Every holiday season my husband and I work together to make our handmade wood Christmas ornaments. It is the perfect craft project since we both get to participate. My family and friends really like when I make these for them since I am able to pick and decoupage a graphic on the wood that they like. You will also love this craft since the ornaments are made from old, recycled wood you probably have laying around in your garage so you save money. Below are the detailed instructions for our handmade decoupage wood Christmas Ornament Craft.
Scrap, Recycled Plywood (We use anywhere from ½ to 1 inch thick depending on what is available)
Hand Sander or SandpaperSafety Glasses (Optional but recommended)
Piece of Cardboard (For Pattern)
Craft Wire Cutters
Needle Nose PliersScrap Ribbon or Fabric (Your choice of colors to coordinate with the graphic you choose for Christmas ornament)
Craft Paint in a Variety of Colors
Foam Paint Brushes
Computer and Printer
1) First you will need to create a pattern to use when cutting your ornaments out of wood. Using your piece of cardboard paper take a large canned good, I used a big sized can for apple pie filling. A similar size will work. Just draw a circle around the can, to make the top of the ornament you draw a small square attached to the top of the circle you drew. Make the bottom of the square flare a little to resemble the cap you find on the top of a glass Christmas ornament. In my photos of the wood ornaments you can see the shape we are making.
2) Once you have your pattern you are ready to cut them from your recycled, scrap plywood. Using a pencil draw as many as you like. My husband then uses his hand saw to cut out the ornaments out of the wood. I can do this but he loves power tools it is much easier for him to do them.
3) When you have your ornament shape cut out of wood you need a hole in the top square portion to later put your wire hanger. Just one hole drilled all the way through the wood is all you need. Now to make the ornaments smooth use an electric sander or sand paper to smooth out all the edges of the wood. You want to be sure no one get a splinter from touching your hand made wood ornament.
4) For the graphic you decoupage on you can choose and free one you like. I use a print shop CD I purchased years ago from Office Depot. To make the graphic the correct size I use the Print Shop CD, you just need to work a little to get the correct size to cover the front of your wood ornament. Once you get the size perfect for your patterns save it and then you can re-use it by just changing the graphic for new ornaments. Then you just print out your graphics on regular printer paper.
5) Before you can apply your graphic you need to paint your ornament. I color coordinate my ornament color and the top of the ornament, which would be the cap with whatever graphic I have picked. As you can see in my photos for Santa I used green for the body of the ornament and black for the cap. And The Cowboys white for the body and silver for the cap. The foam brushes work best for painting the wood since it is a little rough and porous. I usually paint the cap, all the way around the ornament, it dries the fastest. Then when it is dry I do the body of the ornament front and back. Depending on the color you are using you may need two coats. And be sure to allow all the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.
6) Now you are ready to apply your graphic. Cut out your circle shape of your graphic. Using Mod Podge like a glue put a thin coat on the wood ornament and apply your graphic. Be sure to smooth it out to be sure there are no bubbles or lumps. After it has dried I apply two thin coats of Mod Podge over the graphic, leaving time among coats for them to dry. This protects the graphic on the ornament so it will stay safe from people handling it and not tear.
7) Once your graphic is dry you are ready to make your wire hanger. You can use green or silver craft wire whatever you have. Cut a piece about 10 to 12 inches long, you may adjust this later depending on how thick your wood ornament is. All you do is put the wire through the hole in top of the ornament, wrap it around snug, the other end you bend into a curve just like a Christmas ornament hook you purchase from the store. Needle nose pliers make the job of bending the wire easier.
8) Your handmade wood Christmas ornament craft is almost complete. It is time for the finishing touch. Cut your ribbon or scrap fabric five or six inches long and tie to the top of your ornament on the hook. Not only does this look wonderful it also hide the portion of the hook where you wrapped it around. Now you are ready to give your ornaments as Christmas present or keep for your own tree.