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Learn How to Paint a Christmas Wreath and make your own Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments

Make Christmas extra special this year when you create and give your own handmade gifts!  Paint and share these fun Christmas ornaments with this simple and quick step by step tutorial. 

Well, like it or not, it’s time to start planning and decorating for Christmas! I’ve made my gift list using this free printable Christmas gift planner  and I’m feeling super festive and organized. 🙂 Of course, my list wouldn’t be complete without adding some handmade gifts to give to my family and friends, right??

I’ve been making handmade ornaments that feature this simple wreath painted on some cross-cut wood pieces. They are going to look great on my tree or tied on my gift-wrapped packages. I’ve had so much fun painting them, that I want to share the process with you.

Here’s everything you will need to create this fun and easy art project. 


  • + Acrylic paints in the following colors: green, yellow, blue, white and red
  • + Water for rinsing your brush
  • + Two paint brushes; a small round watercolor or acrylic paint brush and a small flat paintbrush
  • + Wood slice or wood round – you can find these in the unfinished wood section of your local craft store or here is a link to purchase 15 pre drilled rounds on Amazon
  • + Jute string
  • + Drill (this is OPTIONAL: you will only need it if you don’t buy your wood slices pre-drilled)

SIMPLE STEPS – How to Make a Wood Slice Painted Wreath

1. Paint the background of your wood slice with white paint using your small flat brush. Let dry.

2. Mix the yellow and blue acrylic paint to mix a light green color. Use the small round brush to draw a circle on your wood slice.

3. Make your way around the circle and paint simple leaves going in the same direction

4. Use your darker green paint to paint some evergreens in your wreath by drawing a line with simple lines coming out of each side.      Repeat these around the entire circle.

5. Paint the berries by using your red paint and making small circles placed around the wreath.

6. Using a drill, create a small hole in the top of the ornament. You can also buy pre-drilled wood slices if you don’t have a drill.


You can then repeat the painting process on the back or get creative and add some wording or a name or whatever you like. Here’s an example of some hand lettering that I added to one of my ornaments:

Finally, thread your jute string through the drilled hole and tie it so that you can hang it on your tree.

That’s it, friends! You did it:) If you like this craft, you might also want to check out my Thanksgiving magnets post which were also made from unfinished wood slices.

And if you like to paint and craft, be sure to check out my classes section, with links and information about any current and upcoming courses.



Bonnie Lecat

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