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Wood Veneer Ornaments

Several months ago I made a wood veneer pendant lampshade and I was really happy with how it turned out. So why haven’t I shown it here yet?

Because it’s been sitting in our future home office/disaster of a craft room instead of being hung up in all its glory because apparently I am indecisive and changed my mind about ten times on where I wanted to hang it.

Having had a post written on that lampshade would have made this post easier to write given that these ornaments were inspired by the lampshade – Β that again you have not yet seen – and due to the fact that I have a giant (and I mean giant) spool of wood veneer leftover from that project that I need to use up.

So I made these ornaments for Christmas.

What you’ll need to do this:

– Pine Wood Veneer Edging (you can buy this at any major home improvement store – I got this particular spool at Home Depot from a brand called Bennett)
E6000 Adhesive Glue
– twine or hanging thread of your choice
– scissors
– hole punch
– ruler
– clamps or binder clips

Step 1

Cut out six, 10.5″ (26.5 cm) strips of wood veneer and punch a hole on both ends of each strip.

making wood veneer ornaments process  (2)

Step 2

Form a circle with the ends of your strips and use the permanent glue to glue them together. Then use your clamps or binder clips to hold them in place while they dry.

You can try and do this with all 3 strips at once but you chance the glue seeping through thus sticking your strip layers together and then being unable to move your strips into the exact position after they are dry.

The first time I tried doing this I used my glue gun. I never learn. Bad idea. The glue did not hold at all and by the next day the strips had popped apart. You need a strong, permanent adhesive for this and E6000 is by far my favourite permanent glue.

making wood veneer ornaments process  (3)Step 3

Tie a knot and thread your ornaments with your choice of thread. I used twine because I wanted a bit of a rustic look.

making wood veneer ornaments process

Step 4

Marvel at your inexpensive yet expensive looking wood veneer orb ornament.

I used Pine Veneer because Pine gives a really nice warm glow against your classic Christmas lights.

Wood Veneer Ornament

Wood Veneer Ornaments

wood veneer strip ornament

Wood Christmas Ornaments

Now go decorate your tree.

It is up already isn’t it?

Just me?

Damnit. I mean Darnit…Santa.

DIY Wood Veener Christmas Ornaments

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  • Reply
    November 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Alex, these are just beautiful! I love natural, organic ornaments and these are perfect… I hear the DIY store calling. Shouting in fact. LOUDLY. Thank you, for yet another inspired idea!

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Thanks Kate!! I can’t wait to see the rest of your Holiday items and the Pirate Party!

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    November 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    GORGEOUS! I love finding ways to use veneer. My only problem is I can’t find it locally without the glue already on it. UGH! Lovely ornaments, Alex. You never cease to amaze me with your great ideas and beautiful pictures.

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

      These ones have the glue on the back but they’re not as noticeable. I wish I could find the glueless ones too as I wanted to stain this particular one but I can’t do the backing b/c of it.

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    November 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    These are such fun ornaments, but now I want a set for a decorative bowl in our family room. These are so beautiful, they’d be great all year round!

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Do a bowl! Just don’t do hole punches. πŸ™‚

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    November 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Elegant and beautiful!

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Thank you so much!

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    November 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Come on! Those are amazing Alex. Hitting the depot this weekend to get supplies.

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Go get your craft on!! πŸ™‚

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    now at home mom
    November 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    oh! I love these very much Alex! they are so you, they are beautiful! (not kidding) πŸ™‚ these would look great in a big white bowl too, place in the middle of a big coffee table & you wouldn’t need to remove them after the Holidays! πŸ™‚
    you know, our tree has been up since last weekend but Nate keeps pulling it (every day) and he broke some ornaments (don’t know what to do with this little one) πŸ˜‰

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:53 am

      The bowl thing has become a theme in the comments. I say everyone makes some without a hole punch. πŸ™‚

      Oh don’t worry Little C keeps picking and rearranging our decorations. Half the time I find them in clusters on one branch.

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    Victoria β€’ Restoring our Victorian
    November 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Love it! This would be cute all year round. Danielle pretty much stole my idea… You could just hide the strings in the middle of the pile.

    My entire downstairs is an explosion of Christmas crap. The ONLY thing I don’t have is a tree.

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Skip the whole punch and just glue them together. Perhaps add some glitter…hmmm…I think they’d look awesome darker and mixed with disco balls. πŸ˜‰

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    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
    November 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    OMG! Alex I LOVE these! Soo cute. I was thinking how awesome they’d look after Christmas in a decorative bowl for a coffee table…and then I read the comments above, lol! I guess great minds think alike! πŸ™‚

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

      I am going to have make a bowl of these and give them out as Christmas presents.

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    November 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Must get wood veneer!!! Who knew?? And can you get E6000 at Home Depot? These would be great for daycare provider gifts or to decorate gifts too!

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

      You can totally get E6000 at Home Depot or Walmart or Target or Michael’s etc. It’s usually in the hardware sections vs the craft area. Not that some of them have craft areas. You know what I mean. πŸ™‚

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    kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS
    November 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    seriously brilliant!

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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    November 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Cute Alex!

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Thank you so much and thank you for featuring them in your Babble Round Up. That’s an early Christmas present for me. πŸ™‚

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    November 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Love it. Pinned it. I want wood veneer.

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      November 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

      I have lots here. Lots. Shall I drive some over? lol. I also have ribbons, felt and masses of baking soda dough ornaments.

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    November 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    These ornaments are so great! They would look so perfect attached to a string of lights too! Gorgeousness!

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet
    November 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    There is drool all over my laptop now thanks to this post. Your style and my style must be best friends. πŸ™‚

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    Cate Moore
    December 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    You’re so talented, Alex. These are beautiful!

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    Peg Nelson
    June 24, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I wonder what would happen if you were to iron the veneer tape onto decorative paper…or metallic paper, and then trim off the excess before making the circles. That would solve the glue problem and add a finished appearance.

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    Old Woodworker
    July 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    As a woodworker, I always have plenty of scraps left over. This is a great little project to use some of that extra veneer. They really are very nice. Sometimes the veneer bands come with heat activated glue already, so they might be stuck together using an iron.

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