Easy String Art Christmas Ornament

Make a set of trendy DIY ornaments in your favorite Christmas shapes. You'll love our our secret trick to getting the perfect shape, every time!

DIY star ornament

Use a hammer and nails to transform an ordinary wood slice into an adorable string art ornament for your tree. We chose gold and white baker's twine to complete this star pattern, but you could use regular twine for a rustic look or bright embroidery thread to add a pop of color. This project is so easy, you'll be making ornaments in every shape and color! 

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What You'll Need

wooden holiday ornament supplies
  • Wood slice 
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • String
  • Drill
  • Hammer and nails 

Step 1: Nail Image Pattern

first nail in wooden ornament

To make the ornament, trace wood slice onto a piece of plain paper and cut out. Draw a simple shape on the paper circle and place over the wood slice; begin to hammer nails into the wood slice following the pattern. Use small nails and keep in mind that you only want to hammer the nails far enough to keep them securely in place without poking through the other side. 

Step 2: Drill Ornament Hole

drilling hole for hanging wooden ornament

When all the nails have been placed, remove the paper from the wood slice; you won't need it again, so don't worry if the paper tears while you're removing it. Use a drill to create a hole in the top of the slice; this is for hanging the ornament. 

Step 3: String Ornament

wrapping string around nails on ornament

Use colored baker's twine to finish the string pattern of the ornament. Tie one end of the string around the first nail to secure the string, then wrap around the nail pattern a few times. When you're happy with the thickness of the string pattern, tie off the ends of the string and trim. 

Step 4: Loop and Hang

Three DIY ornaments

Use string in a contrasting color to create a hanging loop for the ornament. Attach the ornament to a gift as a bonus item for a friend, or hang directly on your own tree! 

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