DIY Chalkboard Wood Slice Ornaments
The Crazy Happy family made these DIY Chalkboard Wood Slice Ornaments for our Thankful Tree, but they are perfect for a rustic themed Christmas tree! Using this fabulous post as a guide, we got to work!
You will need:
- Wood Slices (2″ to 4″ slices work best)
- Chalkboard Paint
- Jute Twine
- Screw Eye Hooks (13/16″ work great)
- Fine Grit Sandpaper
- Small Paint Brushes
A note about wood slices: Last year, I remember seeing these guys everywhere. Now that I needed some, I had a really hard time finding them. I finally found some packets of birch slices on sale at Joann’s, but they appear to be sold out now. So, look around – Amazon, Etsy, Jo-Ann, Michael’s. If you find birch logs and have a saw, they can be cut in slices.
Use a fine grit sandpaper to ensure your wood slice ornaments are super smooth. I had my kiddo do this step and wish that I had double-checked his work! A smooth surface works SO much better. So, take your time to prep the wood.
2. Screw Eye Hooks
Insert the eye hooks. The easiest way it to insert the eye hook is to pre-drill the hole. I started out using the tip from our inspiration blog post. I used a thumbtack to make a hole and then used pliers to screw in the hook.
My hubby quickly took over this job and decided he had no patience for such things. He busted out the drill and used a small drill bit to make the initial hole. Kudos to him because it was so much faster than the thumbtack method. So, if you have a drill, use it!
After I took this picture, we decided that turning the eye hook perpendicular to the face of the wood slice ornaments. It worked so much better when inserting the twine. We could hang it on the tree without the ornament twisting!
3. Chalkboard Paint
Use the chalkboard paint and small art brushes to paint a circle on the wood slice ornaments. You want to leave a little bit of a wood border around the edge. Make sure you do enough coats to really cover the wood. I did two coats, but probably could have done a few more!
4. Attach the Twine
Figure out the perfect length of twine for hanging your wood slice ornaments. Then cut and tie a piece for each ornament.
This is the fun part. Use chalk to draw festive designs on all of your wood slice ornaments. Make sure you have a cheap pencil sharpener handy. Sharpen your chalk often for the best results. Then let your imagination run wild!!
For more ideas, check out the Crazy Happy designs that we drew for our Thankful Tree. It was one of our favorite family projects! We can’t wait to do it again next year!
That’s the best thing about these chalkboard wood slice ornaments, you can erase them with a wet rag and make brand new designs whenever you want!
Now, I just have to decide what to do with all of my leftover chalk paint. Ideas anyone? What is your favorite chalkboard DIY? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Peace, Love & Happiness,
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