Last week we finished up all of our Thanksgiving festivities, and I am in total shock that it’s now DECEMBER?!!! Crazy!
With two little boys, there was absolutely no way I was setting foot into a retail store on Black Friday, so I did some online shopping, and then our family went to get a delicious Hibachi dinner. After dinner, we stopped to pick up a fresh and festive Christmas Tree! The kids were super excited and we couldn’t wait to get it home.
Ohhhhhh the pine needles….they.are.every.where. But that’s neither here nor there, and comes with the territory of a real Christmas tree!
While we were at the Christmas Tree stand, I noticed that the were using a chainsaw to cut the tree stumps down a bit. What was happening was nothing short of awesome for my crafty little brain….I saw tons of fresh wood tree slices on the ground!! YAY!
I grabbed a bunch (yes, yes, I did.) and took them home to decide what to make with them. I decided on making homemade Christmas ornaments and I’m very pleased with how they came out!
As a side note, I did have to bake the fresh wood slices to make sure they were free from bugs and creatures before crafting with them. I also sanded them down a bit by hand to smooth out any rough edges.
Here’s how I made my beautiful homemade Christmas ornaments with the fresh wood slices from our Christmas tree…
DIY Family Photo on Wood Slice
Homemade Christmas Ornaments
-pen or pencil
Optional: Dremel Multipurpose Tool Kit for Wood Burning
First, you’ll trace the outline of your wood slice onto the plain sheet of paper. Then, use your scissors to cut the outline out.
Next, line up the paper on top of your family photo, and trace again over the portion of the photo you would like displayed on the ornament. Again, use your scissor to cut that piece of your photo out.
Now comes the fun part! Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the wood slice and press your photo down onto the slice. You’ll want to leave this to dry for at least 15-20 minutes. I recommend putting something heavy on top of it to make it stick to the wood very well. (Tip – I put a paper plate in between my ornament and the heavy weight while it was drying)
Once the Mod Podge has dried, you’ll paint another thin layer over the front of your photo. The Mod Podge will apply white, and dries clear.
Once that’s dry you can also spray a coat of Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer on top for extra protection of your homemade Christmas ornaments.
Now, you’ll screw on a little screw eye hook (I got mine in a picture hanging kit we had in the house). Add on a piece of string or twine, and that’s it! You now have a gorgeous homemade Christmas ornament!
Optionally, you can also use a Dremel Multipurpose Tool Kit to burn the date or a message into the wood on the other side of your photo. I absolutely adore this touch since it looks like a carving into a tree (which it essentially is!)
Happy Holidays to you and your families!
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