Create a photo wood slice Christmas ornament with this easy DIY tutorial.
Today I have another sweet DIY Christmas ornament to share. I adore photos and already have several photo ornaments hanging on our tree with photos of my husband and I and the Christmases from our childhood.
This year I most definitely needed to add some photos of my adorable little boy and his first two Christmases.
I decided to try transferring the photo directly onto a wood slice for this one because I wanted the photo to look like it was actually part of the wood, not just stick on.
(Plus, I’ve been thinking about a bigger photo transfer project so I figured a little practice wouldn’t hurt!)
*Update 2021: Even though I was pretty happy with this little photo transfer ornament, it wasn’t perfect so I kept experimenting. I’ve since created a new set of DIY photo ornaments that look amazing. You can keep reading for the tutorial for this ornament or head over and check out my updated DIY photo ornament tutorial.*
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- 3″-4″ wood slice – you can always cut a slice off a branch outside, but it’s much easier to just to buy some.
- a photocopy of your photo
- photo transfer medium
- a wet cloth or papertowel
- fine grit sandpaper (220 grit or higher)
- eye hook and string – for hanging your ornament
How to Make a DIY Photo Transfer Ornament
The first step is making a color photocopy of your photo. And yes, it needs to be a photocopy, not just a print out on your home printer.
To be honest getting myself to Staples to make a copy was the most difficult part of this project!
But that hassle aside, the rest is pretty easy!
(Just make sure that your photo is the right size for your wood slice before you copy it. Also your photo is going to end up reversed so if there is any writing in your photo you may want to reverse it before you print it so it will end up correct.)
Trace the wood slice onto your photocopy and cut it out slightly smaller than the tracing you made.
Apply the photo transfer gel liberally onto the top of the photocopy.
Press the photo, gel side down onto the wood slice Be sure to smooth it out and press it down firmly.
Allow this to dry fully – I left mine overnight and it was ready the next morning.
Using a wet cloth, wet the back of the photo. Gently rub the back of the photo until the paper all rubs off.
When nothing else rubs off, you are done!
Use a piece of fine sandpaper to gently sand the edges of the photo. (You can skip this if you want but it gives it a nice ‘been there forever’ look).
Twist an eye hook into the top of the tree slice and add some string and you’re done!
You can see all of my handmade ornament ideas right here.
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- Wood Slice Coaster
- Photocopy Of Your Photo
- Photo Transfer Gel
- Wet Cloth
- Eye Hook and String
- Trace the wood slice onto your photo copy.
- Cut it out slightly smaller than the tracing .
- Apply the photo transfer gel liberally to the top of the photocopy.
- Press the photo, gel side down, onto the wood slice.
- Allow this to fully dry.
- Wet the back of the photo using the wet cloth.
- Gently rub the back of the photo until all of the paper rubs off.
- Use a piece of fine sandpaper to gently sand the edges of the photo.
- Twist an eye hook into the top of the tree slice.
- Add string for hanging.
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