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DIY Wood Slice Ornaments using a Cricut + Free Christmas SVG

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DIY Wood Slice Ornaments

DIY Wood Slice Ornaments using a Cricut

If you’re looking for a simple, affordable & cute ornament to make for your Christmas tree or to gift to family & friends, these DIY wood slice ornaments are the perfect easy Cricut project.  We first made these last Christmas season & we started with just adding vinyl to the wood slice directly, which also turned out really well for a rustic look. Or you can add the white paint first to make the vinyl cut out really stand out more, like we did with these ornaments. It gives them a nice polished look.

DIY Winter Wood Slice Ornaments

You could choose any design to put on these wood slice ornaments if you want to make them personalized to give as a gift. We love to make them unique & different for friends & family.  But we also have included 3 Christmas designs if you’d like to make these Christmas themed. These designs are the SVG file that you can upload directly to Design Space for your Cricut or you can also use these with a Silhouette machine.

Materials Needed for DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments:

Supplies for Cricut Wood Christmas Ornament

Free SVG Download:

Owl.Deer.Tree_SVG

Plus, here is your free SVG download  for these Christmas/Winter designs of an owl, Christmas tree & penguin. You can save these directly into your program you use (like Design Space or the Silhouette Studio)

Directions for Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments:

Instructions:

  1. Gather supplies.

Painting the Wood Slices

Wood Slices Ready to Paint for Ornaments

Painting Wood Slices for Ornaments

  1. Paint both sides of the wood slices in white. 

Painted Wood Slices for Ornaments

  1. Ensure paint dries fully before proceeding.

Uploading the SVG Pattern

  1. Upload the Owl.Deer.Tree SVG File into Design Space.  
  2. With the image highlighted, click on “Ungroup” to separate the images. 
  3. Adjust image sizes to fit your wood slices accordingly or maintain size as provided. 
  4. Highlight the owl and click on “Attach”. 
  5. Duplicate the images to have for both sides of the wood slice.

Cutting the Vinyl

Using Cricut Joy to Cut Out Vinyl for Wood Ornaments

  1. Ensure the machine is set to Cricut Joy and select “Make It” in Design Space.
  2. Choose “With Mat” as the option for cutting when using regular Cricut Vinyl.
  3. Set material type to Glitter Vinyl.
  4. Follow prompts for loading the mat into the Cricut Joy and cutting the Glitter Vinyl. When prompted, unload the vinyl from the cutting machine.

Applying the Vinyl to the Wood Slices

Cutting Blue Glitter Vinyl for Wood Ornaments

  1. Cut around each word and image with a pair of scissors. 

Peeling vinyl for wood ornaments

Weeding the vinyl for wood ornament

2. Using the weeding tool, peel away the excess vinyl and discard. 

Adding Transfer Tape to vinyl for wood ornaments

3. Cut a piece of transfer tape a bit larger than the size of the phrase or image. 

4. Peel away the transfer tape backing and place the transfer tape overtop of the cut image. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the transfer tape.

Peeling Transfer Tape for Wood Ornaments

5. Peel away the vinyl backing and place the image on to the one side of the wood slice. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the wood slice. You can use a Cricut scraper tool for this.

6. Carefully and slowly peel away the transfer tape.

Reindeer Glitter Vinyl for Wood Ornaments

7. Alternatively, peel the glitter vinyl image off the backing and place directly on to the wood slice without using the transfer tape.

Vinyl on Wood ornament

8. Repeat for the other wood slices. For the owl ornament, place the body of the owl on to the wood slice first, then stick the scarf piece over top.

Assembling the Ornaments

  1. Cut three pieces of ribbon 9” long. Insert the end of the ribbon through the hole at the top of the wood slice and tie ends together.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you keep wood slices from cracking ornaments? And How do you seal ornaments? 
It is not necessary to seal these wood ornaments if they will be kept on an indoor tree, but if you’d like to make them last longer, you could add a layer of Mod Podge or a polyeurthane spray sealer. This can help prevent the wood ornaments from cracking/flaking & give them a more polished look, too.
How do you make wooden ornaments?
The first step is to find a branch that is around 2 – 3″ diameter around. You’ll then want to use a saw to cut the branch into wood slices (around 1/2″ thick). Make sure that you let the wood fully dry out several days/wk before you are ready to start painting.

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Printable Instructions for Lettered Wood Slice Ornaments with the Cricut

Winter Wood Slice Ornaments

Here’s a printable version of the instructions for the DIY Wood Slice Ornaments for your Cricut or Silhouette.

 

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DIY Wood Slice Ornaments

  • Author: Jen

Ingredients

Scale
  • Set of 3 birch wood slices, 2.25” diameter x ⅜” thick
  • Crafter’s Acrylic paint in white
  • Paintbrush
  • Cricut Joy
  • Cricut Joy Standard Grip Mat
  • Glitter Vinyl in black and blue
  • Owl.Deer.Tree SVG file
  • Weeder
  • Scissors
  • Cricut transfer tape
  • Decorative glitter ribbon, 1/4” wide

Instructions

Instructions:

  1. Gather supplies.

Painting the Wood Slices

  1. Paint both sides of the wood slices in white. 
  2. Ensure paint dries fully before proceeding.

Uploading the SVG Pattern

  1. Upload the Owl.Deer.Tree SVG File into Design Space.  
  2. With the image highlighted, click on “Ungroup” to separate the images. 
  3. Adjust image sizes to fit your wood slices accordingly or maintain size as provided. 
  4. Highlight the owl and click on “Attach”. 
  5. Duplicate the images to have for both sides of the wood slice.

Cutting the Vinyl

  1. Ensure the machine is set to Cricut Joy and select “Make It” in Design Space.
  2. Choose “With Mat” as the option for cutting when using regular Cricut Vinyl.
  3. Set material type to Glitter Vinyl.
  4. Follow prompts for loading the mat into the Cricut Joy and cutting the Glitter Vinyl. When prompted, unload the vinyl from the cutting machine.

Applying the Vinyl to the Wood Slices

  1. Cut around each word and image with a pair of scissors. 
  2. Using the weeding tool, peel away the excess vinyl and discard. 
  3. Cut a piece of transfer tape a bit larger than the size of the phrase or image. 
  4. Peel away the transfer tape backing and place the transfer tape overtop of the cut image. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the transfer tape.
  5. Peel away the vinyl backing and place the image on to the one side of the wood slice. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the wood slice. You can use a Cricut scraper tool for this.
  6. Carefully and slowly peel away the transfer tape.
  7. Alternatively, peel the glitter vinyl image off the backing and place directly on to the wood slice without using the transfer tape.
  8. Repeat for the other wood slices. For the owl ornament, place the body of the owl on to the wood slice first, then stick the scarf piece over top.

Assembling the Ornaments

  1. Cut three pieces of ribbon 9” long. Insert the end of the ribbon through the hole at the top of the wood slice and tie ends together.

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