The Prettiest Packages under the Tree

Pretty Presents | Wood Ornament Tutorial

This weekend is the last chance to put the finishing touches on Christmas, which is just around the corner! Today Cody and I baked cookies, I shopped for stocking stuffers with my dad and continuous snow all but guaranteed a white Christmas.

Pretty Presents | Wood Ornament Tutorial

Last night I finished wrapping my gifts, which didn’t take long at all thanks to the number of family and friends who decided not to exchange gifts this year. Instead, we’ll be attending events together, and saving for vacation and long weekend trips later this year.

I wouldn’t want to skip gifts altogether though, because choosing my wrapping paper, ribbon and gift toppers is my favorite part of Christmas. This year I wanted something simple and not too Christmasy. My first choice was matte black paper, but I couldn’t find any in a local store. If anyone knows of a specialty store in Buffalo (or an online shop with free shipping) let me know!

Pretty Presents | Wood Ornament Tutorial

Pretty Presents | Wood Ornament Tutorial

Instead, I went with two-toned silver paper in both stripes and a floral pattern. It’s a Hallmark paper that I found in the bridal section of Walmart. I paired it with a bright blue in 2 widths to keep things wintery. Each package got a white tag and a wooden ornament to finish things off.

Make Your Own Wooden Ornaments

The wooden ornaments not only add a natural element to these packages, they make a nice homemade stocking stuffer as well!

To make your own, start with a decent sized branch. I chose pine to keep things Christmasy, but birch would be really pretty as well! Dad helped me slice them about 1/2 inch thick with the table saw and I sanded them down to make them smooth enough to write on. Some of the bark was loose, so I snuck hot glue under it to keep everything together.

Pretty Presents | Wood Ornament Tutorial

At this point you can either paint or leave the wood natural, which is what I chose to do.

I found really cute Christmas lettering on Pinterest (they’re all saved on my Christmas Crafting board) to use on the ornaments. Just print them the approximate size of the wood slices and use chalk to transfer the design. To do this, color the side of the paper without the lettering with a thick layer of chalk. Trace the lettering using a ballpoint pen with the paper’s chalk side towards the wood and then go over the chalk lines with a Sharpie.

Once I found a few designs I liked and that weren’t too hard to transfer I stuck with those for all the ornaments. There were more than a few flat-out ugly ornaments that didn’t make it past this step.

Pretty Presents | Wood Ornament Tutorial

I added a couple of coats of Minwax Polycrylic and drilled a small hole to thread a ribbon through. Overall, I’m pretty excited about how these turned out and they didn’t take too long, besides the sanding. If I were to do these again, I’d dry out the slices before sanding them by putting them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 200°.

Pretty Presents | Wood Ornament Tutorial

Are you all ready for the holiday? There were lots of last minute shoppers out today, so I’m guessing some of you will be wrapping tonight and tomorrow!

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