Have you seen these little wood slice ornaments from the $1 section at Target?? I’ll admit the bulls eye look to them wasn’t very cute. But the fact that you could use them to make six cute little ornaments for only $1 was very appealing to me.
The back side was smooth and flat … just perfect for decoupaging. I looked through my Christmas wrapping paper, and found a roll of A Charlie Brown Christmas wrapping paper that I had bought at Hallmark last year for 70% off! Do the Charlie Brown Happy Dance!! 😀
The Peanuts characters were the perfect size for the wood shapes. And the fact that the Christmas special just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary made them a very appropriate choice, IMO. And, who doesn’t like Snoopy?!! 😀
As the title suggests, this is a craft for everyone. The Kiddos would have a lot of fun making this one!
The first thing I did was trace the wood slice around the various characters — trying to center them the best I could. Then cut out your circle/characters.
(I decided to paint the wood slice edges with red paint, but you could certainly skip this step if you don’t like the look.) I have since made up another batch, and I like them better without the red!!
After the paint is dry, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge (or watered down glue) to the wood slice. Attach the circle cut out, smoothing out any air bubbles with your fingers and let them dry. There were a couple places where the wrapping paper had overlapped the edges, but this was very easily removed with lightly sanding the wood slice edge with fine grit sandpaper.
I thought a glazing of glitter would give the characters the extra sparkle they deserved! To do this, I first painted the edges with glue and sprinkled glitter all over them, shaking off any excess glitter. Once the edges were dry, I then painted the fronts with a wash of glue (and/or Mod Podge) and sprinkled them with glitter and shook off any excess. (You could probably glitter the ornaments all at once, but my Flintstone fingers found it easier to work in shifts!) Then it was just a matter of poking through the hole with a toothpick and attaching a ribbon!
Super easy, right??! And so CUTE!
Can you tell these ornaments make me very happy?!! Do you think your kids or grandchildren would enjoy making these ornaments to hand out to their friends or teachers? And remember that little “chalkboard” on the back??!! These sweet ornaments also make excellent gift tags … I’m just saying!
And if Charlie Brown isn’t really your thing, the same technique can be used with your choice of paper. Pictured below, I’ve taken beautiful birch bark wrapping paper and decoupaged it on to paper mache evergreen trees that were purchased at Ben Franklin. To glam it up a bit, I just outlined them with gold glass glitter and attached a simple bow!
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alarmed surprised if you get another post from me today or tomorrow …. I’ve got another simple craft for you and the Kiddos to make together …. and believe it or not … it’s even cuter than Snoopy!
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