The holiday season has hit the shops, and my bank account can’t handle it. There’s nothing like Christmas to make me want to spend all my money on all the things. Shop windows are full of sparkly things and there are a million different candles and prints and cozy throws to deck the halls – and I have no willpower.
Luckily, a lot of our favourite things look just as cute when you make them yourself, plus it adds a personal touch perfect for gifting. One of the best places to get inspired during the holidays is Indigo, and that’s where I spotted a monogrammed wood ornament that I just had to have. They’d look so sweet on presents! They’d make great place cards! Monograms for everybody! But with a $10 price tag, that was a little optimistic.
November is the perfect season to go hiking for fallen trees, so you won’t have a problem finding something thick enough to serve your purpose. Slice them thin and let them dry out. Then, move on to the fun part.
Now, unless you are infinitely handier than me, you may need someone (the same person who chainsaws the logs, probs) to drill a hole into the ornament. My someone was at work and not answering his phone, so I used whatever I found in the box with the drill that seemed like it would work. It took me half an hour. To drill one hole. I ruined two of Justin’s bits (apparently, there is a difference from drill bits and regular bits – a difference I still do not understand) and he laughed for a lot longer than it took me to drill the hole. He’s told everybody he knows. It’s awful. Let my mistakes be your successes – just go to the hardware store and ask a guy to give you a wood drill bit. They’re not that expensive, turns out.
Once your wood is ready, print out your initial in your favourite font on iron on paper and iron it on to the wood. You may think that this won’t work – but it does. At first I thought about stencilling it, which you definitely could also do, but the ironing gives it a really “burnt” look that I LOVED with the wood. Put your iron on the highest setting, and do little circles around the entire paper. Then, use tweezers to gently peel the iron paper away from the wood while it’s still warm. This is important – if it’s cool it wants to peel away. The warmth bakes it on, so you have a better chance. I liked the way it looked with a little ruggedness (the places it didn’t peel away perfectly). You can always fill them in with a permanent marker if they bother you. If this entire process seems too stressful, you can always use a stencil and marker and skip the ironing part.
And that’s it! They turned out great, and since I already had everything at home (or in the forest) it cost me nothing – the best kind of project. What do you think? Will you be trying any DIY ornaments this holiday season?