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The Sixth Day of Christmas

The sixth day of Christmas is a good time to make some homemade Christmas tree ornaments. Even if you already have your tree decorated, it’s still fun to make ornaments and hang them on outdoor trees or give them as gifts to others, so that’s exactly what I’m going to share with you.

There are probably thousands’s of ideas on Pinterest for ornaments you can make yourself. You can also buy ornament kits at craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Even Amazon sells some fun DIY kits.

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Making DIY Ornaments on the Sixth Day of Christmas

These are two ideas for ornaments you can make with your family, possibly with items you may already have around your home. If not, it won’t take much to collect them. Here are the instructions for a decopaged wooden nativity ornament and a stenciled cross-section of wood ornament. They can be customized to whatever your interests and decorating themes are.

Decopaged Wooden Nativity Ornament

This is a simple ornament to make in multiples. I’ve even included a printable watercolor nativity design¬†you can use to make it even easier.

What you need:
  • Blocks of wood, sanded smooth
  • Modge Podge
  • Brushes
  • Design printed on cardstock and cut out
  • Drill for the hole
  • String, ribbon or wire to hang the ornament with

Paint a thick layer of Modge Podge on the surface of the block of wood. Set the cut-out design on top of that and smooth it down flat. Then paint another thin later of Modge Podge over the top of the design, and let dry. After it’s dried, drill a hole above the design, insert a ribbon, string, or wire, and it’s ready to hang!

Tips:

Be sure to copy your design on cardstock; it doesn’t work as well on plain copy paper.

Give everyone an assignment. Someone can cut out the designs, someone can sand the wood blocks or paint the Modge Podge, and someone else can drill holes or tie on pieces of string. Another job is to wrap the ornaments once they are completed.

Stenciled Cross-Section of Wood Ornament

These ornaments are actually quite popular this year, as I’ve seen many renditions of them in department stores. But it’s so much more fun to make your own!

What you need:
  • Slices of wood (we just cut firewood we had stacked in our yard) but you can also purchase cross-sections of wood for crafting
  • Stencils, which can be purchased or created on a Cricut or Silhouette
  • Acrylic paint and brushes
  • Drill for hole
  • String, ribbon, or wire to hang the ornament

Choose a stencil and apply it to the cross section of wood. Paint the wood inside the stencil design and allow to dry; remove stencil. Drill a hole and hang with ribbon or string. My personal favorite is the monogram ornament, and it would be nice to create custom monogram ornaments for your friends or the kids’ teachers.

Tips:

After paint is dry, you can add a light layer of Modge Podge. It makes the paint “pop” a little more and gives a nice sheen to the ornament. You can also sign your name with a permanent marker on the back with the date, as in “from Tami, 2019”.

Summary of the Sixth Day of Christmas

If you’re looking for more DIY Christmas ornament ideas, please check out one of my favorite blogs at Crazy Little Projects. You can also go with old fashioned Christmas ornaments, like popcorn chains and stringed cranberries. These are perfect for hanging in your yard and fun to make with the kids’ help.

Whatever you decide to make, just have fun with it! Play some Christmas music, craft to your heart’s content, and then share the finished product with others. It’s guaranteed to be a fun activity.

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