DIY wood slice christmas ornaments

I love making Christmas ornaments. I grew up getting one from my parents’ every Christmas, and I usually did a handmade one or two (or five!) each year, too. I have quite the little collection, as you can imagine. Anyway, I have continued the tradition on in adulthood, and am now super psyched to start giving Maya ornaments and eventually having her make them too.

I had been itching to use wood slices for a project, and thought they would make perfect ornaments. I have started seeing these  pop up all over the place during the last week or two … seems that a lot of us had the same idea! Since we didn’t have a log to use, I bought some ready to go slices from the ‘Rachaels Scraps’ shop on Etsy.

How to make these easy DIY wood slice christmas ornaments

They were really nice and smooth, with rustic birch bark around the edges. We drilled a small hole at the top of each slice before getting started to loop some string through for hanging.


It was a super easy project. I just pulled out some acrylic paint, a small brush, and started playing. Some deer heads, some circles, some triangles …whatever! Please don’t mind the yogurt container and empty breastmilk bottle laying around…. this is a true representation of what the house can look like these days! #keepingitrealDSC_1214

I used some jute string I had leftover from other projects to loop through the holes.

And that was it! I didn’t bother with a sealer coat, as it was already too chilly outside to do any spraying. I also don’t think they need one, as they will only be pulled out and used for such a short time each year. [update 1 year later: it’s true! no sealer needed – none of these have chipped]DSC_1212

Cute, right? DSC_1239

The deer head ones I drew out in pencil before painting, while the circles and triangles I free-handed.DSC_1240


Oh and Maya’s ornament? This personalized one to commemorate her first Christmas.DSC_1242






Of all the ornaments I have made, I think these ones might be some of my favourite, for sure.

Are you guys making ornaments this year? Any favourites? I saw some folks do chalkboard paint on wood slice ornaments and they turned out super cute too. So many ideas on Pinterest – you can follow my Holiday board here

  • Amelia @ House Pretty Blog

    Such a sweet idea! I think the slices would look pretty on their own, too. Also, I love the idea of giving kids an ornament every year. Then they’ll have a nice little collection to get them started on their own family’s tree some day. Must do this for Hannah!

    • gemma

      Exactly!! I have such a stash of sentimental ornaments already – love decorating the tree with them and thinking about where they all came from!


  • Meredith

    Love those deer heads! Can’t believe you achieved them all before leaving for Florida – great organization. Thanks for the inspiration…. I still need to make some chalk label canisters from your last DIY :)

  • therobinstree

    Thanks for sharing these inspiring ideas! I can’t wait to start on my own ornaments now. :)

    I featured a link to this post on my ‘What Makes Me Happy Monday’ post:

    • gemma@thesweetestdigs

      Thanks Robin!!