A couple of weeks ago Sébastien, the girls, and I went for a walk on my father-in-law’s land. He has a gorgeous piece of property that’s completely wooded, you can imagine how nice it is to walk in. As soon as we got there Sébastien brought us to the huge pile of firewood (my father-in-law cuts firewood for a living) that he had helped his father cut. When I got right up close to it, I saw pieces that hadn’t been split because they were too small. I asked Sébastien if we could take a couple home so that I we could slice them to make Christmas ornaments. Of course, since he’s a great husband haha, he said yes. I picked a bunch, and also grabbed a few that had a nice and thick bark. As soon as we got into the car, I asked if we could go see my Dad so that he could slice them for us. My Dad used his miter saw to slice them for me. Once all our pieces were cut, he used his drill press to drill little holes in the slices. We transformed the wood slices into these gorgeous ornaments:
At first my Mom and I had a bunch of different types of ornaments we wanted to make with them. We were going to use a wood burner to personalize them. We were also going to paint a couple of them. We were going to stencil them. Use chalkboard paint. Anyways, you get the point.. LOTS of possibilities! But things changed as we were shopping at Target.
We were walking around the Christmas section at Target and came across GORGEOUS Deer clothespins, I mean they were adorable! I couldn’t part with them, I mean they were only $4. However, I didn’t need clothespins.. but I loved the deer on them. And that’s when we realized we could remove the deer from the clothespins and use those for our ornaments… GENIUS!!
Deer Wood Slice Ornaments – Rustic Christmas
– Wood slices with holes.
– Embellishments (We used deer clothespins from Target)
– Glitter (optional)
– Mod Podge (optional)
– Paint brush
– Wax paper
– Hot glue gun
– Wire cutters
Step 1: We started off by removing the deer from the clothespins.
Step 2: We figured the natural colored ones would not stand out enough on the wood slices, so we opted to add glitter to them. We applied Mod Podge on them with a brush and sprinkled glitter all over them. Step 3: Once dried, we applied a coat of Mod Podge over them to seal the glitter in place.
Step 4: We took out the hot glue and attached the deer onto the wood slices.
Step 5: Next we cut pieces of black wire with wire cutters and attached them to the wood slices. We used a chopstick (or crayon) to curl the ends of the wire.
And voilà, finished!
Don’t you LOVE them?! I sure do!! I can’t wait to hang them in my tree!!! As my Mom and I were working on our ornaments, Gabrielle and Emanuelle were next to us making their own. You know how Gabrielle is quite creative, right?! Well, she managed to surprise me. When I looked at the ornaments she made, I was BLOWN AWAY!! Ok, my ornaments are very nice… however hers are kinda better than mine!! SERIOUSLY!! Look at what she made:
Rudolph Wood Slice Ornament
Yep, she made the CUTEST Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer ornament EVER!! She used the clothespins we had removed from the deer! Here are more ornaments she made along with her Rudolph ornament!
Aren’t the ornaments FABULOUS?! Gosh that kid blows me away with her talent! Mine are nice too, right? hehe
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