Rustic Tree Trunk Ornament

"One man's trash is another man's treasure." You know all those tree trunks that get trimmed off at the Christmas tree stands? Well, I just knew I could use those and my son's wood-burning kit to make a fun craft....this Rustic Tree Trunk Ornament. In fact, he was even able to help me make them.
Here's what you need: slice of tree trunk, sand paper, wood burning pen, ribbon, glue gun and stapler.
Here's how I made it:
Start by sanding the surface to remove any jagged edges and make it as smooth as possible.
Draw a design on the surface lightly with a pencil.
Draw over the design with the wood burning pen, applying more pressure to make the design darker and more distinct.
Be sure to burn in the date on the back too. When finished with the wood burning pen, erase any pencil marks that may be visible.
Staple or glue a loop of ribbon to the back and glue a bow on the front.
These ornaments took very little time to make and the possibilities are endless on what design you put on the front. It could be a very simple message like "Merry Christmas" or a picture of Jesus in the manger. So many possibilities...This is a great project for your tweens and older children to make too.

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  1. That is such a cute ornament...rustic and woodsy...I love it!

  2. Very rustic and so unique ornament! I love your idea Nici!

  3. Love your tree slice ornaments! Cute and original.

  4. what a fun activity with the kids. And the ornament is cute to boot! Does it get any better than that?

    Merry Christmas! hugs x

  5. Awesome idea! And why not when you can get someone that cute to help you? :)

  6. This is awesome. I love my wood burning kit. I should let my son try it out and make some of these for gifts!

  7. What a cool idea, and how fun for the kids to get to use the wood burning tool. I loved using one in school when I was a kid! Thanks for visiting me at!

  8. Nici, these are fabulous! I love that the kids can help and I am all about rustic for the tree! If you have a sec this weekend I would be super happy if you linked up at Get Schooled Saturday at too Much Time On My Hands.

  9. Great idea Nici, and good tutorial. I love natural Christmas decorations.
    Blessings from Ontario Canada.

  10. So cute! I just mailed my daughter's first tree trunk to her in her x-mas box. I didn't do the wood burn but I did mark it with where we lived, the year and that was her 1st x-mas tree........... thanks for the post Andi thewednesdaybaker

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  12. I saved some of our christmas tree truck pieces from our first tree (my husband and I) first christmas and then have done it every year after that. I have been wanting something creative to do other than just having the date. Thanks for sharing this idea. Where do you find a wood burning pen, are they expensive?

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