Over the years, I’ve managed to diminish my Christmas box stash down to two boxes. One with lights and a few ornaments, and the other with a few faux wreaths.
In some ways, I need a major kudos for letting go of so. much. stuff! And in other ways, well, let’s just say, I scold myself every single year I decorate with, “I’m gonna have to go buy stuff. I can’t even decorate for Christmas as is!”
Which is true. I struggle at first every year. Yet somehow, I generally manage to round enough thanks to the good ‘ol outdoors and a few DIY projects.
However, I’m so seriously down to nitty gritty nothing, I decided to venture out to a craft store. You know… enhance my own stuff but maybe not right from scratch this round.
As I walked down isle after isle, there was plenty of pretty stuff alright, however I was left with disappointment. What in the world?!
Nearly everything I touched was already high-priced complete! As in… there was nothing left to do with anything. Why was it in a craft store if everything was already put together? That isn’t crafting, that’s purchasing regular retail!
And we already know I don’t do a whole lotta that.. unless it’s in order to dig my toes into some sandy beach.
So I went home pretty much empty handed and just resolved to figure it out on my own.
… I cut slices from each? Then I started visualizing what in the world they could become.
A garland? An art piece?
Since the shapes and sizes were so perfect for ornaments… that is what they became!
Thank goodness for workshop scrap wood that has room for growth, huh?
Here’s how I made these:
Wood slice snowflake ornaments
1. Each wood slice was cut, then left unsanded for a rustic take.
2. The insides of each slice was painted black to resemble mini chalkboards.
Tip: I found not painting right to the edge to look better. Just keep a wet brush as you move around the edges to achieve sharp lines.
Learn more about how to stencil HERE
Stencil used – Funky Junk’s Christmas Graphics HERE
4. Small holes were drilled into each slice, then twine strung through and tied with a knot.
Well that was easy!
Plus really, really cheap.
Buffalo Check quilt square ornaments
1. Paint each square red.
2. Position 4 squares from Buffalo Check in the middle of the wood slice.
3. Stencil with black.
Stencil used: Funky Junk’s Buffalo Check HERE
4. Drill holes in each square, then thread through hanging twine, and trim with twine to resemble wrapped presents if desired.
I liked the presents look too, however decided to leave them simple to moreso resemble little quilt squares.
Aren’t they the cutest?!
I love shopping from my workshop…
Are you making anything this season?
Other current favs!