Follow this easy DIY Rustic Wood Framed Christmas Ornaments tutorial to add classic farmhouse charm to your holiday decorating.
We typically put up at least three Christmas trees every year. Two of the three trees are decorated with handmade ornaments and I absolutely love them. The third is decorated with ornaments that
Repurpose Christmas Printables
I was actually thinking about all the beautiful Christmas printables that you can download for free not only here and here and here on The Birch Cottage blog, but from many different places like here, here and here online. How can we incorporate those into our Christmas décor besides printing them and hanging in a frame?
Then I had an idea. What if we scale down the prints (resize them) and frame them with adorable little rustic frames? So, I ran with that idea…
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Here’s a video tutorial that shows you just how easy it is to make your own DIY Rustic Wood Framed Christmas Ornaments!
DIY Rustic Wood Framed Christmas Ornaments
I wanted this craft to be something that just about anyone could create with tools they probably already have in their home, like a printer and saw. And, honestly, if you don’t have a saw, you can get places like The Home Depot and Lowes to cut your wood strips for you.
Here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need to make these rustic wood framed Christmas ornaments. For exact quantities and measurements, please see the How-To card below.
- printer paper
- cardstock (I used comic book board)
- twine or ribbon
- craft glue
- screen molding, dowel rods or scraps of wood appropriate for frames
Tools & Equipment
And, of course, there are some tools and equipment you’ll want to have on hand before you begin this craft project:
- miter saw (or some way to cut your wood strips)
- paper trimmer
- glue gun & glue sticks (optional)
Tips for DIY Rustic Wood Framed Christmas Ornaments
Tip #1: Use Craft Glue
I tried making these rustic wood framed Christmas ornaments using my hot glue gun and glue sticks, wood glue and craft glue.
- Hot Glue Gun – If you choose to use your hot glue gun, just be sure to work quickly and apply firm pressure.
- Wood Glue – Although wood glue works great for constructing the frames. This type of glue takes time and pressure.
- Craft Glue – Dries clear, quickly and can be used for constructing the frame and attaching the print, twine and backing. One glue that does it all!
Tip #2: Scale Down or Resize Your Prints
When you go to print your Christmas prints, if you’re using a PDF or full page sized image, be sure to select 50% or 40% or whatever is needed to scale down (resize) your print.
This is a brief overview of the steps involved in creating your DIY Rust Wood Framed Christmas Ornaments. Scroll down to the How-To Card for the full printable instructions.
Step 1: Prepare Your Wood
You can use dowel rods, furring strips or any wood that you think will make nice frames for your prints. My husband actually planed and cut these strips of wood and then cut them into 3″ pieces. I found that craft glue worked the best for this project.
Step 2: Prepare Your Prints
You’ll want to resize or scale down your prints and/or images to fit inside your frame. Then simply print them and trim to fit.
Step 3: Glue Together
Once you have the frames built, resized, printed and cut out your images, you’re ready to glue it all together. You’ll also want some twine or ribbon and either cardstock or comic book board or even felt for the backing on your ornaments.
How To: DIY Rustic Framed Christmas Ornaments
- printer paper
- cardstock or comic book boards
- wood for frames
- paper trimmer
Prepare Your Frames
- I cut my furring strips approximately 3" each. Cut your strips to the same appropriate for your ornaments and prints.
- If you are going to stain or paint your wood frame pieces, do so now. Be sure to allow for dry time before proceeding.
- Attach your wood strips using glue so that they form a frame.
- Allow frame to dry.
Print Your Christmas Images
- Select the images or PDF prints that you want to use for your ornaments. Resize prints BEFORE printing. For my prints, I selected 50%.
- Use regular printer paper or cardstock paper and print your images.
- After your images have printed, trim them to fit your frames. My frames measure approximately 4" x 4".
- Use a paper trimmer or scissors to trim cardstock slightly smaller than your frame. The cardstock will be used to cover the back of the frame. It adds a finishing touch, hides the ends of the twine and adds stability to your framed ornament.
- You will cut one piece of cardstock for each framed ornament.
Assemble Your Ornament
- After your glued frame is dry and you have your images and cardstock cut to size, you're ready to assemble your rustic frames.
- Apply glue to the front of the prints along each of the four edges.
- Lay the frame down on top of the print, centering your design. Apply firm but steady pressure. Turn your frame over to the back.
- Cut a piece of twine or ribbon 6" long. Fold in half and apply glue to the ends of the twine. Center twine on the top back of the frame. Press into place.
- Apply glue to the edges of the cardstock and place on top of the twine and the back of your print/frame. Apply pressure by rubbing your finger along the edges on the back of the framed image.
- Allow glue to completely dry (shouldn't take but a few minutes).
More Craft Ideas
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Til next time…