How to Make Easy Wood Slice Ornaments

Embrace the beauty of nature with our guide on how to make easy wood slice ornaments. These charming and rustic decorations are the perfect addition to your holiday decor or as heartfelt gifts for friends and family. With step-by-step instructions, we will show you how to transform plain wood slices into stunning ornaments using two different techniques. Whether you prefer painting intricate designs or personalizing with names and messages, these easy wood slice ornaments offer endless possibilities for creativity. Get ready to unleash your imagination, gather your supplies, and embark on a crafting adventure that will add a touch of natural elegance to your holiday celebrations. Let’s dive into the world of wood slice ornaments and let your creativity flourish!

Supplies You’ll Need To Get Started

  • Wood slice ornaments
  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium Kit
  • Photo printed with laserjet printer or dry ink toner printer (not ink jet)
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon (optional)


Step 1: Paint a base coat on ornament

  • Before you paint the ornament, you may want to lightly sand the wood slice. Then, apply one coat of paint and let dry 1 hour. I like to leave a small ring of the natural wood around the edges to set off the color better.
Paint a base coat on ornament

Step 2: Cut and weed vinyl design

  • I designed my own font phrases in Silhouette Studio Business Edition.  You can also use a Cricut to create your own designs and adjust the shapes.
  • You’ll want to size the design to fit the shape of your ornament. I printed off a mockup of the design on my home printer before cutting it with my Silhouette Cameo machine.
  • Once the design is cut, you’ll want to weed (remove) the excess vinyl to reveal only the lettering.
Cut and weed vinyl design

Step 3: Apply design to ornament

  • To transfer your design to the ornament, place a piece of transfer tape over your vinyl to “pick up” the letters. Then place the phrase on your wood slice and gently peel back the transfer tape.
Apply design to ornament
  • You can transfer literally any phrase as long as it’s sized appropriately. My bundle of wood slices had many different sizes and shapes, so beware you might have to resize the phrases a bit.
Apply design to ornament

To embellish your ornaments, you can add a fun farmhouse buffalo plaid ribbon or striped cotton ribbon. You can try experimenting with wood burned designs on the opposite side as well.