Are you guys getting into the season, yet? I know it’s still November… but I can’t help but let the holiday cheer start to creep in. I’m working on an advent calendar for Maya, and am thinking about getting our faux tree out pretty soon. Bring it on, Christmas! One thing I HAVE already done is to make up a new batch of DIY wood slice ornaments that have a chalkboard style look.
Here is what you need to get started:
// blank wood slices (I have personally bought from this Etsy seller was pleased with the quality and look of the wood slices)
// chalkboard paint
// white permanent paint pen
// baker’s twine (I like black and white, but there are lots of colour options!)
Step 1 // If your wood slices don’t have little holes pre-drilled into them, then use a drill to make small holes along the top of your wood slice.
Step 2 // Paint a circle background of chalkboard paint on your wood slice. I find it easiest just to free-hand this, rather than tracing a circle shape and trying to stick within the lines. Doesn’t have to be perfect!
Step 3 // Once the chalkboard paint has dried, decide on the message or design you want. Use a pencil to create your design first if you are nervous about free-handing, and then simply use your paint pen to apply your design! Paint pens make it much faster and easier than having to use white paint and a paintbrush, and it gives that chalkboard look but in a permanent way.
Step 4 // Run some baker’s twine through your hole, tie a knot, cut off the excess, and bam. Some seriously cute ornaments.
I did a few different designs. Generic ones like “Joy to the world” and “merry & bright”, but also some personalized ornaments that would make really sweet gifts. Know someone who bought their first home this past year? Do the “My First Home 2015” ornament. Was there a baby born in 2015? Make an ornament for his or her first Christmas! I also had fun doing the little map print of Ottawa. Just google the outline of a particular city/province/state/country and copy it, add a heart, and write the place name.
The chalkboard look is rustic and sweet, but since they are permanent you don’t have to worry about the designs rubbing off. I have found that I didn’t need to seal it with anything and they don’t chip or scuff.
Cute, right? These make really sweet little gifts or stocking stuffers. I have also attached them before to the top of a gift – kind of like a gift tag – which totally takes your gift up a notch.
If you’re looking for more design inspiration, check out these painted wood slice ornaments I made a few years ago. They were way more colourful and had fun geometric patterns, and I still love them!
Looking for more handmade gift ideas? Check out what my blogger girlfriends have been up to. Some really good ideas in here!
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Have fun! Let me know what handmade gifts you’re up to. Or any other Christmas ornament ideas. I want to make some with Maya this year!
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