Homemade ornaments are the best! I grew up making salt-dough ornaments with my siblings and those were always the favorite ornaments to hang on the tree. We may have fought a little over who got to hang the cinnamon roll ornament every year :)
If you're not into making huge messes with salt-dough, you can give wood slice ornaments a try this year. They are very simple and relatively clean. Plus they are right on-point with the rustic holiday trends! Gotta love that style!
Read below to learn how to make your own customized family wood slice ornaments.
- Wood Slices (2 1/2 inch)
- Wallet Size Photos
- Drill or Dremel Tool
- Modge Podge
- Foam Brush
Step 1: Drill a hole at the top of each ornament.
Although you can do this step later on, I prefer to drill the holes in the wood slices before I do anything else. You can avoid having to drill through a photo that way. These holes will be used for the string that will hold your ornaments on the tree, so don't miss this important step!
If you have a drill, use a drill bit with a small diameter. You can use a dremel tool too- that's what I used.
Step 2: Cut your wallet-sized photos to fit your wood slices.
You can lay the wood slices on top of your photos and trace an outline to get a good fit. Trim the photos so that they are slightly smaller than the outer edge of your wood slices.
Step 3: Modge Podge it!
With a foam brush, apply a layer of modge podge to the wood slice. Then lay your cut photo on top of it. Press down for about ten seconds to make sure the photo adheres to the wood slice well. Wait a few minutes to dry, then apply another layer of modge podge on top of the photo to seal and protect it.
Step 4: Poke a Hole.
Once the modge podge is dry, you can use a pencil to poke through the photo to the hole at the top if your photo covers the hole.
Step 5: Cut the string.
Cut your string to 5-6 inches long, thread it through the hole at the top of the ornament and then tie the ends together. Simple!
Step 6: Date it! (Optional)
Use a sharpie to write a special message or date on the back of the ornament. One day I dream of getting a wood-burning-tool so I can burn the date into the back. That would be awesome!
I made a few batches of these to give to the parents and in-laws as gifts this year. I think they will be a hit!