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Who else is ready for some Christmas crafting? Even before Halloween hit, I was looking up ideas for DIY ornaments and thinking about gifts I wanted to make.
These wood slice ornaments are so festive for Christmas! Perfect for package toppers, you can tie one on a plate of homemade cookies for your neighbor. Put your child’s name and date on the back and let them choose their own artwork for a sweet grandparent gift. Or just make some for your family’s tree to switch out for the dozens of glass bulbs that have dropped and broken over the years. These are pretty much indestructible!
- 3 to 4″ diameter pre-drilled wood slice ornaments (I bought mine here, and they came with twine for tying
- white or black paint
- small foam brush
- white paper and scissors
- Mod Podge Glue in Matte
- Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer in Matte
- Pilot Pen FriXion® eraseable pens to practice your lettering
- Pilot Pen G2® gel pens in assorted colors to draw your final design
Hover over the image above to shop for the exact pens I used to make this project!
Preparing the Ornaments
- To prepare the ornaments, you have three options! You can either A) draw directly onto the wood, B) paint the background a color, or C) cut a paper circle to fit the inside of the wood slice. This makes a nice opaque white background that is an ideal canvas for your pen drawing. To apply the paper…
2. Paint a very thin layer of Mod Podge glue onto the wood slice with the foam brush. The thinner, the better!
3. Smooth the paper onto the wet Mod Podge, smoothing out any bubbles. Do not cover the top of the paper in Mod Podge.
4. The paper makes an ideal surface for drawing on, but you can also draw directly onto the wood or a painted surface. FriXion® pens write smoothly and are eraseable, so you can practice your lettering and get it perfectly centered.
When my letter Y overlapped the next word, I could easily fix it with the eraser! They erase really clean on the wood, paint, or even white paper. Then you can draw again until you get it just right.
Check out this video to see my eraseable pen in action!
5. For my Deck the Halls ornament, I pained a thin layer of white paint to keep the natural woodgrain look. I used G2 Pens to draw and decorate the tree design. Then I used FriXion pens to center my words before tracing over in a coordinating color of G2 pen. There’s a reason that G2 is the #1 selling gel ink pen in America. They write super smoothly and come in 27 vibrant ink colors!
6. I sprayed all of my wood slice ornaments with a clear acrylic sealer in a matte finish. I expect these designs to last years and years, and I’m so happy with how they turned out!
Here are the ornaments my 5-year-old son painted and colored with the pens. This was a fun craft to do together, and I look forward to pulling out the Pokeball ornament for years to come!
Don’t forget to stop by the home office aisle at Walmart for your Pilot Pen products, to help you make the most out of this holiday season! They are perfect for writing letters to Santa, making your shopping list, and addressing holiday cards.
Who doesn’t love a good Walmart Rollback? Pilot Pen FriXion® Ball Color Sticks Eraseable Gel Pens are just $9.88 (for a 10 pack) and G2® Pens by Pilot Pen are just $19.86 (for a 20 pack)!