Secret Santa Tour: Handmade Wood Ornaments

Can you believe it already?  
Thanksgiving is this Thursday!   I cannot wait and even better that my kiddos are out of school all week so we have already started celebrating!
Today I am taking part of an fun Secret Santa tour with some of my favorite bloggers so just for a moment lets think about Christmas!
We all chose names and made each other handmade gifts.  It was fun to be a part of.  
Here is my gift that I made for Lani at Simply Fresh Vintage:

I had some wood pieces left over from my Pottery Barn Knockoff Outdoor Wood Deer Project and wanted to make some ornaments for Lani’s tree. 
I cut them down with our chopsaw into half inch pieces. 
I then sanded the wood chips until they were smoothe and traced the letters on each piece by using the same technique as detailed in my Fall Chalkboard Sign Tutorial Post
I colored in the letters with a red Krylon brand Short Cuts paint pen and a green Sharpie marker. 
I added some little hooks and ribbons and a coat of poly, and they were good to go! 
I couldn’t decide what words to use so I made two sets, Joy and Noel. 
I hope Lani likes them as much as I do and can use them in her home. 
And now I get to unwrap what another blogger sent to me! 
Check out this cute Memo Board that Beth from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds made for me.  
There are many places that I can use it in my home during the holidays and throughout the year. 
I love it, thank you Beth! 
To see how she made it, go visit Farm Fresh Vintage Finds
This was a fun tour and I hope you enjoy visiting all of the other blogs participating and that it inspires you to try a few of your own DIY/Handmade gifts! 



  1. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge

    I REALLY like these, Tami! You're so creative! I might even try to make some of these myself because you make it sound so easy. Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Angie

  2. Marie Blackburn

    Loving this blog hop! Your handpainted wood chip ornaments are so stink'n cute Tami! Off to see what everyone else made and received.

  3. Artsy Chicks Rule

    LOVE the ornaments Tami!!! They are so awesome!!
    Your memo board is sweet too! 🙂

    We are a talented bunch!! Loving this tour!

  4. Vanessa


    I am loving your project! It's cool that you have endless supply of free stuff in your back yard. : ) Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. monkey

    your ornaments are awesome just like every thing you do xx

  6. Christy James

    These turned out so pretty, Tami! And they were almost free…you just can't beat free! Very clever! XO

  7. Dria S

    These came out awesome Tami! I am so into the wood slices this year (great minds thing alike lol) the paint markers are such a life saver! You did a fantastic job on these!!

  8. Leslie Stewart

    Love the ornaments! I've been wanting to do something similar and you have inspired me!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    House on the Way

  9. Megan Aubrey

    These are so great! I love that you made them from branches too! Beautifully painted as well!

  10. Jeanette Chaney

    Love that you made these from a branch! Very cool. This tour is my favorite ever! Jeanette

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