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HAPPY Holidays — DIY Wooden Block Ornament

We are the Shanty Sisters from Shanty-2-Chic.com! We are so excited that Jen asked us to come share a fun Christmas project with you all! Here is what we came up with!
A very easy, thrifty and CUTE, wooden Christmas ornamentWinking smile

It’s perfect to hang from the tree, a door knob or even a fun teacher’s gift!

Here’s how you can make your own!

I purchased 3 unfinished wooden blocks and 3 packages of chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby. If you wait until these items are 40% off you can get a real stealWinking smile

I also purchased one package of Finial Dowel Caps in the unfinished wood section of Hobby Lobby as well.

Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut
To start, I used a favorite of ours, Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut stain on the finial caps and the wooden blocks.

Paint one coat on with a foam brush…

and wipe away with a cloth after 5 minutes.

While the stain dries, we have time to pretty up the chipboard letters!

I chose the new Glitter spray paint by Rust-Oleum in silver! It is soooooo pretty and is available in red, gold and silver!

I chose to use the word ‘JOY’ for my ornament and wanted a letter on each side of every cube, so… you see above I have 4 j’s, o’s and y’s. I sprayed 2 coats of glitter making sure to let each coat dry before the next.
While the glitter is drying, you can drill holes into the blocks. I used 4-ply jute (also available at Hobby Lobby) and matched a drill-bit to the thickness.
Using my 18-Volt Ryobi drill, I pre-drilled a hole in each block, from top to bottom (don’t worry, no granite was hurt in this processWinking smile)

Our letters are now dry so, flip them over and squeeze a little hot glue on the back and place one letter on each side of each cube.
Starting with the last letter (y), thread the jute through each cube. It helps to twist as you thread to keep the jute from unravelingThumbs up

tie a knot at the end and cut the excess jute…

apply hot glue to the finial cap…

and cover the knotSmile

Make a loop, for hanging, at the top of the ornament. Tie and knot and cut away the excess! That’s IT!

ornament 2




ornament 1
I hope you all love it as much as we doSmile Thanks so much again for letting us come share Jen!
A little bit more about the Shanty Sisters…

We are 2 sisters sharing how we transform our homes on a budget! With 8 kiddos between the two of us, we put every naptime to good use ;-) !
From building projects like this $65 farmhouse table

To transforming things like this $15 mirror made from a Walmart mirror

And even offering free printables like our latest free alphabet banner!

We would love for you to come check us out anytime at our site, Shanty-2-Chic.com!


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Aren’t they just AMAZING???

My Pinterest boards are FULL of their projects. You will love their bog!! Be sure to go over to Shanty-2-Chic.com and say hi ASAP.

Have a Festive Day!!



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  2. Oh I LOVE this! And I’m pretty sure I have everything (except that end finial piece) already lying around! Heck yes afternoon craft.

  3. Love, love, love this! I think it would make a great teacher gift like you said! thank you for sharing!

  4. Are the pictures not showing up for anyone else?

  5. So cute! I’m gonna make this today!!

  6. LOVE this!


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