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DIY wood slice ornaments - the sweetest digs

the christmas crafties: DIY wood slice ornaments

18th December 2013

Every year I like to make Christmas ornaments. I grew up getting one from my parents’ every Christmas, and I usually did a handmade one or two (or five!) 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.

Before I left for Florida, I wanted to whip out some ornaments for this year. 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 off etsy (from this shop).

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).

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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! Haha!DSC_1214

I used some jute string I had leftover from other projects to loop through the holes.
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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.DSC_1212

Here they all are. Cute, right? DIY wood slice ornaments - the sweetest digs

And a bit of a closer look at each one…DSC_1239

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

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

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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! 

the christmas twig “tree”

19th December 2012

We haven’t done a Christmas tree this year (I know – grinchy!), so I had to come up with a different idea for some sweet ornaments that I had ready to hang somewhere. The alternative? A twig “tree” in a vase. I was originally going to just grab some twigs from one of our trees outside, but then I came across these faux pussy willow stems at the dollar store. I thought they might turn out to be rather pretty, so I shelled out 3 bones and grabbed a couple.

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First up was to place the stems in a tall vase (sorry for the crappy light time lighting – it gets dark too early these days!).

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Then you just hang your ornaments. This two-step “project” reeeeally doesn’t require much!

I didn’t pull out all of our ornaments (they are stashed away in a tupperware bin in the garage), but these few crafty ones are totally quaint.pussy willow 4

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Just a little splash of christmas for our pad. It’s feeling downright festive now with the decorations we’ve added (without pulling out our huge tupperware) – mason jar snow globes, a rustic chic wreath, and other recycled decorations from years past. It’s a Christmas miracle! Ha.

Doing any last minute decorating at your place? Done all of your holiday prep? Still have anyone left to buy/make a gift for? We just mailed out our Christmas cards (hopefully they make it in time!) and have all the gifts ready. Still some wrapping to do, but we’re getting there!