You can easily make these DIY rustic handmade Christmas ornaments from reclaimed wood!
It’s no secret that I love handmade everything. Last year my hubby bought me some tall pencil Christmas trees so I could have a tree in not only our family room in the basement, but our dining and living rooms.
We have a large family and we typically celebrate Christmas morning in our large family room in the basements. It provides ample room for all seven children, their spouses, and grandchildren. It’s quite a sight!
Speaking of family, today is my husband’s birthday! It’s also our dog Zoey’s 2nd birthday. My husband says it’s no longer his birthday since Zoey out shines him! It’s actually kind of sweet that they share a birthday. Happy birthday, Lenny!! Happy Birthday, Zoey!
Well, when my hubby bought me the two pencil trees, I couldn’t wait to decorate them. I had a theme with each tree and my favorite is the rustic themed tree in our living room. It’s full of rusty bells, pine cones strung with twine and a variety of these DIY Rustic Wooden Christmas Ornaments that I made from reclaimed fence pickets.
Some of the rustic wooden Christmas ornaments say “There’s no place like home.” While others simply have deer heads or snowflakes painted on them.
I don’t really have a tutorial for you (I hope to at some point), but I can tell you how I made mine and maybe that will be inspiration enough for you to make some as well!
DIY Rustic Handmade Christmas Ornaments from Reclaimed Wood
A few years ago, my husband bought “us” a pallet full of old fence pickets. I’ve made all sorts of things (or rather my husband has made all sorts of things) out of the reclaimed wood. We’ve made clocks, trays, ornaments, a welcome sign, more trays and more clocks and even some adorable signs for our bedroom doors. If you follow The Birch Cottage on Instagram, you’ve probably seen these!
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- Fence pickets, reclaimed wood, or wood shapes
- Drill and drill bit (what I use)
- Sand Paper
- Stain (my favorite dark stain)
- Stencil (I use my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine – love it!)
- Paint (I make my own chalk paint)
- Paint Brush
- Polycrylic (optional)
- Cut fence pickets to appropriate size. My ornaments are approximately 6″ wide.
- Lightly sand the wood to remove any debris and smooth the rough edges.
- Drill two holes in the top of the pieces so you can hang your ornaments.
- Stain wood and allow to dry. (I usually let them dry overnight.)
- Use a stencil (I used my Cricut to make my stencils) or handpaint the designs on your wood pieces.
- Let paint dry and lightly sand. Apply one coat of polycrylic to protect the finish. Let dry.
- Cut a piece of twine about 8″ long. Insert one end into one of the drilled holes and tie a knot. Insert the other end into the other hole and tie a knot. You’ll want to adjust your twine according to how long you want the hanger to be. Trim off any excess twine.
Pretty easy, right? If you don’t have access to fence pickets, you could purchase wood or fence pickets from your local lumber store . You can even purchase blank pieces of wood from your craft store, like these wood shapes from Michaels.
I just adore (trying to use a word other than “love”) these DIY Rustic Handmade Christmas Ornaments that I made from reclaimed fence pickets. They are unique, one-of-a-kind and can easily be customized.
What handmade ornaments are you making this year? I’d love to hear about it!
Til next time…