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Wood Burning and Wooden Ornaments

My last holiday craft involving pallet wood also involved a new skill — wood burning!! I’d never successfully tried wood burning before, but I figured out what I’d been doing wrong and had a blast playing around with the new technique.

Before I got into the wood burning, I simply was making trees from the pallet wood. The first I made was a gift for my secret santa at work:

PalletTreeOrnament

I cut out the tree using my jigsaw, sanded it down, added a hole for the ribbon and colored the wood using the restor-a-finish product I always rave about. Cute, yes? My coworker loved it. I also gave him a Home Depot gift card — he and I love to chat about our ongoing projects. He’s my Home Depot buddy!

I made a similar tree for my godmother, but to girl it up a bit I painted gold dots all over it to look like ornaments.

Then I moved on to some simple wood burned ornaments. I tried it out on some scrap wood first:

Scrap Burning

After doing some research online, I learned that you can use a soldering iron as a wood burning tool. The only downside is the lack of interchangeable tips. I’d tried this before, but it turns out I didn’t let my iron get hot enough. This time I let it fully warm up — and that did the trick.

Once I’d tested it out on a few pieces of scrap wood, I started to make gifts for people. An “E” for the neighbors, an “S” for my mother-in-law and an “M” and “E” for Max and Eli, my friend’s sons.

Wood Burned LEtters

Let me back track for a sec — all of these are from scrap wood, which I liked a lot because pretty much none of my pallet went to waste. I sanded everything down before burning it.

OK, back to the burning… once I got designs I liked, I added holes for ribbon or wire. Some I stained, some I left natural.

MEandMax

My buddy Maz really liked his little “M.” OK, he obviously couldn’t care less about it… I just wanted to share our selfie ๐Ÿ™‚

The letters I did were fairly easy (Minus the “S”) because they were all straight lines. Since my soldering iron was a longer flat tip, that was the only shape I could do. Lots of dashes, exes and straight lines.

I got the idea to use those shapes to make wood-burned Christmas tree ornaments. These were my favorite.

Small Tree

Large Tree

If you smell them, they smell like campfire! LOVE.

I gave my sister and her BF the larger ornament with the star. The other I selfishly kept for us. I added a lumberjack-esque ribbon to it, too.

Tree_Ribbon_Final

How adorable is that? It it cost me $0! The wood was scrap, the wire I add and the ribbon came off of a gift ๐Ÿ™‚

Tree_Ribbon_On Tree

I love to make Christmas gifts and I think these were some of my favorites that I made this year.

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Quilted Ornaments

My grandma made us the prettiest quilted ornaments last year at Christmas. She is a quilter and makes the most beautiful things, and her ornament was no exception. I love it!

Quilted ornament

I was looking for Christmas craft ideas for a craft night with my girlfriends and I came across an excellent video detailing how to make these quilted ornaments. Now, when I share tutorials with you all (even if it something other people have tried) I always share my version. Often, I don’t read other tutorials, I just figure things out on my own because I’m terrible at following directions. But I had to follow the video step by step for this ornament, and for that reason I am not going to give a tutorial because none of it is my own. If you want to make one of these ornaments, please visit Pot Holders and Pantyhose for her awesome video tutorial.

Here are pictures of the steps!

If you need aย reallyย last-minute gift and happen to have the supplies on hand (scrap fabric, styrofoam ball, pins, ribbon), these ornaments make a gorgeous addition to any tree.

Quilted ornament teal

Merry Christmas Eve ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you all are enjoying your holiday so far.

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DIY GIFT GUIDE: Cookie Cutter Ornament

Cookie Cutter Ornament Cover

I’ve been meaning to do this project for a year now, but never got around to it last Christmas. Today’s DIY GIFT GUIDE post is making cookie cutter Christmas ornaments out of old tin ornaments. The ornament I used was my grandma’s and it is kind of crappy (sorry, Grandma… but it is true.). The dough gets stuck in the nooks and crannies and it just isn’t pretty. My mom has a bunch more, so last year I turned them into a holiday display for her. She loves it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Anyway, these old ornaments are really easy to work with because the metal is so thin. So if you have any lying around the house and don’t want to use them for sugar cookies this year, here’s another option!

Supplies:

  • Tin Cookie Cutter
  • Nail
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons

Cookie Cutter Before

Steps:

  1. Take your tin cookie cutter and puncture the top with a nail. (I did this without a hammer, but if your fingers aren’t as tough you could use a hammer. Also, you have wimpy fingers hehe)ย Cookie Cutter Hole
  2. Remove the nail and put thin ribbon through your newly created hole.
  3. Add red ribbon so your ornament pops off of your tree.ย Cookie Cutter Bow
  4. Embellish your ribbon with a gold button for extra festiveness.Cookie Cutter Button
  5. Hang on your tree!

Cookie Cutter on Tree

Check back tomorrow for another gift idea!