Learning to make these photo ornaments with reclaimed wood will be the best thing you learn to do this season. With a few tools and a little creative vision, you too can have a beautifully rustic photo ornament. I
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- table saw or miter saw, both will get the job done
- measuring tape
- 1/4″ twist bit
- mod podge
- printed photo
- hot glue
Time needed: 1 hour.
- Set table saw at 6″ to the blade.
Making your measurements to the side of the blade rather than the center will ensure an accurate cut. This is important for projects where precision is important. In this case, it isn’t a huge factor. We were just going for general shape and sizes here.
- Cut wood to size
- Mark the top center for drilling hole
- Drill hole using a 1/4″ twist bit
- Rough Up the surface using sandpaper
- Dry Brush with paint
For added depth, add a layer of dry brushed paint. This technique can be achieved by applying a very little amount of paint to the brush and apply using quick, short strokes until the brush is dry.
- Mod Podge Photo
- Embellishments and Additional Distressing (optional)
Bring the look together by adding a rag bow and/or pinecones, jingle bells, tinsel…whatever makes you happy. I also like to use my sandpaper to distress the edges of the image for added character. There really is no wrong way to make your own photo ornaments with reclaimed wood.
And just like that you can have a completely unique piece top add to your tree this season. Not only are they fun to make but they are just as fun to give! Get creative and experiment with colored images and various sizes and shapes of wood for more unique looks!