Add charm to your Christmas tree with DIY animal ornaments, including ideas for a fox, penguin, raccoon, and moose.


If you're looking for the perfect DIY ornaments to make with your kids, you've found them! These simple and fun wood-slice animal ornaments are a great way to teach your older kiddos how to make ornaments. Plus, you'll love the way they look hanging on your Christmas tree. The adorable animal faces add a playful touch, and wood slices are inexpensive and easy to work with. Just grab some paint and felt, and you're ready to design the animal of your choice. We recommend a raccoon, fox, penguin, and moose, but any furry friend will do.

wood slice painted raccoon ornament with felt
wood slice moose ornament felt detail
penguin wood slice ornament with paint and felt
Center: Credit: Matthew Clark

How to Make Wood Slice Animal Ornaments

Supplies Needed

  • Wood slices
  • Paintbrushes
  • Crafts paint
  • Pencil
  • Permanent marker
  • Felt
  • Hot-glue gun and sticks
  • Drill
  • Ribbon

Step-by-Step Directions

Follow these simple instructions to make your own wooden Christmas ornaments. You should be able to complete this DIY ornament project in under an hour.

Step 1: Paint Background

Paint a coat of your desired background color on the wood slice ornament. Allow it to dry. Repeat with another coat.

Step 2: Draw and Paint Face Shape

Use a pencil to lightly draw the face shape of your animal of choice, including the nose and eyes. We made a raccoon, fox, moose, and penguin for our wooden ornaments. Paint the face shape onto your wood slice ornament. Allow it to dry before painting another coat and letting it dry.

Step 3: Draw Face Details

Using a permanent marker, draw face details like eyes, a nose, whiskers, or fur. Drawing these small details will be easier than painting them onto the wooden ornaments.

Step 4: Cut and Attach Felt

Cut ears, a tail, or paws out of felt or thick fabric for your wood slice ornament. Using a hot-glue gun, glue felt pieces together if they're layered, such as a striped raccoon tail. Attach felt pieces to the back of the wood slice ornament using a hot-glue gun. Press them down firmly to make sure the pieces are secure.

Step 5: Attach Screw Eye and Hanger

First drill a pilot hole into the top of your wooden ornament. Next twist a screw eye into the hole. Feed ribbon or twine through the screw eye for a hanger. Finally, hang your wooden Christmas ornament on your tree!


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