Welcome to day 21 of my 25 days of Craftmas series. Today, I’m showing how to turn small wood slices into these adorable Christmas ornaments. These ornaments are a great way to add some rustic farmhouse charm to your Christmas decor. Not only are they great for your tree, but they also make great handmade gifts for family, friends, and neighbors. Read on for the full tutorial.

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The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free!  You can access the library here. Look for the file called Christmas Phrases BA1824. It will be listed under the Craftmas 2021 Category-Day 21.


Open the design in your software program and resize it to fit on your pieces of wood.  The wood sliced I used measured between 3″ and 3.5″.  I created a 3″ circle and then resized each design so it fit on the circle.  I used white adhesive vinyl for all of the designs.

When everything has been sized correctly, you can cut the designs with your Cricut or Silhouette.

When everything is finished cutting, remove the vinyl from your cutting mat and trim off any unused vinyl.

Weed away the excess vinyl from around the designs.

Use the weeding tool to help remove the excess vinyl from inside the letters and shapes.

Cut a piece of transfer tape and place it sticky side up on your surface. Then place the vinyl on top of the transfer tape and smooth it down.

Rub over the designs firmly with your scraper tool.

Then, trim off the excess transfer tape and vinyl backing and cut the phrases apart.


For this project, I used some small wood slices. They measure between 3″ and 3.5″. I also used some wood beads that are about 3/4″.

Start by painting along the edge of the wood slice. You should see a ring around the wood slice and you can use that as your guide. Try to make this coat of paint as smooth as possible so you don’t have any bumps or ridges in the paint.

I used red and black paint.  The wood sliced look good after one coat, so that’s all I did.

For the beads, I found it was easiest to place them on a long wood skewer. I added some tape at the bottom to stop them from sliding off.

Then, it was easy to paint them.  I painted a red, white, and black bead for each ornament I made.

Once they were all painted, I placed the skewer on some clamps to keep the beads from touching my work surface.

Allow the paint plenty of time to dry.



Grab one of the vinyl words and pull off the vinyl backing.

Center the word on the wood slice.

Rub over it with your scraper.

Then, pull off the transfer tape. Repeat with all the phrases.

Cut a piece of twine about 12″ -14″ long and fold it in half. Thread the folded end through the hole on the wood slice.

Pull about 1″ of the twine through the hole and make a loop with your fingers.

Thread the other ends of the twine through the loop and pull it tight.

Wrap a piece of painter’s tape around the ends of the twine. Taper the end of the tape so it will fit inside the opening on the beads.

Thread 3 beads onto the ornament and then tie the twine in a knot right above the beads. Then, tie another knot at the end of the twine to make a loop for hanging.

Finally, make a small bow out of some ribbon and glue it on the ornament.

And that’s all there is to making these ornaments.  I just love how they turned out.

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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library



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