I’ve been admiring all the wood slice ornaments that have been popping up in my Pinterest feed and decided to have a go at making some.
When I was on a morning walk with my husband, I saw the perfect small branch laying on the ground. I mentioned it to Murray and he said we’d bring the car back to pick it up later. Of course, we never did. A couple of days later, when we were out walking again – the branch was gone!
Little did I know that Murray had collected the the branch already and when I got home from work that day, he had transformed it into lots of little wood slices! Aaaah – isn’t he sweet 😉
We Did It.
- Murray cut slices from the branch using his Mitre Saw – the slices vary in thickness from about 1 to 1.5 cm . If you don’t have a Mitre saw, wood slices seem to be readily available to buy. A Google search brings up lots of options.
- As some slices were quite thick I decided against drilling holes through the slices and opted to use little brass eye screws as the hangers. I drilled pilot holes with a small hand drill and a tiny (1mm) bit but if your wood is soft you may be able to screw them right in without pre drilling..
- Choose some designs from your Silhouette Library and resize them to fit your wood slices. Cut them from Vinyl or similar. I used a Wood grain style contact paper.
- I intended to stencil a design using the contact as the stencil. Unfortunately, the grain of the wood slices was very uneven and was quite distracting behind the design, so I ditched that idea and painted the centre of the slices first to cover up Mother Nature’s uneven patterns! (Picture below is before painting) My original choice was black paint but then my daughter suggested white which looked much better, so I went with that and applied 2 coats.
- After painting the centre of each slice, I’d had enough of painting, (what can I say – I have a short attention span!) So I opted to stick the cut out shapes right on the slices and not bother with the stenciling. As luck would have it, the wood grain contact paper co-ordinated perfectly, it seems to really pop against the paint.
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
I’m thrilled to be participating in The Silhouette Challenge this month, after missing a few months. The theme is DIY Gifts and I certainly think my little ornaments fit the bill. I can see a set of these ornaments making a cute gift for Friends, neighbours or co-workers.
I hope you’ll join me on a Blog Hop to see more DIY Gift Projects to make with your Silhouette Cutting Machine. Just click on the click able graphic or the links below to explore all the projects.
1. Get Silvered // 2. My Paper Craze // 3. unOriginal Mom // 4. Creative Ramblings // 5. Chicken Scratch NY // 6. Pitter and Glink // 7. Ginger Snap Crafts // 8. Architecture of a Mom // 9. Silhouette School // 10. McCall Manor // 11. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 12. Weekend Craft // 13. Rutchee Design // 14. Adventures in All Things Food // 15. My Favorite Finds // 16. Please Excuse My Craftermath // 17. Simply Kelly Designs // 18. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 19. Practically Functional //
I was featured
You’re not seeing double!I was featured twice on the Merry Monday Link Party! Thanks Rachel & Erlene for both featuring me. Click on the pics below to see the posts and visit the girl’s blogs.