Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop and Sparkly Wood Slice Ornament Tutorial! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

Sparkly wood slice ornament

This year, I was partnered with Trisha from Rosewood and Grace. Her style is traditional with gold, wood, red or black (buffalo plaid). I was really excited to create an ornament for her because I’ve been sitting on a couple of birch wood logs, which became the perfect medium for her one-of-a-kind sparkly wood slice ornament. 

Sparkly Wood Slice Ornament Tutorial

Sparkly wood slice ornament

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  • wood slices                                                          
  • white chalk paint
  • printer/printer paper
  • charcoal pencil
  • paint brush
  • black waterproof ink pen (Faber-Castell fine tip F)
  • thin twine
  • buffalo check ribbon – 2 sizes
  • plain ribbon
  • glue
  • Mini pine cone and berries
  • Screw-in eye hooks
  • drill with small drill bit (optional)
  • Glitter Mod Podge (optional)
  • Glitter – white and flakes (optional)

How to Make a Sparkly Wood Slice Ornament:

Painted Sparkly Wood Slice Ornament

  • Paint the center of the wood slice with white chalk paint, leaving about 1/4″ distance from the edge. Let dry.

Add eye hook to sparkly wood slice ornament

  • Add the screw-in eye hook to the top of the wood slice. If it’s hard to screw in, use a drill to start the hole.
  • Cut a long piece of twine to hang the ornament. String through the eye hook and tie.

Transfer quote onto Sparkly wood slice ornament

  • Design your quote on PicMonkey, making sure to reverse the image. If you want to use mine, grab the printable here.
  • Take the charcoal pencil and draw over the printable.
  • Center the printable on the wood slice, charcoal side down. Rub with the end of the paint brush handle to transfer the charcoal tracing to the wood surface. 
  • Trace over the charcoal with the waterproof pen. 

glitterI added glitter Mod Podge on the ornament for a bit of sparkle, but skip this part if you do not want any glitter.

  • Optional – Paint the front of the wood slice with glitter Mod Podge. Let dry.
  • Optional – Dot sides of the wood slice with Mod Podge and press white and flake glitter into it. Let dry.

Cut the ribbon for the ornament

  • Cut the thickest ribbon to span the size of the wood slice. Cut each of the other two ribbons slightly smaller than the other. Stack the ribbons on top of each other with thickest on the bottom. Tightly tie the ribbons together in the center and tie or glue to the bottom of the eye hook. 
  • To prevent ribbon fray, add a bit of glue to the ends of the ribbon.

Glue pine cones on sparkly wood slice ornament

  • Glue on mini pine cones and berries to the front of the wood slice. 

Sparkly wood slice ornament

Now it’s ready to hang on the tree! 

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  1. Loved this project Erlene! I am going to use some of your steps this week. We just cut down our christmas tree and cut a thin piece from trunk to make an ornament with!! It has been great to meet you through the ornament exchange!

  2. Erlene this is such a pretty ornament. I love that transfer method I will have to try it out. And the ribbon is the finishing touch. Thanks so much for organizing the party.

  3. Your ornament turned out beautiful, I love the rustic mixed with the colors! Thank you so much for organizing this exchange, I love taking part in it each year!

  4. I love this Erlene! I am always drawn to anything that’s glittery or has a rustic touch – your ornaments are perfect 🙂 Thank you so much for organizing our Exchange! I so enjoy seeing all of the creativity and ideas shared each year.

  5. I love the ornament Erlene! I have some wood slices too, so I have some ideas now! Thanks again for hosting the ornament exchange again this year. I always enjoy being a part of it!

  6. I absolutely adore your ornament ! I need to get some wood slices as I think it’s such a cute ornament ! Thank you for organising this amazing exchange, I’m absolutely blown away by the talented people here !

  7. I love your ornament. The rustic look of the wood slice goes so nicely with the ribbon and glitter. Such a nice combination. Thank you for putting this together. You always do such a good job in coordinating all of this.

  8. Erlene, your ornament is lovely. I’ve got some wood slices just waiting to be used. Thanks for the printable! I’ll be using it. Thanks for organizing the Ornament Exchange again this year. It looks to be a great one! You’ve done an amazing job of putting it all together. I’m happy to have participated again.