Learn how to make these decoupage wood ornaments.
These decoupage ornaments are so easy to make. They’re so easy to customize to your style or even to give as gifts.
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Decoupage Wood Ornaments
- Wood Ornament Blanks
- Old books, pretty paper, or even photos
- Decoupage glue
- Paint Brush
- Glitter Paint
- Baker’s twine or ribbon
- Hole punch
Paper for Decoupage Ornaments
I used old Little Golden Books for my ornaments because I love the illustrations.
You can find them for a dollar or two in thrift stores. Look for ones with cute illustrations that speak to you.
I also used map wrapping paper. It was a bit thicker and needed more glue.
The other paper I used was from an old book of prose. If you hate the thought of destroying books, you can make copies of the images instead.
Make sure that you use a laser printer or get them printed at a copy shop so that the ink doesn’t run.
Other ideas for papers to use:
- Pretty wrapping paper
- Paper napkins
- Scrapbook paper
- Patterned Tissue Paper
- Photos (use photo copies for best results)
Prep Work for the Decoupage Ornaments
- Create a template on scratch paper by tracing the wooden ornament blank and cutting it out.
- Trace the template onto images you want, trying to place the shape in a good place to capture the image you like. Be sure to pick 2 images (one for each side.)
- Dry fit the image on the wooden blank and cut away any excess bits of paper. (Your edges don’t have to be exact because the glitter will cover the mistakes.)
- Use a hole punch to cut a hole for the string.
- Once your images are cut out, pick out coordinating paint colors for the edges.
- Paint the edges, including the hole for the string.
- Let it dry and paint the other side.
Decoupaging the Paper
- After the paint has dried, apply a thin layer of decoupage glue to the wooden ornament. (Thicker papers need extra glue.)
- Attach the image, smoothing the image as you work.
- Apply extra glue under the edges if needed.
- Apply a thin layer of glue to the top (while the bottom layer is still wet.)
- Let it dry and repeat the steps for the back.
Click here to find out How to Fix Decoupage Mistakes.
Applying Glitter to the Edges of the Ornament
Look, I get it. Glitter is the worst. But glitter paint allows you to have shiny goodness without the mess. It’s kind of life-changing…
- Use a small round craft paint brush to apply glitter paint to the edges.
- When using glitter paint, you really want to glob it on for full coverage. Be super generous.
- If your edges are wobbly, you can use a brush to straighten the edges a bit.
- Don’t forget the hole for the string!
Attaching the String to the Ornament
I use simple baker’s twine to tie a loop for my ornaments. I love the graphic quality of the black and white string.
You can use twine for a rustic look or even ribbon.
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