Need a quick and cheap gift idea?

Finished Christmas ornament

I gave these cute ornaments to my sisters-in-law last year for Christmas. They were well received and didn’t take long to make. Best of all, you probably have all the things you need already!

First Step

I used scrap pieces of wood from our wood pile and cut them using the miter saw. You want pieces that are about three inches in diameter. If you don’t feel comfortable using power tools, you can use a hand saw or just buy wood rounds at the craft store.

I didn’t sand them down much because I was going for a rustic look. But you could do many things with them like painting a message or a scene, decoupaging on an image, or whatever else you can come up with. I chose to transfer a Christmas saying, a different one for each ornament.

To make a transfer, make a mirror image of the image you want and then print it onto a sheet protector. The plastic keeps the ink from sticking to it, so you can flip it onto the wood and use an old gift card or credit card as a scraper to transfer the ink onto the wood. There are lots of ways to transfer images. Just look at Pinterest if you need ideas!

Making Christmas ornaments out of tree branches, step 1

Step 2

Not everything will transfer over clearly or as darkly as you would like. I took a fine-tipped marker and went over the lettering until it was more visible. Of all the steps, this one took the most time!

Making Christmas ornaments out of tree branches, step 2

Step 3

The last step is to attach a ribbon or cord to hang your ornament from. I drilled a hole and used a ribbon, but you could use hot glue or a super-sticky glue and use any kind of ribbon, cording, twine, or rope.

Making Christmas ornaments out of tree branches, step 3

It’s a sweet way to make a personalized gift that won’t cost you a lot of time or money.

Merry Christmas!