DIY Wood Slice Photo Ornament

Yes, I have to sneak in at least one Christmas in July craft tutorial! ha! This is an easy handmade Christmas ornament that makes a great gift idea for grandparents!

Handmade Wood Slice Photo Ornament

DIY Handmade Christmas gift :: Wood Slice Photo Ornament

We recently went out and visited our family in Utah and Idaho for the first time in three years. Of course, we took loads of pictures on our trip! Flying with kids is not my favorite thing. I am excited to turn some of these precious pictures into Wood Slice Photo Ornaments for all the Grandparents and Great-Grandparents for Christmas. I know it will mean a lot to each of them!

DIY Wood Slice Photo Ornament Tutorial :: Handmade Christmas Ornament

How to Make a Wood Slice Photo Ornament Tutorial


  • 3.5″ Diameter Wood Slice {make sure it is smooth on the flat surface of the wood.}
  • Water Transfer Paper {I used Mambi Makers brand. You can find Water Transfer paper online here}
  • Printer {I used my Canon PIXMA iP8720 Printer}
  • Foam Brush
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Drill
  • Red Ribbon
  • Jute Twine
  • Dish of water
  • Pencil

Photo craft

  1. Print your desired photo in 4×6 size on Water Transfer Paper following the directions on the packaging. Allow the ink at least 30 seconds to dry before moving to step 2.

Note: I just started using my Canon iP8720 Printer for my crafts and I love the top loading paper and the vibrant colors it prints. Plus it can print up to 13″x19″!

Wood slice craft idea

2. Lay your wood slice over the top of your 4×6 photo and trace around the wood slice using a pencil. Make sure the wood slice covers the part of the picture you want to transfer to the wood slice.

Wood Slice Photo Transfer

3. Cut out the picture by cutting just inside the pencil circle so that it leaves a slight wood border around the entire image. Trim any corners as needed.

Water image transfer

4. Following the directions for your Water Transfer Paper, place your picture in a bowl of water. My Water Transfer Paper directions had me hold my picture flat in the water for 1 minute. Carefully peal off the paper backing to reveal your transferred image on a thin sheet.

Wood Slice Photo Ornament tutorial

5. Place your transferred image on top of your wood slice and press flat. Allow to dry. {I sped the drying time up with my hair dryer. wink wink} After it was dry, I used a little Matte Mod Podge in places that didn’t adhere well. Then I did a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of the picture to seal it.

DIY Wood Slice Photo Ornament tutorial

6. Drill a small hole at the top and use jute twine to make a loop. I then tied a small piece of red ribbon around the twine to add a festive, Christmas  look.

DIY Picture Wood Slice Ornament

Wood Slice Photo Ornaments are easy to make and make a wonderful handmade Christmas gift! Make sure to add this to your Christmas Pinterest board so when you’re looking for handmade Christmas ornaments or handmade Christmas gift ideas, you’ll remember this easy wood slice ornament!

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Canon. I received free products to try. All opinions are mine.

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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