Instagram Wood Slice Christmas Ornament

We're on to Day 2, friends! For an explanation of the next 11 days of crazy Christmas crafting, head on over here to this post. One thing I forgot to mention is that we're having a big ole LINK PARTY at the end of this series and we'd love for all of you to share your handmade ornaments! It'll be on Sunday, November 23rd, so mark your calendars.

Today's craft takes those lovely Instagrams off of the interwebs and puts them into your hands..well, onto your tree, actually! In case you didn't figure it out from the first photo above, we're going to be Mod Podging Instagrams onto wood slices. I still love having physical prints around, so I printed a few of my favorites off at my local Walgreens using my favorite Instagram printing app called Printicular. They're ready in an hour, which is amazing.

Besides the printed Instagrams, the supplies you'll need for this project are:

  • Wood slices (I love working with them, so you'll be seeing several ornaments using them in the coming days!)
  • Pen or sharpie
  • Mod Podge 
  • Paint brush
  • Drill with a small drill bit (optional)
  • Twine or ribbon

I sliced up a bunch of wood slices from some firewood at my in-laws' house last year, but you can get these from craft stores too. Since every wood slice is going to be a slightly different shape, I put the wood slice on top of the Instagram I wanted to use and traced around it so it would fit nicely onto the wood slice. This photo was from a trip we took to the beach on a freezing day. It was so fun, but we were numb from head to toe by the end!

I cut the photo out making sure to cut slightly inside the traced line so that there would be a nice wood border around it to frame it.

I brushed a layer of Mod Podge onto the wood slice first, positioned the photo in the right place, and then brushed a coat of Mod Podge on top of the photo. Make sure you cover the edges well so that the photo doesn't curl up on you.

To hang the ornament, I used a small drill bit to put a hole in near the top of the ornament, threaded baker's twine through it and tied it off at the top to make a loop. If you don't have a drill handy, no problem! Just hot glue some twine or an ornament hook on the backside to hang.

I'd love to make one of these every year with a favorite photo - it would be a great way to add a personal touch to the tree!

Be sure and check out the other awesome Day 2 ornaments...links are below!

christmas-ornaments-handmade-diy-ideas Day 2

Easy Gold Jingle Bell Wreath by Serendipity Refined | Instagram Wood Slice Christmas Ornament by May Richer Fuller Be | Modern Urchin Ornament by Thrifty and Chic | Embroidery Hoop Ornament by It All Started With Paint | Joy to the World Ornament by Lovely Etc. | Sunburst Mirror Ornament by Whats Ur Home Story | Painted Rattan Ornaments by Cherished Bliss | DIY Moose Ornament by Bigger Than The Three of Us | Angel Ornament by Remodelando la Casa | DIY Sprinkle Ornament by The Happier Homemaker | Monogrammed Wood Slice Ornament by All Things G&D | Chalkboard Rudolph Ornament by Mom 4 Real


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  1. Love, Love, Love this! I'm a sucker for picture ornaments and this is just perfect. Pinning!

  2. I so need to do this! Pictures ornaments of my kids to give to family, grandparents, ants... Gotta try Printicular. Thanks for the info. Awesome project!

  3. What a perfect idea for family gifts! Love them!

  4. Okay, first of all, you three are simply ADORABLE! This image and project just brings a big old smile to my face!!!! Such a clever idea!

    :) Linda

  5. Another wood slice ornament lover here! This idea turned out beautifully. Such a great way to display photographs and keep these memories front and center during the holidays. Beautiful!

  6. This is adorable! Where do you get the wood slices from?

  7. Love anything wood slice. Such great keepsakes!

  8. Love this one! I am actually making something very similar next week but with a totally different method. I love seeing all the great ideas out there!

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! A must do, pinning!

  10. Really cute! It would be fun to one of these every year and eventually have a matching set .


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