DIY Wood Ornaments — Blogmas Day 5

On blogmas day 2 I talked about gift giving on a budget (I will link it here for you), as a fulltime student and part-time worker that is something I’m going to try to follow throughout the holidays. I’ve been making homemade wood ornaments and cross-stitches as gifts for my family and friends. For blogmas day 5 I’m going to walk you through making your own wood ornaments!

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What you’ll need:

  • A wood burning pen (you can find them at Michaels, Wal-Mart, Amazon etc.)
  • Circular slabs of wood (I use birch but I’m sure you can use other types; size can range as long as they’re thick in width)
  • Acrylic paint, I have some metallic colours too that look really nice on the wood
  • Paint brushes
  • Small metal screw-in hoops
  • Pliers
  • Twine

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To start off, pick your design, you can find something off Pinterest or choose your own design but whatever you do I would recommend outlining it lightly with a pencil. Turn on your wood burning pen and be careful!! The metal heats up quickly and it gets very hot. Choose the detailing tip you would like to use to start your design, I find the rounded tip is the easiest to work with. Once your pen is hot you can start tracing the outline that you drew out. It’s best to use long slow strokes to get a fluid line with the pen, if you leave the pen on the one spot for too long it’ll burn a deeper line/circle in the wood and will leave your lines uneven.  You can use the pen to shade in darker parts of the design or you can use acrylic paint to decorate! Changing your detailing tip can help add different textures to your design but use your pliers to switch them off because, like I said before, the pen gets very very hot!!

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To make your wood design into an ornament screw in your metal hoops to the top of the ornament so that your design sits straight when it’s hanging. I used a wooden spoon to hammer the hoops into the wood but if you have a hammer that’ll probably work better. You could also drill a hole into the top of the wood and pull your twine through if you prefer that style! Tie the twine into a loop and that’s it! You have your very own wood ornament! These are super fun to make and easy once you get the hang of it!

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I hope this DIY inspires you to make some of your own ornaments!

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