable to get the images to transfer. I am following the directions to the letter, but no luck. What on earth am I doing wrong? Thanks

    November 16, 2014 at 9:25 pm
  • Love these. Making wood slice ornaments in one of the many projects on my very long “to do” list. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday.

    November 20, 2014 at 3:21 am
  • These are gorgeous! I hadn’t heard of using water to transfer the images. I can’t wait to try this.Pinned to my holiday ideas board.

    November 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm
  • Pichuskadas
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    Thanks for sharing… great job. Perfect ornament for this Christmas.

    November 24, 2014 at 10:13 am
  • I would love to know what kind of spray sealant you’re using! I am using natural cut wood of various types and sizes and have had some crack…. Even with a polyurethane sealant…

    December 1, 2014 at 8:53 am
      • I tried both, drying on its own worked better than drying in the oven. I’ve been told that linseed oil should keep them from cracking. I’m going to try that and see what happens.

        December 9, 2014 at 4:25 am
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  • coco
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    Pinned and shared on Facebook! These are so awesome! Thank you for the easy instructions and the printable 🙂

    December 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm
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  • These look so great! Can you share the dimensions of your designs? I’d like to make a custom design and wanted to double check the size.

    October 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm
  • Esther
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    these are so cute! I can’t wait to make some this year. I am wondering what font you used for JOY because I would love to create some of my own designs. Thanks

    December 13, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Sara Cyngot
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    I would love to use these as a craft for our Christmas activity for the women of our church. Would it be ok to use the designs for this purpose?

    August 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm
  • Glenda Moore
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    I am doing a red checkered and burlap table scape and this is going to be icing on the cake for take home gifts and a nice accent besides great idea and I need to get me some paper birch limbs
    thanks for the great idea to finish my thought on how to dress the table

    September 10, 2016 at 9:19 pm
  • Mary Grant Justin
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    Yep, that time of year again… Where did the time go. Quick question. I tried making these but using a stamp and then colored pencils to put some color into the design. When I covered with a satin sealer it turned my colors very, I mean very muted and seems hazy. Any suggestions on what to use for a top coat on these? Thanks!

    October 11, 2016 at 7:32 pm

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