Wood Slice String Art Ornament

This is my favorite Christmas ornament we’ve made so far this year! I’m so excited to share it with you today. Not only did we make a gorgeous and simple DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament inspired by a children’s book, but we got in some great fine motor skills practice while making it! If you’ve been around Happy Brown House for a while you know how happy that makes this homeschool momma. Lastly, since the book was a historical fiction book, we learned some history. Who knew a kid’s Christmas ornament idea could do so much at one time?

These rustic DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornaments are simple to make and look beautiful on the Christmas tree. Give as a gift or add to the top of a present for a creative gift topper idea. Inspired by a Christmas children's book, these kid's Christmas ornaments are perfect for fine motor skills practice.

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The Carpenter’s Gift

Inspiration for this DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament came from the book, The Carpenter’s Gift: A Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree. Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter’s Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family’s drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need.

The Carpenter’s Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree

In the book, one of the construction workers give Henry a hammer. As an old man, Henry passes the hammer on to the little girl that will receive a home built with the wood from his enormous tree. In honor of Henry’s hammer, we decided to use a hammer to make an ornament. A wood slice ornament was an obvious choice, since the wood from a tree was a story theme, too. We paired that with the popular string art technique and had beautiful results! We made two Wood Slice String Art Ornaments (one for each of the boys)–a tree shape  to remind us of the gift of a tree and a star shape to remind of us the star ornament that Henry made for the Rockefeller Center tree.

DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament

Materials:

  • Small Wood Slices (cut your own or buy at the craft store)
  • Small nails (mine were 3/4 inch long)
  • Thread
  • Small Eye Hooks
  • Ribbon or String


Directions:

Gather your materials.

This rustic DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament is simple to make and looks beautiful on the Christmas tree. Give as a gift or add to the top of a present for a creative giftwrap idea. Inspired by a Christmas children's book, this kid's Christmas ornament is perfect for fine motor skills practice.

Lightly sketch the outline of the shape you want to make with your string art on your wood slice. We made a basic five-point star and a triangle tree. Lightly mark dots where you want your nails to be. For the star, we chose to mark every angle/point. For the tree, we just spaced the points evenly around a triangle.

Note: If you are doing this with younger kids, stick to the triangle tree–the star was a little tricky!

This rustic DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament is simple to make and looks beautiful on the Christmas tree. Give as a gift or add to the top of a present for a creative giftwrap idea. Inspired by a Christmas children's book, this kid's Christmas ornament is perfect for fine motor skills practice.

Using the hammer, tap small nails into the wood slice at each marked point. You won’t go all the way through, but if you do, just turn it over and pound it back a little from the bottom. Kids love to do this! My oldest (8 years old) was able to complete this ornament by himself with minimal help. My youngest (4 years old) needed some help getting the nails started, but was able to pound away much like he does during our Pound the Sound letter sound activity for preschoolers. Thanks to our preschool hammer practice, he’s a pro! (If the nails get bent, an adult can easily tap them back into place.)

This rustic DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament is simple to make and looks beautiful on the Christmas tree. Give as a gift or add to the top of a present for a creative giftwrap idea. Inspired by a Christmas children's book, this kid's Christmas ornament is perfect for fine motor skills practice.

Knot a piece of thread around one of the nails. (An adult may need to help with this part.)

This rustic DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament is simple to make and looks beautiful on the Christmas tree. Give as a gift or add to the top of a present for a creative giftwrap idea. Inspired by a Christmas children's book, this kid's Christmas ornament is perfect for fine motor skills practice.

Let your child wind the thread around the nails–the crazier the pattern, the better! (This part is great for developing fine motor skills!)

This rustic DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament is simple to make and looks beautiful on the Christmas tree. Give as a gift or add to the top of a present for a creative giftwrap idea. Inspired by a Christmas children's book, this kid's Christmas ornament is perfect for fine motor skills practice.

