How to Make DIY Rustic Wood Slice Ornaments

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Published Date: 12/17/2020
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This year has been a lot of things. It’s been a time to spend with family, a time to reflect and a time to learn to get creative with the resources you have.

Every year, our family’s tradition is to go to the store and we each choose an ornament that has a significance for that particular year. Over the years, our tree has been filled with a variety of ornaments, each with a special meaning and I hope that when my girls grow up, they will take their ornaments with them to show their own children.

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ornaments made with wood slices and a cricut joy
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This year, we decided that it was best for us to stay home. I have been to only three stores in the last 9 months. I get our groceries delivered and order most of what I can’t find at Target, through Amazon.

I thought about having the girls choose their ornaments online this year, but it just isn’t the same as choosing them ourselves. Plus, with us having been in our home 75% of the year, there weren’t really many options aside from toilet paper, a house or a mask.

So I thought it would be fun for us to make our ornaments. Not just for us, but for friends and family that we are sending gifts to as well.

DIY rustic wood circle ornaments sounded like the way to go. I pulled out my Cricut Joy and got to work!

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While I have a degree in graphic design, my days are pretty crazy, so I don’t really have the time to play around and design our own. So I went to Etsy and found the perfect SVG files.

I found a shop that does hand lettering (which I love), so I purchased the 2020 pack (four funny sayings like “I Love You More than Toilet Paper” and “The Year We Stayed Home”) and the Christmas pack, with sayings like “Oh Holy Night, Merry & Bright and Merry Christmas.”

Luckily, I had the permanent smart vinyl on hand in red, green and black. I found the wood slices on Amazon and the twine and wooden beads came with them. So I spent a total of $12 for 12 wood slice ornaments. 

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I’m what you would call a beginner when it comes to my Cricut. I have used it a few times, but I am still learning.

I had some issues with the shimmer vinyl and the transfer tape on these wood slice ornaments, but luckily I was able to reach out to my Cricut loving friend on Instagram, and was told that you have to use the StrongGrip for shimmer or glitter vinyls (thanks Corinne @slayathomemother!) I love that with every project, I learn something new.

I even made my first t-shirts last week. You can check them out here.

If you’ve been contemplating getting a Cricut, like I had been for so long, do it! It’s definitely kept me busy since this year and helped me to make the girls school supplies a little more exciting for them! 

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Supplies You’ll Need for DIY Wood Slice Ornaments

first six steps to make a DIY wood slice ornament
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Step by Step

1. Using the Cricut Design Space, create your design. You can also purchase SVG files to save yourself time. I purchased this 2020 pack and Christmas pack. Choose your vinyl color and style (shimmer, glitter, plain, etc.) and cut with your Cricut.

2. Peel back the excess vinyl. Do this slowly to make sure that you don’t rip any of the letters or take off something that you shouldn’t. 

3. Weed the excess that is left over, like the pieces inside and around the letters.

4. Cut your transfer tape just slightly larger than your design and place on top. Run your scraper over the transfer tape, throughout the design. This will adhere your vinyl to the transfer tape and allow you to easily remove it from the backing. If you use shimmer or glitter, you should use the StrongGrip transfer tape

5. Lift the transfer tape slowly. Make sure that the vinyl is completely attached. 

6. Make sure that your wood slice is dust free. Place the transfer tape and design on the wood slice, positioning it exactly where you want it to be. Press down and run your scraper over the transfer tape again, to release the vinyl from the transfer tape, onto the wood slice.

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7. Lift the transfer tape slowly to make sure that you are leaving the vinyl on the wood slice.

8. Thread your twine (or string) through the pre-drilled hole on the wood slice. 

9. Thread the wood bead through the top piece of twine.

10. Thread the back piece of twine back through the wood bead and pull so that the twine is even.

11. Make a knot with the two pieces of twine. Cut off any excess. Want to take it a step further? Personalize the back and use them as gift tags.

