It’s (almost) Christmas in July, and this week we have a lovely DIY wood ornament project to share. This simple Birth of Christ Christmas ornament will be an elegant reminder of the reason for the season and will look great on your tree or as part of your other holiday decor.
It was fascinating seeing the voting this week for our Make It with Michelle Monday project.
On Instagram stories, “glory” won out over “fear not,” but it was the opposite on Facebook stories.
I added them up together though, and “glory” still triumphed, so that’s what we’ll use.
You’ll get both files with your download and a link to the printable for the birth story, thanks to Carrie from Lovely, etc.
We’re gearing up for a Five Day Fun challenge series featuring Christmas projects, so we thought this would be a perfect time to do an ornament for a Make It with Michelle project.
We host the Fun Five Challenge twice a year, with the goal of doing projects with supplies you probably already have on hand.
Registration details are posted on our social media when one is coming up, so keep an eye out for them!
See how to make the Birth of Christ Christmas ornament:
Supplies and tools for making our homemade Christmas ornament
- SVG download from My Designs in the Chaos (linked below or you could use a word of your choice)
- Birth story in Luke 2 — the printable filed download for this week’s project has the entire birth story, and a more zoomed in version with Luke 2 (or you could copy a page from your own Bible and use that)
- Paper for printing out the story
- Mod Podge
- Sponge/foam brush, scissors, weeding tool and scraper
- Small nail or other sharp item to poke a hole through the paper
- Adhesive vinyl (I used black, but use whatever color you want for your ornament)
- Transfer tape
- Small piece of greenery
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Ribbon (optional)
Copy out or print the birth story. Then trace around your wood slice on the page. Cut your traced circle out, but cut a little inside the line so that it will fit on your wood slice.
Wood slices are all shaped differently, and tracing will make it easier to fit each one.
Trim around the outside a little more if you need to make it smaller to fit, and just make sure the words will be seen.
Brush mod podge onto the wood slice. It doesn’t have to be super heavy — a little bit will do the job.
Line up the birth story on the wood slice, paying attention to where the hole in the wood slice is so your words will be on there correctly and attach it.
Use your scraper to flatten it out if needed. Let the mod podge dry completely.
Tip: Use a small nail or some other small, sharp object to poke a hole through the paper right after you mod podge it.
Cut out the svg file for “glory” on adhesive vinyl. Weed out the design. (If you’re new to using your craft machine and vinyl, weeding means that we remove all the vinyl that we don’t want to see on our finished project.)
Use transfer tape to transfer the design onto the wood slice. You can use your scraper to help you press the tape down evenly over the design.
Peel the backing off the adhesive vinyl and place the words over the story (and remember to make sure the mod podge is completely dry first).
I put my word a little below the center since I’ll be adding some greenery at the top. There are a lot of ways you can add more detail to this ornament.
You could add glitter or add the Bible verse.
To give the top a little more pizazz, let’s add some greenery.
Wrap some twine around the middle of the greenery several times. Use some hot glue to seal the end piece of twine on.
Cut another piece of twine or ribbon, thread through the hole, and tie it at the top. If using ribbon, you could leave the knot showing and make a bow to make it part of the decoration.
If using twine, move the knot to the hole from the backside and bring it through so you can cover it with the greenery. Use hot-glue to attach the greenery to the ornament.
That’s really all there is to making this super cute and simple DIY holiday ornament.
We just took a printout of the birth story, cut it into a round to fit on our wood slice, used some modge podge to attach it, added adhesive vinyl wording, and added greenery and twine to tie it all together.
You could put a piece of felt or adhesive vinyl in a cute holiday pattern on the backside.
Or you could personalize it with a family name or a timely saying, like Baby’s First Christmas or the year.
And think outside the box, or off the tree, with how you can display this special ornament.
You could hang it with other holiday-themed art, tuck it into garland or other greenery on a mantle or railing, or even include it as part of the bow on a gift.
Didn’t it turn out adorable? Tell me which one is your favorite in the comments below!
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