Get easy tips for making painted wood log ornaments. These easy-to-paint ornaments have a template that can be transferred to the wood. No art skills are needed!
If you can color in the lines, you can paint these cute ornaments.
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I had so much fun painting these ornaments. These ornaments include my hand-drawn illustrations of Santa, an elf, a snowman, and a cute reindeer.
Painted Wood Log Ornaments
- Wood log ornament blanks
- Craft paint
- Paint palette
- Ribbon (to hang)
- Posca markers (optional)
- Matte medium (optional)
- Template (available at the end of post)
Transferring onto Wood
I’ve included two different ways to transfer the template onto the wood ornaments.
I don’t recommend using carbon paper to transfer. It’s messy, the graphite is too dark, and it smears into the paint. I’ve used it for other projects and dislike the results.
Method 1: Matte medium transfer
This method creates black lines that can be easily seen, but the process is a bit more difficult.
- Print out the template with a laser printer, or get one printed at a print shop. (It needs to be waterproof, and inkjet printers are not waterproof.)
- Cut out each design.
- Remove the existing hangers from the ornaments (if yours have them.)
- Sand the ornaments. (This helps with the transfer but also with the finished look.)
- Apply a thick layer of matte medium to the wood. Make sure that the edges have plenty of medium.
- Place a design face down onto the ornament surface.
- Smooth the paper to ensure that it sticks.
- Apply another layer to the top of the paper and rub it until it soaks in and you can see through the paper a bit.
- Let it dry. It takes about 20-30 minutes.
- Gently rub the paper away from the design. It’s a bit tedious but worth it.
- Spray a little bit of water to remove any stubborn bits.
- The results weren’t perfect, but they were good enough to paint over. I suspect it was because the wood was a little too rough, so I recommend sanding it first.
Transfer Method 2: Graphite
This method is easier, but the lines are much lighter.
- Print the template.
- Cut out each design.
- Flip the image over.
- Use a pencil (any normal pencil works) and color over the lines.
- Flip the design back over and place it on the ornament.
- Trace the design on the paper. (The graphite on the back transfers as you trace.)
Painting the Wood Log Ornaments
- If desired, you can print another copy of the template to figure out your paint colors first.
- Protect your workspace. Paint is messy.
- Use a small paintbrush to paint the ornaments. I love a small round paintbrush for details.
- Paint the light colors first and then paint the darker colors.
- Some colors will need more than one coat to get full coverage.
- I also added a colored background to make the paintings pop more.
- Feel free to add details to the background or characters.
- Small details can be added with Posca markers. Posca markers are filled with acrylic paint.
- Let the paint dry.
- Add ribbons to the holes.
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