Every year, we love to come up with our own DIY ornaments. Normally we craft them out of felt or paper. But this year we are using wood veneer! Designed by Krista, these wooden winter sprig ornaments are a beginner-friendly project and so fun to make.
Altogether there are six different ornaments you can make using our pattern below, including mistletoe, holly, pine, oak leaf, acorn, and a mixed branch.
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Spruce up your tree with sprigs
These wooden winter sprig ornaments have a simple and minimalistic design, which we love. And although they look dainty and delicate, they are made from natural maple wood veneer and backed by a layer of thin chipboard for added strength. If you have any questions about this project, don’t hesitate to ask. Otherwise, happy crafting!
Crafting tips: You can paint your wooden winter sprig ornaments in colors to match your existing tree decor, or leave them unpainted (we love both!). If you already have plenty of ornaments for your tree, you can hang a bunch of them on a strand to create a festive holiday garland or use them as gift toppers.
How to Make Wooden Winter Sprig Ornaments
- Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the template below.
- Prep the wood veneer by placing it with the wood grain going vertical onto a StrongGrip cutting mat. Tape down the edges with masking tape. Following Cricut’s instructions, cut out the wood pieces using the Cricut Wood Veneer setting and a Deep Cut Blade. The machine will make multiple passes on the material, but check that it cut all the way through the wood when it is done (without removing the mat from the machine). If not, run it through the material again, checking after each pass.
- Use a detail knife to go over any areas that might still be attached. Remove each ornament, being careful not to bend them because they can easily crack along the grain. Note, if cutting by hand: print and cut out the PDF template. Trace onto you materials and then cut out using a detail knife.
- Sand the edges of the wooden ornaments carefully using a fine grit sandpaper to smooth. A nail file works perfect for getting around all the curves and into the small corners.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
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- Cutting Machine (recommended) with Deep Cut Blade and StrongGrip Mat
- Detail Knife
- Fine Grit Sandpaper
- Small Paintbrushes
- 12″x12″ Maple Wood Veneer
- 12″x12″ Brown Chipboard
- Matte Acrylic Paint — White, Celadon, Teal Green, Red Deep, and Red Violet
- Embroidery Floss — DMC Gold
- Scrap of Cardstock Paper
- Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
- Clear Matte Acrylic Sealer Spray
- Masking Tape
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