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How To Make Wood Slice Map Ornaments

It is looking like a winter wonderland here where I live and it's taking everything for me to refrain from playing Christmas music. Snow always gets me into the holiday spirit and my thoughts have been wandering to ideas for hostess gifts and ornament exchanges this year. I prefer giving handmade gifts and with the holiday soirees soon approaching, I needed to come up with some ideas fast.

When I saw the theme for this month's Thrifty Chicks Challenge was world globe and/or map upcycles, it gave me the inspiration I needed for my handmade gifts this year with these adorable wood slice map ornaments.

Easy Wood Slice Map Ornaments
Tucked away in a file cabinet were leftover pieces of maps used a few years ago on a Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover. I found enough pieces to probably make a dozen or so map ornaments but at this point, I didn't have a clear idea of how I would make them.

While killing time on his lunch hour, Mr. Frugalista found a pile of off cut treated pine posts at Goodwill for $2 each and wondered if I could put them to good use. Heck yes, it was just the inspiration I needed. Because what I saw wasn't pine posts but rather rustic wood slice ornaments and an idea was born.
Treated Pine Posts Used For Wood Slice Map Ornaments
Before I get into the details of how I turned the wood slices into map ornaments, I should tell you a little about the Thrifty Chicks group. On the second Wednesday of every month, my creative junk loving friends and I come together to transform, upcycle or repurpose a junk find based on a theme. As I mentioned above, this month the theme is world globe and/or map upcycle.
Thrifty Chicks Monthly Themed Blog Hop
These are the products I used to make them, minus the red and green burlap ribbon. I found plaid ribbon I liked much better. At the end of this post, I've included a materials list for your convenience.
Materials Used To Make Wood Slice Map Ornaments

How To Make Wood Slice Map Ornaments

4 Handmade Wood Slice Map Ornaments

Rig a jig to cut wood slices

To get a uniform thickness for each ornament we made a simple jig using a piece of melamine mounted with clamps onto the miter saw. Set at approximately 1/2 inch from the blade and at a 28° angle, echoing the angle already on the pine post, we cut a dozen wood slices.
A rigged jig to cut wood slice ornaments in uniform sizes

Make the back side pretty too

You can skip this step but because the treated pine posts were dark brown, I stained the back side of each ornament dark walnut to match the sides.
Dark Walnut Stained Backs on Wood Slice Map Ornaments
  

Decoupage Maps

You'll notice in the picture below, the ornaments were not stained on the back when I decoupaged the maps. Learn from my mistake - stain the back of the ornaments first before starting this next step.

Once the stain is completely dry cut up a map (I used world map paper) into small pieces and decoupage them onto the front of each wood slice using Mod Podge and a foam brush.
Decoupaged World Map pieces onto Wood Slice Ornaments
Once dry, use scissors to cut the paper around the perimeter of the wood slices. With an inexpensive emery board (I got mine from the dollar store), file the edges of the paper working from the top (papered side) down.
Emery board to file edges of decoupaged wood slice map ornaments
Apply a thin coat of matte Mod Podge over the map to protect the paper.

Song Verse Typography

To add a verse to the maps you have three options. Unfortunately, I don't have a handy die-cut cutting machine and so I had to apply mine using an image transfer technique.
Create typography in Word for Wood Slice Map Ornaments

Option 1 - Image Transfer Technique

Create the typography verses in a Word document using the Great Vibes font in a 36 point size and print the sheet. Cut out each verse and center them over the map wood slices. Slip a piece of carbon or graphite paper underneath and trace the verse onto the map. I used my other hand to hold the verse down while I traced but you could use low tack tape. Go over the verses with a fine point Sharpie marker in the color(s) of your choosing.

Here is where I'm keeping it real guys...

On a test ornament, I tried a gold metallic marker but it looked lost on the map. Next, I used a bright red marker thinking it would pull the red from the plaid ribbon and pop. Wrong. So in my infinite wisdom, I decided to go over the red with a green marker for added dimension. I'm not overly thrilled with the results but I had no more map paper left so I just went with it.

Thankfully, I'm providing you with other options below...
Peace On Earth Wood Slice Map Ornament

Option 2 - Make a stencil

Using a die cut cutting/embossing machine and contact paper, create a stencil and paint the verse on. I would suggest protecting the paint once it dries with a thin coat of matte Mod Podge like I did with my Sharpie option.

Option 3 - Self-adhesive sticker

Using a diet cut cutting/embossing machine create a sticker using self-adhesive vinyl. This would have been my preferred option had Santa fulfilled my Christmas Wish List the last couple of years. Something tells me I must be on his naughty list.
Joy To The World Wood Slice Map Ornament

Eye hook hanger

Poke a hole in the top of each wood slice with an awl and screw in a small eye hook.

