How to make DIY decoupage ornaments on wood round slices. This is an easy way to your own tree ornaments. Use a paper napkin or tissue paper in any pattern or color to make custom ornaments that match your Christmas decorating style.
Decoupage Ornaments with Wood Rounds and Napkins
Unique Christmas ornaments can get expensive… quickly. By going the DIY route, you can save money for other Christmas decor and get the exact custom ornaments that you want. I love decoupaging, because your design options are only limited by your holiday napkin, tissue paper, photo, or other paper selection.
Related: If you love wood round crafts, be sure to check out these Reversible Seasonal Wood Round Crafts – perfect for transitioning between the seasons.
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- small wood rounds (These are available in the unfinished wood aisle of your craft store. You can buy ornament rounds with holes pre-drilled, or else you can drill holes yourself.)
- white acrylic craft paint
- 1-inch flat paintbrush
- matte decoupage glue (like Mod Podge)
- plastic wrap
- decorative patterned holiday napkins (2-ply)
- fine grit sandpaper
Tutorial – How to Make Decoupage Ornaments
- Paint one side of the wood round with white acrylic paint. You can paint all the way to the wood slice edge, but I prefer to stop painting right before the ring around the bark. Let the paint dry completely.
- Peel apart the layers of the decorative napkin, and discard the bottom layer (the white piece). Cut a small square in the napkin, just a bit larger than the wood round. If there is text on the napkin, be sure to center this cut over the text.
- Apply a layer of decoupage decoupage glue over the white paint. Don’t make the layer too thin, or else the napkin paper will bubble and wrinkle. Smooth the small napkin square over the decoupage glue, then lay a small piece of plastic wrap over the napkin.
- Smooth out any bubbles. Remove the plastic wrap and let the decoupage glue dry completely.
- Use sandpaper to gently remove the excess napkin paper, smoothing the edges of the wood round.
- Seal the ornament with another layer of decoupage glue. Let dry completely.
- Use a piece of twine to hang the ornament. Note: You will need to use a pointed object to make a hole through the napkin if your wood rounds already have holes drilled in them.
I used these small wood rounds to make mini ornaments for a small tree that my kids like to decorate. They also got a kick out of being able to decorate a few of their own wood rounds, so feel free to get the whole family involved in this craft!
This post originally appeared on Crafts by Amanda, where I’m a contributor.