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How to Make Photo Ornaments with Reclaimed Wood

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

f you like repur­posed DIY home decor you will love my pri­vate mem­ber­ship group and wood project sub­scrip­tion. In this group you can learn to make this project step by step with expert tips, become a part of a com­mu­ni­ty of like-mind­ed women who love to make their home beau­ti­ful and want to learn how to make their own decor, exclu­sive invi­ta­tions to pri­vate project par­ties and more!


Tools needed

Time need­ed: 1 hour.

  1. 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.

  2. Cut wood to size

  3. Mark the top cen­ter for drilling hole

    Again, if you’re look­ing to be pre­cise, I rec­om­mend mea­sur­ing to the cen­ter of your wood piece to deter­mine your loca­tion for the hole.

  4. Drill hole using a 1/4″ twist bit

  5. Rough Up the sur­face using sand­pa­per

    The fin­ish on this par­tic­u­lar pieces was VERY strong. I used a high grit sand­pa­per to expose some of the raw edges of the wood. Any­time you’re dis­tress­ing some­thing, start with the edges!

  6. 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. 

  7. Mod Podge Pho­to

    For this step, all that is need­ed is your favorite image print­ed on a stan­dard laser jet print­er. Cut to size and mod podge to the sur­face of the wood.

  8. 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!

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  • Ivory
    at 1:36 AM

    Absolute­ly fab­u­lous. I love this diy. Thanks for sharing.