DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments

I love making handmade Christmas ornaments for our tree! Whenever we decorated our Christmas tree growing up, my favorite ornaments were always the ones my parents had made when they were younger. So when I saw these cute little wood slice coasters at my local craft store, I knew they would be perfect as Christmas ornaments. I cut some words out of vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo, stuck them on the coasters, and look how cute these wood slice Christmas ornaments turned out!

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Make your own wood slice ornaments! Use wood slice coasters from a craft store if you don't have a small branch to cut up!

If you have a small tree branch laying around, you can slice that up and use it for these ornaments. If any trees have come down in your neighborhood, or if you cut down your own Christmas tree, these ornaments make a great keepsake! But if you don’t have tree branches to cut up, you can find wood slice coasters at your local craft store; they work great too!

DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments

Here’s what you need to make these ornaments: (affiliate links below to the products I use and recommend)

  • wood slices
  • black adhesive vinyl
  • Silhouette Cameo (or scissors or an X-acto knife if you have a steady hand!)
  • drill and small drill bit
  • baker’s twine, string, yarn, ribbon, etc.

Note: If you’re just getting started with adhesive vinyl, Silhouette has a vinyl starter kit that has everything you need to get started crafting with adhesive vinyl, including a hook tool and a sheet of black vinyl, which you need to do this project!

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Start by cutting out your design with your Silhouette Cameo, or an X-acto knife if you have super steady hands. I chose to do words on my ornaments, but you could do a snowman, santa, reindeer, snowflake…you get the idea!

Peel away the background vinyl so that all you are left with is the word or design you want on your ornament.

In order to transfer the word to the wood slice without messing up the spacing, you need transfer paper, or a piece of washi tape or painter’s tape. Place the transfer paper or tape over the design and press it on so that it sticks to the vinyl.

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Then carefully peel up the tape, making sure the vinyl comes up off the backing paper along with it. Then place the vinyl on your wood slice. Press the vinyl down well so that it sticks to the wood.

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Carefully peel up the tape, this time making sure the vinyl stays stuck to the wood.

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Then drill a hole near the top of the ornament, thread a piece of baker’s twine through the hole, and tie it into a loop.

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Then hang them on your tree and enjoy!

Make your own wood slice ornaments! Use wood slice coasters from a craft store if you don't have a small branch to cut up!

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P.S. If you loved this Christmas ornament tutorial, you’ll love my book 12 Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments! It’s a collection of 12 easy-to-follow tutorials for handmade Christmas ornaments that are the perfect addition to any Christmas tree! No experience necessary; just follow the simple step-by-step directions, and check out the photos along with each step if you need additional guidance! It makes a great gift for the crafter in your life, or grab a copy today for yourself and get ready to craft this holiday season!

If you want to see more Silhouette tutorials, check out my Silhouette project gallery to see every project I’ve ever done with my Silhouette, or check out some of my favorites below!

This project is part of this month’s Silhouette Challenge! Want to see some other great holiday project ideas you can make using your Silhouette cutting machine? Check these out!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. michelle goodman says

    8 years ago

    can you please share the font you used?

  2. Jacque says

    9 years ago

    Cute! I love the font you picked and totally brilliant using washi tape!

  3. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says

    9 years ago

    I need to get my hands on fabulous some wood slice coasters like these so I can churn out these ornaments. So festive! So rustic! So…me! 😉 So glad you joined us for our December Challenge and Giveaway, Jessi. Thanks for adding your creativity into the mix!

  4. Pam - GetSilvered says

    9 years ago

    These are lovely Jessi – That’s a great font that you’ve used too! And….thanks for the tip about using washi tape as transfer paper, that’s a terrific idea for small pieces,

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