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Wood Slice Ornament Banners

I have always been a little obsessive about the Christmas tree. I have a color scheme and style that I want to focus on. I usually don’t change my decorations from year to year, but every few years I do switch things out as I get bored. Before we had kids, we had a sparkly blue, purple and silver tree, full of glass baubles and all things fabulously breakable! I would put up the tree and decorate it all by myself. Everything was perfectly placed. I would evaluate every ornament with the lights on, then with the lights off. See, totally obsessive. I even decorated the back of the tree perfectly. But then I had kids…

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com
I love having kids. They are the light of my life, but after the first Christmas with a toddler, I realized they were not good for my perfect Christmas tree. I decided it was finally time to make a more family friendly Christmas tree, but I didn’t want to sacrifice style. I started making ornaments that were beautiful but not breakable. Since we have been using more natural elements our tree has taken on a rustic look and I like it. These new wood slice ornament banners are no exception. A simple, rustic, kid-friendly, solution for our tree!

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I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

I cut these wood slices off the branches I took from my neighbor after they trimmed their trees last year. I used most of the branches to make this woodsy log wreath, but then cut a handful of wood slices with the leftovers. I had high hopes for making ornaments with them last year. Then I discovered that fresh tree branches have a lot of moisture in them and can split while they dry. I didn’t end up using them last year, but when I came across them this year I knew I wanted to use them, splits and all.

I love the look of the wood slices, but I wanted them to make more of a statement. So I turned them into a simple banner to string on the tree. I picked some of my favorite Christmas words: Joy, Noel, and Love.

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

To make the letters, I found a font that I liked and made a little cheat sheet for me to refer to and practice on. When I was ready, I sketched the letters on my wood slice with a pencil. Then it was as easy as drawing the letters on the wood slices with a sharpie.

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

After I had the letters drawn on, I drilled a little hole in the top of each wood slice. When you need a drill a hole completely through something, I recommend putting it on top of a scrap piece of wood so when the drill bit comes out the back it will not split the wood.

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

To string them together, but still keep the front of the ornaments facing front, I chose to tied them on by sticking a loop of string through the front of the ornament.

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Then bringing the strings from the back of the ornament through the loop. Pull to tighten.

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

To add the rest of the wood slices, you can continue to use this type of knot, just make sure to make a large enough loop to pull the slices that are already attached through it.

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Once all the ornaments are attached, you can tie it onto the tree! Easy as that.

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

We make a few new ornaments every year. I try to make sure they are beautiful and stylish so I didn’t have to sacrifice my ideal Christmas tree. We have lots of fun decorating the tree together with our new ornaments, but after the kids are in bed, I totally rearrange the ornaments so they are perfectly placed! I may still be slightly obsessive about the tree 🙂

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Don’t forget to check out the other ornaments we made this year. We are loving these free printable 3D snowflake stars. So pretty and kid-friendly!

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

And now our tree is almost decorated for the year. We really love it, today my daughter was singing and dancing around it. There is just something magical about a Christmas tree. All the sparkle just makes you happy.

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Let the season begin, I know I am more than ready!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

 

 

 

I love wood slice ornaments. Help them make a statement on your tree with these easy wood slice ornament banners. Beautiful and rustic. | Housefulofhandmade.com

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Sherry

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

These are super cool! I love that they're made from wood. They look good on the tree. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday.

Kati Farrer

Saturday 5th of December 2015

Thank you Sherry! I'm loving all the natural elements on our tree this year.

Jenna

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Love this project! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Best of the Weekend. I'm featuring your ornament banner tomorrow night! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!

Kati Farrer

Saturday 5th of December 2015

Thanks so much for the feature Jenna :)

Chris

Sunday 29th of November 2015

So pretty & easy to make!! Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday!!

Kati Farrer

Sunday 29th of November 2015

Thank you! They are super easy to make, but look so great.

Amanda @The Kolb Corner

Saturday 28th of November 2015

Love the wood slices splits and all! I think it gives them a more rustic character (if wood slices need to look more rustic that is). I like how they make such a bigger impact on the tree strung together into words like that too!

Kati Farrer

Saturday 28th of November 2015

Ha ha! How to make wood more rustic :) I love them strung together, it adds some different shapes to the tree too!

Helen Gullett

Saturday 28th of November 2015

They are beautiful on your tree! Thank you for the tutorial.

Kati Farrer

Saturday 28th of November 2015

Thanks Helen! We are loving our tree this year :)

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