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Picture of Customizable ornaments from notebook and wood
Well, it's that time of year again- Time for gifts, snow, and dealing with terrible mother-in-laws. Welcome back to the holidays!
I happen to celebrate Christmas, and I needed a gift idea for my parents. Last year, a large number of our ornaments broke in a broken tree stand mishap, so I thought I might try to make some nice ornaments. I wanted to make them customizable, as well. Here's what I came up with.
 
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Step 1: We will need...

For this project, you only need stuff you have lying around the house. Those things would be
- Some nice wood (I used pine)
- A spiral bound notebook (Just for the wire)
For the tools, I gathered
- Hot glue gun
- Soldering Iron
- Pliers
- Wire cutters
- Drill/Drill bits
- Some files and sandpaper

Step 2: Making the body

Picture of Making the body
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The main section of our ornament is the body. The body is made of wood, and starts from the scrap pine I had lying around. I cut it into a piece about the size I wanted. I was making two, so I cut two pieces.

Step 3: Shaping the body

Picture of Shaping the body
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The body is shaped using some files. I took a rasp to get the approximate circle shape that I wanted, and rounded off the edges. I now had a nicely shaped piece, and in order to make it even nicer, I filed and sanded down the rough pieces.

Step 4: Getting the wire

Picture of Getting the wire
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In order to get some wire for the ornament, I had the option of either purchasing some wire or salvaging it from something around the house. I decided to find some, and I noticed a plentiful supply of wire in the used up spiral bound notebooks that I had. I clipped off the small folded piece that keeps the spiral from being taken off, and with this no longer limiting the movement of the spiral binding, I was able to simply rotate the binding off of the notebook. When they were separate, I straightened the wire into something I would use later.