When finished, tie another knot around a nail. Leaving a little extra thread, trim the thread and tuck the excess under the string art. It will blend in nicely. If you are worried about the knot coming undone, dab a little school glue on it to hold it in place. Screw a small eye hook into the top of the wood slice string art ornament. You can tap it lightly with the hammer to get the hole started, but then you can screw it my hand. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to help at the end when it gets too tight to screw in. (I placed it under the hammer to hold it in place and twisted the wood slice by hand.)

This rustic DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament is simple to make and looks beautiful on the Christmas tree. Give as a gift or add to the top of a present for a creative giftwrap idea. Inspired by a Christmas children's book, this kid's Christmas ornament is perfect for fine motor skills practice.

Attach a ribbon or string to the Wood Slice String Art Ornament and hang on the tree. Or, you can attach this to a present for an extra nice touch for a creative gift wrap or gift topper idea.

This rustic DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament is simple to make and looks beautiful on the Christmas tree. Give as a gift or add to the top of a present for a creative giftwrap idea. Inspired by a Christmas children's book, this kid's Christmas ornament is perfect for fine motor skills practice.

This rustic DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament is simple to make and looks beautiful on the Christmas tree. Give as a gift or add to the top of a present for a creative giftwrap idea. Inspired by a Christmas children's book, this kid's Christmas ornament is perfect for fine motor skills practice.

This rustic DIY Wood Slice String Art Ornament is simple to make and looks beautiful on the Christmas tree. Give as a gift or add to the top of a present for a creative giftwrap idea. Inspired by a Christmas children's book, this kid's Christmas ornament is perfect for fine motor skills practice.

 

10 DAYS OF A KID-MADE CHRISTMAS

Are you still searching for the perfect kid-made Christmas craft or activity for your kids, grandkids,  scout group, or classroom? Visit the 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas series hosted by Mama Miss! All of the ornaments in the series are inspired by children’s books and there will be 70+ ornaments by the end of the ten days. We had such a fun time last year with our Rainbow Fish Inspired Perler Bead Ornament and this year’s Washi Tape Mason Jar Lid Ornament that we decided to join in the fun again! I’ve been blown away by some of the amazing ornaments.

You can also follow along by searching the hashtag #KidMadeChristmas on Twitter and Instagram!

This Kid-Made Washi Tape Mason Jar Lid Ornament is adorable and so simple to make for Christmas. This homemade ornament is perfect for working on fine motor skills. The best part is I already have all the mason jar lids and washi tape for this kids Christmas ornament craft.

DAY 6 CONTRIBUTORS

Shared below are links to the Day 6 crafts and activities. Which one will you make?!

Jingle Bell Christmas Tree Ornament | Mosswood Connections

Swim Swim Christmas Ornament | Sunshine Whispers

Christmas Stocking Ornament | KCEdventures

Baby Jesus Ornament | Modern Preschool

Snowflake Ornaments | Preschool Prowol Packs

Homemade Christmas Ornaments Yarn Trees | Babble Dabble Do

DIY Harry Potter Potions Ornaments | Lemon Lime Adventures

Other Kid-Made Christmas Ornaments


Comments

  1. I love this idea! The texture of the wood and string art are a perfect combo!

  2. I think this is a brilliant idea! The ornaments look lovely and it is a great fine motor activity!

  3. These are just beautiful! We are so going to make these this year — my older kids will really enjoy them!

  4. These are beautiful! My older kids would love to make these.

  5. I love these! They would be a great project for a mixed age group, kids and adults.

  6. These are BEAUTIFUL ornaments! I just love them!

  7. I’m not very crafty but these ornaments look so nice that I might just have to give them a try! I know my kids would love making them. And I’ll have to check out the book recommendation as well. 😉

  8. I’m so in love with these Sara!! And the pic of the tools – ah-mazing!!

  9. They are beautiful!

  10. I really love these! The combination of woodwork and weaving works so well!

  11. Oh these are just delightful! I have shared on facebook page and am pinning. I would love to see them linked up at our Christmas Fun Link this week 🙂

  12. I love your ornaments! I wanted to let you know that I added them to my feature of favorite Rustic Ornaments! You can see it here: http://www.craftcuts.com/community/home-decor/7-rustic-christmas-ornament-ideas/ and it was emailed to our 42k subscribers! Hope it sends some traffic your way!!

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