DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments


I love rustic decor and today I am sharing a quick post on some DIY wood slice Christmas ornaments I recently made. These would also make for great gifts!

For this project I used some leftover slices from our Save the Date magnets, and then some birch logs I bought with a coupon at Michael’s a couple weeks ago. Of course you could slice up some branches or logs you already have on hand, or even purchase the pre-sliced wood slices.



First, Eric sliced the wood using our Ryobi Compound Miter Saw {which is awesome!}. I then lightly sanded the sides with 400 grit paper and inserted eye hooks into the top, which we had left over from our DIY wedding wands. I was originally going to drill holes into them, until I came across this genius tip via Becoming Martha.

To make it easier to insert the eye hooks, I first created the hole with a thumbtack, and then twisted the eye hook in. I used pliers to twist them in all the way.



Afterwards I printed out some graphics I wanted to put on the slices, and used this transfer technique to “burn” the images onto the wood slices.

Click Here to download some of the graphics I used on my wood slices. I have already reversed the graphics for you :)

If you can draw or have pretty handwriting you could skip this step and draw whatever you like on the slices. I then tied some twine around the eye hooks, sprayed on some clear sealer and voila, DIY wood slice ornaments!


It was so easy and you can always go over them with sharpies or paint pens in festive colors to jazz them up a bit. I want to pick up some fine point metallic markers and then make some more of these, including one that says “our first Christmas”, being that this is our first Christmas as a married couple, woo-hoo! You could also make some easy Monogram ornaments to give as gifts. The possibilities really are endless.





So what do you think?


You could even skip the eye hooks and twine, spray on some sealer and you you have Holiday drink coasters!

Here are some other ones I made in 2014 using the same technique:


Click Here or on the button below to be taken to some of the printable design transfers, which have already been reversed.



You may also want to check out:

DIY Ornament Gift Box


Rustic Woodland Christmas


“Our First Christmas” Wedding Ornament + Printables

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  1. 1

    these look awesome katie!!! sharing now!
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  2. 3

    These are so pretty, I love all the designs on them
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    JoeyfromSC says:

    They look fantastic!! It does look easy..thanks for sharing! love your blog!!

    Happy Holidays!

  4. 8

    Wow!! I absolutely LOVE these ornaments!! What a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  5. 10

    I love the way these came out! I actually have one that is a slice of the bottom of our first tree together as a married couple. I put “Our First Christmas 2011″ on it and called it a day. =]
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  6. 12

    Oh this is SO beautiful! Love the rustic look of these, just beautiful! Love the different messages and pictures you used on them, too! A set of these would make for such a great gift!
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  7. 14

    These ornaments look awesome. I love how beautiful they are on the tree.

  8. 16

    Stopping in from Someday Crafts. Those are beautiful! Wonderful job! Charlie

  9. 18

    WOW! I absolutely love these. The silhouette designs are amazing!

    Pinning now to my Crafty Christmas board, thank you so much for sharing!

    Happy Christmas :D

    Hannah ♫
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  10. 20

    I love these so much and already have them pinned. I hope you’ll share this on Thank Goodness It’s Thursday at – the party is live now

  11. 22

    I had no idea it could be this easy. thank you!

  12. 23

    I totally and completely love these Katie and have been trying to talk my husband into cutting me some wood rounds- we have enough wood around here!! Maybe this weekend? Thanks for the tute- pinning!!

  13. 25

    Absolutely adore these Katie! Such a great technique! Thank you for sharing with us at Monday Funday! ;) Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs
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  14. 27

    Love those. We cut off the bottom of our Christmas tree and I have been trying to figure out what to do with it. I think it may be next years ornaments! Thanks for joining our Twirl and Take a Bow Party! Hope to see you again next week!

  15. 29

    What a beautiful idea! I love how they turned out. I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers – and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free chandelier!
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  16. 31

    I love these! I want to make them with a group of girls…do you think I can print the pages ahead of time or does the ink have to be fresh? So glad I found your blog. :)

  17. 33

    I love your ideas! I had large branches we cut down from our pine trees and my husband cut small circles for rustic ornaments for me to create as well as angled off three logs for painted faces for yet another rustic decoration!!! I can’t wait to get started! Some long new growth from crepe myrtle trees will be the star atop our tree. Twisted with twine or multicolored jute or string, will be the finishing touch!! Pictures will be coming on pintrest!

  18. 34

    Katie, I can’t for the the life of me figure out what I am doing wrong. Using both my inkjet printer (Officejet 6600) and one at my school, I am unable to get the images to transfer. I am following the directions to the letter, but no luck. What on earth am I doing wrong? Thanks

  19. 36

    Love these. Making wood slice ornaments in one of the many projects on my very long “to do” list. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday.
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  20. 37

    These are gorgeous! I hadn’t heard of using water to transfer the images. I can’t wait to try this.Pinned to my holiday ideas board.
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  21. 38

    Thanks for sharing… great job. Perfect ornament for this Christmas.

  22. 39

    I would love to know what kind of spray sealant you’re using! I am using natural cut wood of various types and sizes and have had some crack…. Even with a polyurethane sealant…

  23. 42

    Pinned and shared on Facebook! These are so awesome! Thank you for the easy instructions and the printable :)


  1. […] First of all we’re not huge fans of a tree with only old-fashioned ornaments. That’s why our first one is a modern but rustic alternative. You only need a few wood slices, eye hooks, a sharpie, some ribbons and optional a sealer paint. You can use pre-sliced wood or if your handy just slice them yourself. Take your sharpie and draw onto them whatever you like. Think antlers, quotes or any other drawing you like. If you’re not much of an graphic artist you can download a few graphics on the original DIY page. […]

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