How to Make Adorable Wood-Slice Animal Ornaments
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.
How to Make Wood Slice Animal Ornaments
- Wood slices
- Crafts paint
- Permanent marker
- Hot-glue gun and sticks
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!