Create: DIY Wood “Carved” Initials Ornaments
This is the sixth year that my family has made matching Christmas shirts and the fifth year that I was in charge of concept and design. I hinted that I was in the process of creating a gift for each family that matched the shirt theme. I’m sure you’ve been on the edge of your seats ever since so here’s the reveal!
The shirt this time around was meant to honor my grandparents, the heads of the family and the two who brought the rest of us all together. I wanted to go with a tree theme but on a shirt? That’s pretty tricky. So the designer and I decided to go with a heart smack in the middle of the shirt that showed the rings of a tree, featuring the initials of my grandparents, T + M.
I’m not entirely thrilled with how that came out on the shirt but I am happy with the ornaments I made to go along with that theme.
I purchased a set of small slivers of a tree branch from Etsy seller Just Like Gramma’s House that were pre-drilled with twine so they were ready to use as ornaments.
I bought a cheap-o multi-purpose tool from Michael’s that offered several different heads, including the pointy one above that worked pretty well for woodburning.
I simply drew a heart, added the initials T + M, and burned 2013 onto the back side. Sounds easier than it was – it actual took around five hours for nine ornaments – but once I got the hang of it, I was in a groove and it wasn’t too bad.
This was my first experience with woodburning. The biggest things I learned: be patient, be flexible, and go slowly. I would’ve liked to do a carving and probably could have in addition to the burning but I think the burning stands out and looks really cool, especially up close in person.
I actually made two other DIY gifts: one I haven’t given out yet but it’s not super exciting, and one is this chocolate coconut sugar scrub from the How Sweet It Is blog.
Did you DIY any gifts this year or receive any homemade gifts? Do you have one or two Christmas ornaments that are extra special to you?