Rustic Hand Painted Woodland Creature Ornaments

I'm sure you have seen how Woodland creatures are all the rage right now. Having a special loves for foxes, this makes me very happy! I saw some ornaments at Target that were meant to look like they were made from a slice of wood. I thought it would be fun to DIY my own rustic wood ornaments. While I consider myself creative, I am not an artist. This ornaments are simple enough for just about anyone to paint. If I can do it, so can you!


I really like the look that the real wood gives them. If you have some big trees or access to cut branches, this could be a great recycling craft. I found some great wood slices at Michaels. It was $2.99 for 4 wood pieces. Of course, I used one of my coupons so it was closer to $1.50 for the 4 pieces. Michaels has all different sizes of wood discs so you could go big or teeny tiny too.

I actually bought all of my paint and brushes(not pictured) from Michaels too. The only other thing you need are some small screw eyes. You should be able to find those at any hardware store.

I made some photo collages so you can see the steps I took to the paint the ornaments.
First up is the fox.

Fox Paint Steps:
  1. Paint the ornament white. Let dry. Use multiple coats as needed to get full paint coverage.
  2. Using a light colored pencil, sketch in the face lines.
  3. Paint the orange fox fur. Let dry.
  4. Paint the eyes and nose by dipping the end of a paint brush in black paint and making a small circle on the ornament. Small for the eyes and medium for the nose. 
  5. When the ornament is completely dry, screw in the eye screw by hand. 



Owl Paint Steps:

  1. Paint the ornament white. Let dry. Use multiple coats as needed to get full paint coverage.
  2. Cut small circles for the eyes. Paint everything around the circles, a light flesh color.
  3. Using the same burnt orange from the fox, outline around the ornament and add a triangle shape coming down between the eyes. 
  4. Add eyes and a triangle beak. 
  5. When the ornament is completely dry, screw in the eye screw by hand. 
I just loved using real wood for the ornaments. The owl especially looks like it has a little wing on the right side because of the natural wood. 

I have at least one more idea for a cute ornament, so hopefully I'll be back before Christmas sharing another woodland creature ornament. 


Ashley
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14 comments:

  1. This is great! My daughter would love this ornament.

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    1. Maybe your daughter will get one for Christmas.

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    1. Thanks! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment! :)

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  3. So cute! I just finished hanging ornaments on our little tree (we live in an apartment). This might be a fun craft for family time closer to the holidays :)

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  4. What a great simple craft! I'll be doing it with my kids.

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  5. I love this,,its fun to make an keep ornaments an have sweet memories doing so with the kids or grandkids

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  6. Such a great idea! We make ornaments every year and these are sooo cute.

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  7. Thanks for the great idea! I saw the wood coasters at Michaels and loved them... just didn't know what to do with them! Until now!

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  8. I'll have to check our craft store to see if I can find some. Looks like a great project to do with my daughter who goes on break tomorrow! Bake, craft, entertain and repeat! Happy Holidays a new follower. ;)

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  9. These are great! Thanks! I'm pinning this for the future.

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  10. This is a fun project for me to do with my nieces next time I babysit for my sister, both of the girls are artistic and love drawing and painting with watercolors(thankfully not real paint at least not yet). They would love these course they would like more bold/loud colors.

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