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Hey, Friends! I have such a fun post for you today! I participated in a blogger Christmas ornament exchange! There are 47 bloggers participating this year! We paired up and created an ornament for each other for $15 or less, wrote a tutorial on how we made them for you all, then shipped them off to each other! How fun is that?!
And, better yet, I was paired up with the fabulous mother/daughter team 2 Bees in a Pod! I love Vicki and Jen–they are both so creative and do such a great job decorating their homes and are the sweetest people! You have to see how they use cobalt blue glass in their decor. It’s so gorgeous! It was so fun to make them something for their tree and I absolutely love the ornament they made for mine! Be sure to go see it here!
Meet all the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts
Alright, are you ready to see what I made? Vicki’s tree is a woodsy, lake style (see it here!), so I wanted something that coordinated with that style. I decided to go with a natural wood vibe and created hand lettered wood slice ornaments!
I picked up a package of wood slices, acrylic paints, and buffalo check ribbon from Hobby Lobby to get started.
I started by painting the insides of each wood slice white. I did not try to make this part perfectly round. Instead, I followed the natural circle in the wood. I think it adds character and keeps the ornament looking rustic.
Once the insides were painted, I typed out the words I wanted to paint in the font and size I needed, then printed them out. I cut them out and laid them on top of a scrap of transfer paper, then used a pen to outline the text. I used the exact same process that I used for my Lettered Wood Sign Tutorial, just on a smaller scale. Click here for the lettered sign tutorial!
I used my trusty liner brush to fill in the text with navy blue paint, then free handed the little stems. The stems were a last minute addition–I just thought the ornaments needed a little something extra. I love how they turned out! Again, I explained this step in more detail over on my sign tutorial, so check it out if you want liner brush tips!
To hang my ornaments, I screwed in small screw eyes for the ribbon to hang from. The wood slices were soft enough that I was able to just screw them in by hand, no tools needed. I found my screw eyes for just a couple dollars at Ace, but I couldn’t find them online. These look similar and are the same size, but are more expensive, so I’d recommend checking your local hardware store.
Finally, I strung my ribbon through the screw eyes and finished it off with a bow!
I think they turned out so cute! My friend Laura and I were talking the other day about saving slices from our Christmas tree trunks, but not knowing what to do with them. I think this would be such a fun thing to do with a slice from your Christmas tree trunk, maybe adding the date to the back and a special memory from that year!
What are your favorite DIY ornaments? I’d love to hear about them!
FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.