I’ve been on a wood kick lately.
All of those great wood pieces I’ve found at thrift stores got me in the groove and I’m a little happily stuck there now.
The DIY Wood Block Signs, Jenga Christmas Ornaments, and Wooden Serving Tray were all repurposed from thrift store finds, but these Christmas symbols ornaments started with a bag of birch rounds I spotted at Michael’s one day.
With wood on my radar, these cute little wood slices were more than I could resist.
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I’ve seen a few wood slice ornaments lately and wanted to make my own, so I bought the bag of birch rounds and grabbed my container of chalk paint…which I also seem to be addicted to lately. 🙂
How to Make Christmas Symbols Wood Slice Ornaments
First, I painted a single coat on the cut sides, leaving the bark unpainted.
I love the character of that papery bark and wanted to keep it natural and rustic.
Next – stencils.
I used the same ones I designed for the wood block signs but adjusted the size, making a small, medium, and large stencil with each Christmas symbol.
Want to learn to make your own stencils? Cricut Maker How To: DIY Stencils has the details.
These designs were small enough that I decided to use disposable vinyl stencils instead of reusable mylar.
It’s really a matter of preference. I like vinyl for smaller designs since they self-stick to the transfer surface and I don’t have to worry about taping them down on such a small area. Mylar would work as well though if you like to just hold a small stencil in place with your hand.
After you design and save a file, you can always go back later and cut any material you choose – and adjust the size for other projects. That’s just one reason I love making my own stencils!
I used black craft paint for the transfers for a nice crisp contrast.
Finally, I added small eye screws to the top of each ornament and strung a piece of jute twine through.
I added them to my mini Christmas tree with an easy wood (imagine that!) bead garland.
That sweet shy deer still enchants me.
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