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DIY Hand Lettered Ornament – Wood Slices Made Beautiful

Let’s make a fun and custom DIY hand lettered ornament in a beautiful bouncy hand lettering style. You don’t need any experience, just grab a pencil!

3 DIY hand lettered ornament samples on a red buffalo plaid Christmas background

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You Can Make a DIY Hand Lettered Ornament!

It’s no secret that I love to share free hand lettering practice sheets here on Ruffles and Rain Boots. If you’re new to my site, you can get access to all of the free hand lettering practice by joining up with our weekly newsletter (sign up here) or by checking out the practice sets in my shop.

So many of you respond to my weekly newsletter asking for project ideas and today, I’m sharing one of my favorite hand lettering projects for Christmas: DIY hand lettered ornaments! Using inexpensive wood slices, you can decorate an entire tree or gift everyone you know a custom, DIY hand lettered ornament this year.

Note: we are going to use a bouncy font style. If you’re looking for a large brush style lettered ornament, try practicing with this alphabet first.

RELATED READING: Here’s How to Get Started Hand Lettering (Free Practice!)

Supplies for Hand Lettering Ornaments

We don’t need much to get started on this Christmas hand lettering project. You’ll need:

  • Round wood slices (these are predrilled – we had to drill holes in ours)
  • Pencil and fine tip permanent marker or pen
  • White acrylic paint and a small paintbrush
  • Decorative ribbon (we used 1/8″ wide)
  • Practice Template (download it here)

3 DIY hand lettered Christmas ornaments on Buffalo Check Plaid background

How to Make a Wood Slice Hand Lettered Ornament

Even if you haven’t done a lick of hand lettering before, don’t worry – you can make these DIY hand lettered ornaments! Be sure to download the practice template above and you’ll see how easy it is. If you have a playlist on YouTube to which you’d like to add this project, here is our hand lettered Christmas ornament video tutorial.

Yield: 3-6 Lettered Ornaments

DIY Hand Lettered Ornament - Wood Slices for the Win

3 DIY hand lettered Christmas ornaments on Buffalo Check Plaid background

Let's make a fun and custom DIY hand lettered ornament in a beautiful bouncy hand lettering style. You don't need any experience, just grab a pencil!

Active Time 25 minutes
Drying Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Round wood slices (these are predrilled - we had to drill holes in ours)
  • Pencil and fine tip permanent marker or pen
  • White acrylic paint and a small paintbrush
  • Decorative ribbon (we used 1/8" wide)
  • Practice Template (download it here)

Instructions

  1. Paint the wood slices with white paint, leaving a border unpainted along the outside of each wood slice. Repeat once dry and set aside.
  2. Determine your writing space. Trace the outline of the wood slices and then roughly gauge the inner border (where the paint will end). Create a few to practice with.
  3. Practice writing the phrases inside the templates you've created.
  4. After ensuring each wood slice is dry, copy the phrase in pencil over to the ornament. Carefully trace over the pencil marks with your permanent marker or pen. As with all lettering, make sure the down strokes are thicker than the upstrokes.
  5. Let dry overnight before erasing any visible pencil marks. Note: if the marker smudges at all, stop and wait.
  6. Add a ribbon and hang (or gift) your DIY hand lettered ornament! Photo collage of Tutorial - DIY Hand Lettered Ornament for Christmas

Notes

For more hand lettering and Christmas crafts, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots.com

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Viktoria | Awesome Alice

Sunday 18th of November 2018

These ornaments are amazing! I love the rustic look mixed with hand lettering. Now I just need to get my hand on a bunch of wood slices :D

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Monday 19th of November 2018

Aren't they just so fun? I love that I can letter anything on them - we're doing names for a friend of ours. Happy lettering!

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