slim christmas tree by staircase with diy wood ornaments

I added a slim tree to our foyer this year and actually debated leaving it without decorations since it was so pretty all on its own. But decided I wanted to add something to the tree. Since it is a slim tree I knew whatever I decorated it with needed to be simple and neutral.

before wood ornaments in pile on counter

I found this cute wood ornament with the word “Hope” printed on it at AC Moore that I loved but it was too big and bulky for my slim tree. Plus they only had 3 different style ornaments. I knew I’d want more than 3 words repeated on my tree and I also knew I could recreate something similar that would work better for me.

Wood and Tools Needed

view of wood trim pieces in store

Since the tree is so narrow I didn’t want my ornaments to be too heavy. I found the perfect solution in the building department at Lowes with this prefinished building trim sold in 7 ft. lengths. And it was really inexpensive…like under $5! But you could even use pieces of recycled lattice or wood that you may already have.

Measure wood strips

overhead view of miter saw and womans hands measuring trim with ruler

I decided to make my ornaments 5″ long so one length of the trim would be enough to make 16 DIY Christmas tree ornaments. Using a simple ruler I measured the 7 ft. trim into 5″ sections.

Cut wood pieces

woman cutting trim pieces with miter saw

Using our miter saw made cutting the 5″ pieces super simple! This tool is a new one for us and we can’t wait to come up with some more DIY projects so we can use it more.

Drill Holes

close up of man drilling hole in diy wood ornaments

Chris helped me with drilling holes near the end of in the 5″ pieces to tie the twine through later.

Craft Supplies Needed

craft supplies on counter before making diy ornaments

Once all your ornaments are cut down into the correct length you can gather all the craft supplies you’ll need to finish the DIY Christmas ornaments.

  • craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • alphabet stamps
  • stamp pad
  • twine
  • scissors

Paint Wood Ornaments

pile of wood pieces with paint and sponge brush

Since the trim I bought was made of polystyrene it’s not necessary to paint it. However, if you aren’t good with stamping you may need to paint over your mistakes. Take it from me…haha! Acrylic craft paint applied with a sponge brush made this step super quick.

Stamp Christmas Words

close up of stamping words on ornaments

I wanted my DIY Christmas ornaments to have a farmhouse style so I stamped Christmas words on each one with black ink. After making several “mistakes” I learned that stamping isn’t meant to be perfect. That made it so much easier!

Add Twine

wood ornaments stamped with words with twine and scissors laying on counter

This natural jute twine from Hobby Lobby is a staple in my house because I use it for so many things from craft projects to wrapping gifts. It gave the stamped DIY ornaments a rustic farmhouse vibe that I love.

Hang on Christmas Tree

pile of completed diy wood ornaments

Once the DIY ornaments were all finished I didn’t notice the imperfections that I was focusing on as I was stamping the words. And I was able to stamp a different Christmas word or saying on each one instead of repeating words.

close up of wood diy ornament hanging on tree
view of slim tree with farmhouse wood ornaments

I love how these simple DIY wood ornaments look hung on this slim Christmas tree. Do you have a favorite craft project you’ve done this year?

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