Learn how to easily create these fun wood slice ornaments perfect for Christmas tree decorations, gift tags, or coasters.
Do you just love the look of wood slices? They are so rustic and you know me, anything made from nature is something I love.
This past summer I attended a blogging conference called Haven for DIY Bloggers. One of the sponsors was Dremel and their booth was so fun. They let us try out different tools to etch glass and some that were used for wood burning.
I attended the same conference the year before and Dremel was there too. At that event we received a cool leather luggage tag that we were able to engrave during the conference. That inspired me to create engraved leather cuff bracelets. However, I ended up using the (I have no idea) many year old Dremel tool owned by my husband.
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This year they gave us a nice deal on the price so I decided to go ahead and invest in the Dremel 2050-15 Stylo+.
This was what I used to create these wood slice ornaments. They were easy to make and I think turned out great.
Making the Wood Slice Ornaments
Start with a coat of chalkboard paint leaving a little edge of the wood grain showing.
The wood slices I purchased were 3.5″ in diameter. I like the larger size because it gives you more room to work with and then they can also be used as coasters.
They come in different sizes. This group already had pre-drilled holes in them.
Next, you want to transfer an image or word onto the wood slice.
To do this print out your pattern and then rub white chalk on the back.
Tape the pattern to the wood and use a pencil or pen to trace the word or image onto the wood slice.
Voilá! So easy.
Here are some of the words and images I used.
If you right click on the image you can save it to your computer and print them out at home.
Once you have your image transferred onto the wood slice, use the Dremel tool to etch the chalkboard paint away leaving the beautiful wood design to shine through.
Dremel Tool Tips
- As with any tool please read and follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions
- Always wear eye protection when working with this tool.
- A face mask is also a good idea, especially if you are creating many of these wooden Christmas decorations because it can create a ton of wood dust.
For this project, I used the no. 191 engraving cutter at a level 5 speed.
This worked very well for me and I was easily able to hold the tool like a pencil and carve away the design. Really, I could not believe how easy it was.
This image of a flower was from a large stencil and it was the first one I created. I also covered the entire surface with the chalkboard paint.
However, I decided I liked the look of a border so much more. So, to fix it all I had to do was use the Dremel tool and etch the edge away.
These wooden Christmas tree decorations look great with the dried fruit ornaments already on the tree. And like the fruit ornaments, would make great gift tags and adornments.
I also think, depending on the size you use, that they would make fun holiday coasters.
I had a lot of fun making these. Working with the Dremel tool was pretty satisfying and I can’t wait to try using it again.
I think I’ll try etching glass next. Of course, I’ll let you know how it goes.