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Hand printed Wood Slice Ornaments using Crochet Flowers

Here are some really cool Christmas ornaments that were made by Judith L. and her daughter from California.  They used crochet flowers to print these neat designs onto some 3 inch wood slices and then put some holes in them and strung some twine through to hang them up.  Really neat idea!  They look like snow flakes and the possibilities are endless with using other colors and even possibly layering one color over another.

You can find wood slices to use for ornaments in our Church House Woodworks Etsy Shop.

Try your hand at making some home-made DIY ornaments.  You can use paints, markers, glitter, sand art, or decorate them with pictures, beads, jewels, etc.

Tree Branch Vase with Glass Pedestal DIY

Here is one of our tree branch vases that got an upgrade from Kayla S.  You can see that a glass pedestal was attached to the bottom of the vase to give it some height and character along with some shine and sophistication. A wood shaped heart with their initials burned in to it and tied on with some twine gives it a great personalized touch.  The patriotic Red, White, and Blue flowers make the perfect touch to this military family's wedding.

You can find the tree branch vases at our Church House Woodworks Etsy Shop.  The pedestals can usually be found in a Walmart or craft store like Hobby Lobby in the glass and candle holder section.  You can use a taper candle holder to make the base and then glue it to the bottom of the tree branch vase.  Make sure it bonds securely, you don't want it to come toppling down at your event!  She used a heart shaped wood tag for hers or you can also use a wood slice with a hole in it like the ones here.  If you further want to preserve your vase you can use an aerosol can of clear coat and give it 2 or 3 quick coats of a matte or satin finish.

Rustic Wood Slice Mosaic Art Fireplace Mantel DIY

Here is a super awesome wood slice mosaic fireplace mantel surround that was made by Ava C. from Pennsylvania.  She used wood slices in the 1 to 3 inch diameter range from our eclectic mix along with some cedar slices.  You can see many of the pieces were painted in a wide array of colors that mix with the natural tones of the wood to give a kaleidoscopic effect of an outdoorsy rustic feel coupled with a unique modernness that is sure to be a conversation piece that will draw the utmost attention.

If you would like to take on a project like this or make an art piece or a wall hanging then you can find a selection of pieces in our Churh House Woodworks Etsy Shop.

First you need to decide on what you want to do.  If you do not have a structure to attach the pieces to then you can use a scrap of lumber to make a backing.  We have made some using 1 inch thick/12 inch wide pine, or you can use larger pieces made form OSB, MDF, or plywood.  Then select the adhesive you would like to use.  We use a lot of Elmers wood glue for our projects, but most any adhesive that bonds wood will do.  Hot glue is fine for a lot of projects, but for something around a fireplace remember that if it heats up it can loosen the glue so for that you might go with a glue with a stronger more permanent bond like Gorilla glue or even a tube of F-13 or F-26.

If you plan to paint any of your pieces it seems easier to paint them before bonding them to your project.  Give them a little time to dry so that you can push down on the surface with some pressure when you attach them without having the paint come off on your fingers.

Working with a vertical surface is much more challenging than working on a flat work piece.  On a flat piece you can lay out your pieces and glue them one at a time, while on a wall you will have to better form a plan.  Make sure to get a mixture of the diameter sizes as you place them.  If you are using colors then make sure and mix them up.  Take a step back every now and then as you go to make sure it looks good from a viewing distance and so you can see what it needs more of less of.  Keep in mind that some adhesives bond instantly and others will give you a few minutes to change your mind.  On a vertical wall the ones that are not an instant bond can begin to slide down so since there are advantages/disadvantages to both kinds consider your needs when buying your materials.

After you art pieces is completed we recommend sealing it off with a clear coat.  They make brush-on clear coats by Minwax and other brands that work well, but it is usually a lot quicker and easier to just get a couple aerosol cans and give them about 3 coats.  This will preserve your treasure for years to come.  Remember that a Matte will leave an end result that looks more natural.  A satin will bring out just a bit more of the wood and color, and a Gloss can change the appearance entirely by deepening all the colors and tones and putting a very noticeable shine to the work.  We usually stick with a Matte finish, but it's all in what you want.

100 qty 1" to just under 2 inch Tiny Eclectic Wood Slices Mix small sizes, crafts, buttons, wood art, wedding decor, confetti, wood mosaics

100 qty 1" to just under 2 inch Tiny Eclectic Wood Slices Mix small sizes, crafts, buttons, wood art, wedding decor, confetti, wood mosaics

You will receive 100 small wood slices that are approximately 1 to JUST UNDER 2 inches in diameter and approx 1/4 inch thick. 

Wood types will be a mix of oak, cherry, elm, hickory, and possibly other tree types. 

These are great for art projects and wood mosaics. Can also be used as small accent pieces scattered across a table for a rustic wedding or event. 

The color and characteristics of each group will vary somewhat. Some have more or less color. Some have markings and others are more clear.

We also sell other sizes of wood slices and other items at