Wood Veneer Hand Lettered Ornaments

DIY Hand Lettered Wood Veneer and Paper Ornaments Tutorial

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

My partner was Debbie from Tweak and Style. She decorates for Christmas in a traditional style and loves white, gold and natural elements. I think I can work with that! White and gold are two of my favorite Christmas colors. So I set out to make a beautiful handmade ornament for the exchange and ended up creating a cute little wood veneer star ornament.

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · Domestically Creative

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom

Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Megan · C’mon Get Crafty

Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights Emily · Two Purple Couches

Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault Debra · Shoppe No. 5

Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles

Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House

Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den

Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedy Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting

Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts

Handmade Ornament Instructions

Paper and Wood DIY Christmas Ornaments

You don’t need much to complete this ornament. My supplies were:

  • Wood veneer stars
  • Beads and buttons for decorating (optional)
  • Gold Paper die cut into small foiliage and hand lettered words
  • White Twine
  • White acrylic paint and paint brush
  • Crop-A-Dile Big Bite
  • Glue Pen
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paper Towels

Hand Lettered Paper Ornaments

The hand lettering used on this ornamnet is from my free hand lettered Christmas words cut file. You can always write on the wood veneer with a sharpie marker if you want a true hand lettered/written look.

Wood Veneer and Paper Ornament Photo Tutorial

  1. Punch or drill a hole in your wood veneer. I used the Crop-A-Dile Big Bite and was pretty amazed when it punched a perfect little hole! Way to go We-R-Memory Keepers. Way to go. If you don’t have anything to make a hole just glue a piece of ribbon or twine onto the back to hang it with.
  2. Paint your wood veneer any color you like. I used white acrylic paint and painted both sides. Things got a little messy but I like it that way.
  3. While the paint was still wet, I took a paper towel and wiped it across the star. This made the paint look like whitewash and I love it!
  4. Begin layering pieces of paper foliage and your wreath. I choose a gold/champagne color paper that has just a touch of shimmer to it.
  5. Use a glue pen and add some pretty wreath and leaf die cuts. If you don’t have a die cutting machine you can use stickers too. I add the hand lettered word die cut last.
  6. Loop a piece of twine through the hole and tie it off. I added a clear glass bead for some sparkle and bling and tied another knot above it.
  7. I didn’t like the way the hole looked so I finished it off with a bow. I tied a bow with two pieces of twine and used hot glue to attach it.
  8. While I was raiding my stash for Christmas supplies I found some cute Christmas buttons so I added some snowflakes and a pinecone over the bow.

Handmade Wood Veneer and Paper Ornament

DIY Hand Lettered Wood Christmas Ornaments

The beads and buttons are totally optional for this piece. Without them the ornament still looks cute and rustic.

Always raid your stash first. You never know what you’ll find that you can use. The beads, buttons, twine and paper were all things I had on hand and worked perfectly for this cute DIY star ornament.

DIY Paper Christmas Ornamnets

FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.


  1. These are so pretty and delicate. I love how the leaves and words spill off a little bit and the little snowflake/pine cone detail. Thanks again for joining the #2017OrnamentExchange.

  2. I’ve always wanted a crop-a-dile, what a beautiful ornament.

    I pinned to my group board. Love participating in the Ornament Exchange I get such amazing ideas!!

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