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DIY Wood Slice Jewelry

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I still have many slices of wood from our Christmas tree and have been thinking of creative ways to use them. I wasn’t sure how I would use some of these smaller slices from the top portion but turning them into jewelry seemed perfect. I thought about painting images on the slices but remembered I bought that wood burner that would be perfect. I don’t have a steady hand to draw with so I did use my Cricut to make some stencils.

Wood Slice Jewelry

Wood Slice Jewelry

What you’ll need:

Wood slices (sliced this, 1 – 1.5 inches)
Drill or Crop-A-Dile
Jewelry Chain
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Creative Woodburner

How to:

How to wood burn wood slices

  • Draw or stencil shapes on the slices with a sharp pencil.
  • Carefully fill in the tracing with the wood burner, lightly go over the pencil line to help blend it in.
  • Drill the top of the wood slice with a hole.
  • Thread the jump ring through and then the chain or earring hooks.

How to wood burn wood slices

DIY Wood Slice Jewelry

These are perfect for yourself or as gifts!

Wood Burned Coasters

If you are new to wood burning, check out my tips in this post: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/12/26/20-diy-wood-slice-crafts/

 

 

 

Candy Heart Wreath

If you love candy hearts but maybe you’re trying to to eat so many sweets right now, this candy heart wreath is a perfect Valentine’s Decor piece. This is actually a pretty easy craft that took only about an hour and a half. This craft is actually perfect if you have some leftover hearts too!

Candy Heart Wreath

Candy Heart Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Candy Hearts (a very large bag, I bought one at CVS)
  • Flat Paper Mache Wreath ( I bought this one at Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot Glue

Start at the bottom and work your way around in layers. Glue dots to the backs of each heart until the wreath is full.

candy hearts

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Make a Sprinkles Necklace!

 If you saw my Valentine’s cookie gifts this week, you know I am on a sprinkle kick with the Clever Teen. Having an abundance of sprinkles from the cake store, I made these cute necklaces. I thought that maybe she was too old for something like this but she loved them! These sprinkle necklaces are cute for Valentine’s Day, birthdays or just for fun. They would make great favors at a rainbow party too!

Sprinkles aren’t just for baking as they make a great accent for only a few cents. I’ve used them in replace of glitter on cards too!

Learn how easy it is to make sprinkle bottle necklaces!

How to Make Sprinkles Necklaces

What you’ll need:

Directions:

  • Take the jars and place the funnel inside. Slowly pour the sprinkles in until it’s near the top.
  • Screw the eye ring into the cork.
  • Take hot glue or jewelry glue and glue the cork to the inside of the bottle.
  • Loop the chain into the eye rings.

Learn how easy it is to make sprinkle bottle necklaces!

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Spray Painted Deer Candle

While thrifting recently, we came across this deer candle. It was so cute I knew I had to have it! However, I wanted a gold deer to match our décor. A friend recently asked me if you could spray paint a candle. I thought about it and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t spray painted a candle yet! So I got out my favorite gold spray paint and painted it. I was worried about needing a primer but most specialty paints have a durable base that works as a primer.

Spray Painted Deer Candle
BEFORE

Spray Painted Candle:

Supplies:

Tutorial:

Simply wipe the candle clean of any dirt or fingerprints. Hold the spray paint approx 8 inches away and and coat the candle. Allow to dry then display!

Spray Painted Deer Candle

 

Don’t throw away your Christmas tree! You can recycle your tree into gifts and decor such as wood slice ornaments & coasters to last many years to come.

Wood Burned Deer Wood Slice Coasters

One of our favorite traditions for Christmas is going and cutting our Christmas tree down in the forest. Everything from the hunting of it to the smell of it as we load it on the truck, it’s a favorite memory of mine year after year. This year though I threw everyone off by saying I was looking for a crafting tree. I tried to esplain that I am looking for a large enough tree that has a big base but it’s tall enough for me to cut a large part of the trunk off and still have a tree to display in our house. I wanted to use the trunk to cut into slices to make into gifts! Little did they know, I was going to cut this tree in pieces so I could give them something to remember our trip by for Christmas.

Wood Slice Crafts

We ended up finding one that was perfect and I was blown away by how many wood slices we got out of the trunk. My brother cut a big portion of the trunk off with his chainsaw them took the chainsaw to remove the branches.  This made it easy-peasy to load into the truck. Then I took the branches to make a wreath out of (waste not my friends).

Once we got the trunk out, Clever Dad cut it into slices using a Miter saw. This was an easy process that only took a couple of minutes and produced a lot of wood slices. I then took those and turned them into some fun gifts.

Before I started this adventure, I bought this wood burner Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner from Amazon. This tool is amazing and I am so glad I bought it. The possibilities with this thing are endless! I created some ornaments and wood slice coasters to give out as gifts.

What to do with wood slices from a Christmas tree

Before you start your wood crafting adventures first you’ll need to cut the wood into wood slices. This would be best with a circular or miter saw. Once your wood is cut, you’ll want to dry them out so they don’t seal with moisture inside. I baked mine on the rack directly (the cookie sheet did not work well) for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. By doing this you’re house will also smell divine!

Wood Burned Deer Wood Slice Coasters

Here’s what you’ll need to make the wood ornaments and coasters:

How to:

Wood slice coasters

Wood Slice Coasters: Simply find the largest ones that are comparable in size, sand them smooth and then finish with a sealant.

To burn the wood slices: 

  • Practice makes perfect, take one of your not so pretty pieces of wood and practice with each of the tips. The kit above has 4 tips and they are each great for their own task.
  • Before burning, write with a pencil what you would like to burn, then trace it with one of the tips.
  • Did you know you could use your Cricut to make a stencil? This is very easy and is how I made my deer stencil. I simply cut the deer onto vinyl then I made a square cut around it so I could adhere it to the wood slice. After removing the actual deer cut, I then used the pointed tip to outline the inside of the stencil. I changed the tips and then used the more rounded tip to fill in the deer.


Monogram wood slice ornament

Wood Slice Ornaments: After burning them, drill a hole about 1/2 inch from the top. Run ribbon or twine through the whole then tie together for the ornament.\

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