It’s been crazy busy around here lately! We hosted my parents for Thanksgiving, and then it’s been nonstop hustle and bustle ever since then. I love this time of year, but I look forward to being able to relax a little more after Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas, I made these wood slice temple ornaments for our primary children and teachers this week. I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The image is of the Salt Lake Temple. It is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen! We always try to do something special for the kids and their teachers who help us so much every week. Our theme for primary this year was “Families Are Forever.” I thought this would be a good reminder of what we talked about all year– how we believe our families are sealed together forever within the walls of the temple.
I considered buying a wood burning tool, but I decided to try this method first from Upcycled Treasures. It uses an inkjet printer paper transfer, so you can make your own design and print it out. I tried a few transfers with words, but some of the wood slices were very small so I had to use a small size font. I felt like the temple image transferred better than any text I attempted because it was big and bold, so I made them all temples. You could use any design – just make sure there is a good amount of black ink when printing so it transfers well. Here is how I made them:
Wood Slice Temple Ornament
- Wood slices (I found these in 4 packs at Michael’s for $1.99)
- Inkjet printer
- Masking tape
- Cup of water
- Foam paintbrush
- Sharpie lid
- Mod Podge
- Electric drill and bits
- Baker’s twine
- Sand down one side of each wood slice where you will be transferring your image to create an even surface.
- Obtain your template and print it on a inkjet printer (important: laser printer ink will not transfer with this method). If using words, make sure to flip the image on the computer so that it prints in reverse (it will flip back once transferred).
- Cut out your paper template and place it face down onto each wood slice. Secure with masking tape.
- Wet the paper template with a bit of water using a foam paintbrush. Using the back of a Sharpie lid, rub the image off onto the wood slice. If needed, add more water. Be careful to work slowly as to not rip the paper.
- Slowly peel a corner of the paper to check how the ink has transferred. If not dark enough, add a bit more water and try rubbing some more.
- Remove the paper and let dry. Seal with Mod Podge.
- Drill a small hole in the top of each ornament, large enough for a piece of baker’s time to fit between.
- Tie your string and hang on your tree!
Alternatively, you could use some small eye hooks instead of drilling a hold in each one. I packaged these up in some small treat bags with festive construction paper. Merry Christmas!