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Christmas Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornaments

Published: November 18, 2014 | Updated: October 20th, 2021

I am loving the wood burned wood slice ornaments I am seeing all over the web these days. I've never tried wood burning and I don't have any of the tools. So, I decided to see if my ink pens would work on wood slices.  I grabbed a standard fine point sharpie marker and just started doodling on a wood slice I had. I really like how these Christmas ornaments turned out. They each took me maybe 10 minutes from start to finish, which makes this DIY holiday project perfect to share for this week's Craft Lightning Holiday Edition.

Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornaments by Jen Goode
Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornaments by Jen Goode
Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornaments by Jen Goode
Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornaments by Jen Goode

I didn't have a plan of what I was going to draw, so I didn't lay anything out ahead of time. If you are really particular with out precise your lettering is, I suggest laying out the words and then transferring them to the wood. This will add a little extra time to your project time, but do what makes you most comfortable so you love how your own ornaments turn out!

DIY Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornaments

Materials you need:

  • Wood slices
  • Standard fine point Sharpie marker
  • Small eye screw
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Sealer – optional
Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornament s by Jen Goode - supplies you need
Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornament s by Jen Goode – supplies you need

To make these wood slice ornaments

  1. Grab your pen.
  2. Draw on the wood.
  3. Insert the eye screw at the top of the ornament.
  4. Tie a piece of twine to the eye screw.
  5. Enjoy.

Seal: If you'd like to seal the ornaments to protect the art, I recommend using a spray. Apply a thin coat of spray sealer, allow to dry and then apply a second coat. If you try a brush on sealer, you might find the ink bleeds or smears slightly.

Something to note, I can see the ink bled a little bit into the wood. Depending on the type of wood you have, the ink might bleed more or less. If you want to prevent the bleeding, coat the wood with a light layer of Mod Podge and allow to dry thoroughly. Make sure to use the Matte Mod Podge so the shine of the coating doesn't distract from your pretty pen and ink art.

Joy to the World Wood Slice Ornament by Jen Goode
Joy to the World Wood Slice Ornament by Jen Goode
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16 thoughts on “Christmas Pen and Ink Wood Slice Ornaments”

  1. Hello,
    I ran upon your little shop and I love it!! I am at this moment looking at these round pieces of wood that turned out nothing like the picture I had in my head…lol… Until you… thank you! I now can make tree ornaments until the cows come home…Once again thank you for sharing!!!
    Susanne Jolley
    The Antique Distillery

  2. Love this craft idea! We are so doing it! We kept the trimmed stump of the Christmas tree we bought at Home Depot (they do it for you there) we just have to slice it up ourselves. We are going to sharpie the wood cuts, but I did also buy my daughter a small wood burning tool made for older kids at either Ross or AC Moore… can’t remember, but it’s super easy to use. Thanks, this is a perfect (and easy) addition to our woodland themed Christmas décor this year! 🙂

    • Hi Catherine,

      In this case, my husband cut a few branches into slices for me (I hated the idea of throwing out a tree we had to remove). BUT, I did a quick search and found there are a ton of sellers on etsy also offering wood slices. I can’t recommend a specific one… just make sure to make note of the size you are purchasing.

    • We cut them from a tree we removed from the yard. However, etsy seems to have a ton of sellers also offering wood slices in an array of sizes!


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