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DIY Wood Slice Ornament

Showcase your favorite photos with this DIY Wood Slice Ornament.  Use it to showcase your favorite photos from the year or visits with Santa. It’ll make a great addition to your Christmas tree!

Diy wood slice ornament

Now that I have kids, an annual trip to see Santa has become a Christmas tradition.   Last year was their first year with Santa, and surprisingly, there were no tears.  I thought for sure our visit with Santa this year would bring tears from someone since the kids are a little older and more aware of their surroundings.  Once again, no tears.  So, we are two for two!

Diy wood slice ornament decor

I now have four pictures of Santa – two from last year and two from this year. I figured I would do something with these photos instead of just tossing them into our Christmas storage box.  I decided to transform them into into a DIY Wood Slice Ornament.  My goal is to create these ornaments every year.  That is, until my kids no longer have any interest in visiting Santa!

Diy wood slice ornament materials


  • Wood Slice
  • Small Screw Eye
  • Ribbon
  • Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Foam Squares
  • White Cardstock
  • Photo

Here’s how to make your own DIY Wood Slice Ornament:

Push your hook into the top of your wood slice and began twisting it.  Continue twisting until the screw is all the way in your wood slice.

Diy wood slice ornament start

Lay your wood slice on top of your photo and trace around it. Cut out your photo. Then, trim around the edges about an eighth of an inch.  This will allow some of the wood to show.  Add a layer of Mod Podge to the back of your photo, making sure to add it all the way to the edges.

Diy wood slice ornament wood slice

Glue your photo to your wood slice.

Diy wood slice ornament glue

Next, begin adding a layer of Dimensional Mod Podge on top of your photo.  You’ll want to start by creating a border around your photo extending it a little bit past your photo to seal everything in.  Then, fill in the entire photo with the Dimensional Mod Podge making sure not to create any air bubbles.  If you do get air bubbles, simply use a pin to pop them or push them to the outside of your photo.  Let the Dimensional Mod Podge dry for 24 hours to ensure it’s completely dry.

Diy wood slice ornament mod podge

Time to decorate your wood slice!

Either print or write the year on a piece of white cardstock.  Then, cut out a banner shape and add foam squares to the back.  This will make the banner pop.  Add the banner to the bottom of the wood slice.

Diy wood slice ornament decorate tree

Finally add some festive ribbon to your hook and top it off with a bow.  Use a hot glue to attach the bow to the hook.

Diy wood slice ornament hanging

I love that every year going forward I will have memories of the kids with Santa.  When they get older, they can re-create this DIY wood slice ornament idea with their own kids and display them on their own Christmas trees!

Decorating tree diy wood slice ornament

Tree diy wood slice ornament

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