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If you make these DIY rustic wood slice ornaments, we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you post them on social media, we’d love it for you to tag @thesupermomlife.

Don’t forget to check out all of our craft ideas!

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  1. This is so nice! I am so glad I was able to see this post. I will try to make my own and this can be a good gift to my friends too! Thank you for the idea!

  2. These turned out so great. I love them! I have a cricut maker, so I’d love to try making these. I’ve always loved these ornaments.

  3. OMG, I need to make these ornaments. they’re so creative and it would also be a perfect gift to someone

  4. I love how beautiful these are and how versatile they can be. You could give them as a gift, use them as an ornament, or as a gift tag!

  5. Wow! I haven’t tried this before. These looks absolutely amazing and this can be a perfect gift also. I would love to try this!

  6. These are so nice! We have a Cricut but I have barely used it. This would be a perfect project to try.

  7. Wow! What a wonderful and creative idea! I will be making a few of these for family this year!

  8. Very cute. I am interested in learning how to make these. I have seen the slices already made.

  9. I love these DIY Christmas ornaments. I like the idea of everyone in the family decorating one and having a full set of family created ornaments each year!

  10. Wow! These are really cute. How I wish I saw this earlier so that I can have to make these. Bookmarking this for future reference. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Oh, this is such a very nice idea. Simple yet very artistic idea! Who would not love to receive something like this!

  12. This DIY ornament is beautiful! I think my son and I can do this together as our bonding time. Thanks for sharing.

  13. These are so cute! I love how simple they are, and they don’t look too difficult to make. I should dust off my Cricut and give it a try!

  14. These are great creative and fun christmas gift ideas. I especially love – the toilet paper quote hahaha

  15. Totally love this! How amazing this is that you can personalise each ornament, such a great gift for family and friends

  16. These are super cute. I just bought the Cricut explore air 2 but I’m not very crafty. These look super simple to make and you explained it well

  17. I love DIY projects for the holidays! These are such a fun craft that I could do at home this weekend.

  18. This is a brilliant idea! It’s so beautiful especially the writings, I would love to receive something like this.

  19. These are perfect! I love all the sayings. We also give our kids an ornament every year. The hard part for me now is remembering which one belongs to which kid (we have 5.)

  20. So easy to make. And such a wonderful cratf to display. I will share this my wife. She’ll love it.

  21. We try to get a family ornament this year and I said just don’t worry about it, I probably should get something to commemorate this year! I love what you have created, it’s personal but definitely puts this year in perspective

  22. Oh Heather, this is supercute!

    We actually have a woodshop where I live, so thanks for the tip. I am making some before the holidays to have on my gifts 🙂

  23. I love how unique and pretty those ornaments are! This sure has been a strange year, and that’s a fun way to make it memorable.

  24. I love these ornaments! I think a homemade ornament would perfectly signify this year. Thanks for the cute ideas!!

  25. Oh my goodness! These are too cute and all of the sayings are perfect for 2020! I love “I love you more than toilet paper” 🙈

  26. Omg, this is seriously so awesome!! Love this DIY, so simple and so cute!!
    Will have to do this with my family, they would love it!

  27. I love these! I have always wanted to make them. They are so neat. I definitely need to get the materials to make them this year.

  28. These are so pretty! I love the classic look, and I adore all the Christmas spirit just coming off of them in waves. You did an amazing job!

  29. I’ve always been a big fan of classic Christmas looks. They always feel extra special. I would love to make these. They look relatively easy to make.

  30. These are the coolest. I grew up in the south where everything is rustic, so I love seeing crafts like this.

  31. These make me feel like carolers in Victorian outfits are about to walk up to the front of the house. I absolutely love these.

  32. I have to make these. I absolutely adore the old school vibe of these. They remind me of those days gone by Christmases.

  33. For someone who is a beginner on the Circuit, you did a fantastic job on these ornaments. I know everyone will love them.