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DIY: Hand Stamped Woodland Ornaments + A Slim Profile Christmas Tree Made Merry and Bright
I was hesitant to share this post because there are probably thousands of DIY Woodland Ornament tutorials floating around on Pinterest however, I changed my mind when I realized just how complicated some of those tutorials are. Many of the tutorials involve tracing shapes, coloring in small spaces, using a special kind of paper, or using a wood-burning tool. Those methods are great if you have the patience for it but I’m here to tell you, I don’t.
When I spotted a set of Christmas-related wooden stamps in Michaels, I knew exactly what I was going to use them for. First, making woodland ornaments. Second, for decorating white and brown gift wrapping paper. Although rubber stamps are an investment, they definitely pay for themselves. You can use them year after year to make cards, gift tags, decorations, invitations, etc., I like craft supplies that earn their keep around here.
The rubber stamp set I purchased at Michaels contains eighteen stamps and they set me back about $8.00. I scoured the Michaels website but I was unable to find them online. Here’s what they look like:
Three of the stamps on the left are from Etsy and I’ve linked to them below. I bought the wood slices off of Etsy also (linked below) but you can find them this time of year in just about any local craft store.
25 small birch wood slices (pre-drilled with holes with twine attached)
If you plan on using your stamps on wood like I did, I highly recommend VersaCraft ink. It’s permanent on wood and fabric (once heat set). It’s worth the few extra dollars.
That polar bear is so stinking cute, isn’t he?!
Before you start stamping on your wood slices, I definitely recommend practicing on cardstock paper. You can cut small circles to match the shapes of the wood slices so you can practice centering the stamp.
Once I got the hang of it, I started stamping.
Since I was aiming for that rustic look, I didn’t worry about perfection. I made these ornaments to have fun and because I love all things woodland.
Note: Did you see the Woodland Buffalo Plaid wreath I made?
I know that many bloggers don’t post projects unless they’re Pinterest perfect. I don’t live in that world and I think it sets unrealistic expectations. I want my home to look lived in, loved in, and comfortable. I don’t want it to look magazine perfect and I don’t want to worry about messing something up. Life’s too short for all of that (in my humble opinion).
After you’ve stamped your wood slices, let them dry overnight. Trust me on this one ;). You can add a clear sealant although it’s not necessary since this ink is permanent.
Since I have four felines and one crazy canine in the house, we seldom buy real Christmas trees. We usually stick to artificial because a) I hate the thought of a dying tree in my house b) live trees are messy c) the cats like to climb live trees but usually leave the artificial ones alone and d) I save money by buying an artificial tree once instead of buying a live tree year after year.
Speaking of not Pinterest-perfect, my hand slipped when I stamped the pine tree ornament (above) so instead of throwing it away, I layered on the pine trees to disguise the error. It’s like a mini-forest! Just go with it, my friends.
The tree that you’re seeing in the background, it’s from the kind folks at Soft Surroundings. They sent me a complimentary medium Flat Holiday Pre-Lit Tree and it’s perfect for this condo dweller. The tree’s slim profile means it fits perfectly in narrow spaces like an entryway or mantel. The trees come in three sizes: Small (4′), Medium (5′) or Large (7-1/2′) and each tree is “potted” in a distressed urn. The lights are LED’s so they don’t get hot and there’s no worry about bulbs burning out.
Gracie the cat thinks the tree and tree skirt are hers only. She chases all the other cats away so she can hog that coveted area. Cats and Christmas trees go together like cats and boxes.
I received the medium size (5′) tree and it fit perfectly between my tv stand and bookcase. I added some red ribbon from the craft store, made a bow for the top, added the hand-stamped woodland ornaments and voila, I have a merry and bright party going on in my living room.
Now that the woodland ornaments are done, I can get started wrapping gifts. I’ll be using the rubber stamps to dress up my packages and I’m certain they’ll make an appearance in an upcoming post.
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A huge thank you to Soft Surroundings for helping make my house merry and bright. If you’d like to learn more about the gorgeous products that Soft Surroundings carries, you can follow them on Facebook , Twitter, and Pinterest. You can also see a few of their products in my cozy entryway makeover.
Are you making any handmade ornaments this year?