Adding freshly fallen snow

Using an artist's pallet knife, apply Snow-Tex onto the top of each wood slice and let a little drip over the edge onto the map for a realistic look. While it's still wet, sprinkle glitter over the snow, letting the excess fall into a dish to reuse again later.
Christmas Around The World Wood Slice Map Ornament

Embellish the ornament

Tie a mini glitter snowflake onto the eye hook so it hangs just above the verse. Loop 1/2-inch wide plaid holiday ribbon through the eye hook and tie a small bow.
Weary World Rejoices Wood Slice Map Ornament

Materials List

As promised at the top of this post, I've included a materials list for your convenience. 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Mod Podge Matte
Foam Brush
Dark Walnut Minwax Stain
Awl
Eye Hook
Carbon or Graphite Paper
Sharpie Fine Tip Marker in Red & Green
White Glitter
Artists Pallet Knife
1/2 inch wide Plaid Holiday Ribbon
Handmade Wood Slice Map Ornaments
Here is another wood slice idea that may interest you. Two years ago I made fun Wood Slice Holiday Coasters from the branches of a fallen tree in our yard. 

If you enjoyed these handmade Wood Slice Map Ornaments, please share them with a friend and/or save them on Pinterest.
How To Make Wood Slice Map Ornaments
If you are unable to DIY wood slice map ornaments, I found a few ready-made options you may like.


Please join me in visiting my friend's blogs to see what they did with either a globe or map.6 Ways To Upcycle A World Globe or Maps
PRESS LINKS BELOW
Wooden Platter To Make A Lazy Susan by Shoppe No. 5
Christmas Around The World Star Ornaments by Adirondack Girl At Heart
Will Be Back Next Month by Just The Woods
Vintage Trunk Refresh by Lora B. Create & Ponder
How To Make Wood Slice Map Ornaments by The Interior Frugalista (that's Me)
DIY Globe Upcycle by Little Vintage Cottage


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Talk Of The Town Party #97

Sadly, last week was Sarah's, from Sadie Seasongoods, last week as co-host of our party, she will be missed here at the Talk of The Town Party.

Now that the calendar has flipped to November, I am so looking forward to seeing all the Christmas decorating and baking ideas linked to our party each week. Let the festivities begin!

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!

Talk of the Town link party

First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!
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Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!
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Now, it's your turn!

PLEASE NOTE – There are now *2* separate link ups; 
the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for Recipes.
Thank you!


By linking up at Talk of the Town, you agree that your photos may be used to promote the party, or in other round-ups.
***Please keep in mind that linking up with stock photography or using photos without express permission by the photo owner is not allowed. Links of stock photography or photos that are not owned by you will be removed without notification.***
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Over 160 Homemade and Handmade Gift Ideas

Are you like me and prefer giving homemade or handmade gifts for the holidays? It can be something as simple as a personalized handmade ornament used as a gift tag or a stack of delicious homemade cookies as part of a hostess gift. Gifts made with love are always the ones I treasure most during the holidays, how about you?

I find the hardest part each year is coming up with ideas. To help make that easier for you and hopefully provide loads of inspiration, we're sharing a collection of 162 Homemade and Handmade Gift Ideas.

Over 160 Homemade and Handmade Gift Ideas


Over 160 Homemade and Handmade Gift Ideas

Last year I used a fence board to make a Yardstick Growth Chart for my grandson.

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This is my first month joining the All Things Creative group. If you haven't heard of it, one day per month a group of blogging friends comes together to share creative DIY ideas. This month the focus is on Homemade|Handmade Gift Ideas, just in time for the holidays.All Things Creative Group - Homemade Handmade Gift Ideas

There are great ideas for hostess gifts and holiday cookie or ornament exchanges. Ideas for the Teachers, Gardeners, Sewers, and Fashionistas on your list. From baby's first Christmas to young children and we've got the teenagers on your list covered too.
162 Homemade or Handmade Gift Ideas for the holidays
There is something for every DIY skill level ranging from quick & easy crafts to get dirty in the workshop with tools like Santa's elves.

Press the links below for step-by-step instructions on how you can make these Homemade and Handmade Gifts too.




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Talk Of The Town Party #96

Happy Halloween everyone! May your goblins be cute, your candy bowls emptied, and your evening spooktacular.

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!

Talk of the Town Link Party

First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!
Recently at Knick of Time
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This week at The Interior Frugalista
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Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!
Fall Hoop Wreath by Simply Designing
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Maple Pecan Squares - Simply Stacie
Farmhouse Chalkboards Made From Vintage Junk by Adirondack Girl at Heart
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Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake by Cooking in Stilettos
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How to Make a Rustic Birdhouse from an Old Shutter by Create & Babble
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Mixed Berry Tart recipe by She Saved
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Tart Mold Pumpkins by
Witches' Hats And Broomsticks by
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Upcycled shirt cuff bracelets and zipper flowers by Little Vintage Cottage
Double Chocolate Banana Bread by
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Now, it's your turn!
By linking up at Talk of the Town, you agree that your photos may be used to promote the party, or in other round-ups.
***Please note: we have added a new guideline. Please keep in mind that linking up with stock photography or using photos without express permission by the photo owner is not allowed. Links of stock photography or photos that are not owned by you will be removed without notification.***
TotT Something to talk about
PLEASE NOTE
There are now *2* separate link-ups;
the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for Recipe links.
Thank you!   
 
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