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.
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.
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.
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!
Here’s what you’ll need to make the wood ornaments and 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.
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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