One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making a few handmade Christmas ornaments to add to our tree every year.
This year I made a batch of farmhouse Christmas ornaments based on one of my favorite things to decorate with – painted wooden signs. I decided a group of mini wooden sign ornaments would make the perfect addition to our Christmas tree.
And as an added bonus, I’m teaming up with a bunch of other crafty ladies to share 31 days of handmade Christmas ornaments. So you not only get to check out my take on modern farmhouse Christmas ornaments, you also get to see a bunch of other really creative ornament ideas at the end of this post.
But first, the tutorial for these cute little ornaments.
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Materials for DIY Farmhouse Christmas Ornaments
small wood rectangles – 3 inches x 5 inches I found mine at Michael’s with the wood pieces. I did find something very similar on Etsy
printout of text (downloads below)
paint – I used cream and dark gray craft paints
pencil or piece of chalk
Sharpie oil paint pens – I used white and gold
Stain and rag to apply it
white craft glue or wood glue
How to make DIY Farmhouse Christmas Ornaments
Guys, these are super easy and inexpensive to make, especially because the rectangles of wood are already cut for you!
First, paint the wood whatever color you chose. I did some with a dark charcoal gray and some others with a creamy white.
While the paint dries, you can cut your wood sticks to size to make the frame.
So, I have a confession to make. I cut all of my little pieces with my jigsaw and then I realized they are basically skinny popsicle sticks.
I could totally have just cut them with scissors! I just might be addicted to my power tools.
Ok, so once you cut your sticks, use a rag to stain them. (This goes super fast because they are so tiny.)
I’ve got a few tricks to share for getting gorgeous writing on your signs. If you have awesome handwriting and confidence that you won’t mess up, grab your paint pens and go for it. But for the rest of us, there’s a super simple way to get perfect lettering.
Or you can easily print out any other design you choose. These ornaments would also be beautiful personalized with your family’s names.
Rub the back of the printout with chalk if you are making a dark sign or pencil if you are making a white sign. Tape it to your painted wood and trace the letters with a sharp pencil. Remove the paper and the design will be perfectly transferred to the wood surface.
(If you want a little more explanation of this step, I have a full tutorial for transferring designs to wood here.)
Then fill in the writing with a paint pen and you are good to go.
(I’m a big fan of Sharpie oil paint pens. I’ve used other brands and some of them don’t work well on wood or dry out after only a few minutes. The Sharpie oil pens write on almost anything and the gold paint pen I used has been in my drawer for almost a year and still worked like it was new. Just make sure to use the oil type, the water ones don’t work as well on things like wood.)
Glue the pieces of your frame right on top of the front edges of your sign. It helps to use a few pieces of tape to hold them in place until the glue dries.
Cut a small piece of twine and glue it to the back of your ornament. Hang and enjoy!
I’m so happy with how these turned out! I think they would also look adorable added to a simple wreath or as a special name tag on a wrapped gift.
I’ve been trying to choose a favorite but it’s a tough call. I love how the dark ones look like mini chalkboards, but I think the white and gold color combo is beautiful.
I’m including a printable version of this ornament tutorial for your convenience.
Ready to see lots more fresh ornament ideas? Here’s the mother lode!
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Day 13 – Exquisitely Unremarkable | Day 14 – Imparting Grace
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Day 19 – I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Day 20 – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Day 21 – Hearth and Vine
Day 22 – Shabby Art Boutique | Day 23 – Remodelando la Casa
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