Introduction: Children's Project - Keepsake Christmas Ornaments
I wanted to give my family something special from the entire family this year. We decided that ornaments would be a great way to show off each of our unique talents. I hope you enjoy and if you decide to make some of your own I would love to see them!
Below are links to tools and materials I used in this build. It is either the exact tool/supply or something very close.
Wood - I used some scrap wood (walnut, maple and cherry) and baltic birch plywood
Bandsaw (or Jigsaw/Scrollsaw)
Files - https://amzn.to/34MWqyI
Flexible Sanding Pad - https://amzn.to/3962PZj
Sanding Discs - https://amzn.to/35W9anX
Kid Safe Paint - https://amzn.to/2PSQKyJ
Paintbrushes - https://amzn.to/2PS0jhu
Very small drill bit
Mini Eye Hooks - https://amzn.to/2EP1gkj
Pocket Knife - https://amzn.to/2So7srr
Pyrography Kit -
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Step 1: Designing the Templates
My wife is a good artist, so I asked her to design the ornaments. She drew up 4 different types, two stars, a Christmas tree and a traditional Christmas ball.
I then cut the paper templates out.
Step 2: Tracing the Templates Onto Wood
I used the paper templates to trace the designs onto some scrap wood. The multi-coloured wood is walnut, maple and cherry that was a cut off from another project and the other wood is 1/2" baltic birch.
I used templates as I was planning on making a few of the same designs, but you could just draw directly onto the wood if you wanted.
Step 3: Cutting the Ornaments Out
Using my bandsaw I followed the lines I had drawn and cut out the ornaments.
You could also use a scroll saw or a jigsaw for this task.
Step 4: Optional Step: Cutting the Ornaments With Inside Cuts
One of the designs had an inside part that needed to be cut out. This meant that I had to drill a hole on the inside and then cut that out.
I used my scroll saw (with a jigsaw blade in it) to cut this part, but you could also use a jigsaw.
Step 5: Sanding and Filing
Now the fun part of every project, the sanding!
I put a small needle file into my scrollsaw and used it as a power file in order to cut down on the amount of time I needed to spend sanding this project. You could just use a regular file or simply use sandpaper.
For the faces, I used a sanding disc that I attached to a flexible sanding pad.
Step 6: Painting
Now the real fun part! My wife and I set up my son in his painting smock and let him go to town on the ornaments.
We gave him gold, silver, red, green and white. In retrospect green was a bad choice as it really makes the ornaments blend in with our Christmas tree. So keep that in mind if you are making some of these.
Step 7: Adding the Eye Hook
In order to hang these on the tree, I needed to add an eye hook. I got these very small ones from amazon and drilled some 3/64 pilot holes.
On the more pointy designs I had to use my pocket knife to make a flat spot in order for the drill bit to not wander.
I found that when using these very small drill bits that it helps to have them in the drill press. That way to can concentrate on getting the work-piece in the right place and not worry about it sliding all over the place.
Step 8: Adding a Special Message
My wife used her pyrography skills to add a special holiday message to the backs of each of the ornaments. It says:
Step 9: Hang the Ornaments and Enjoy!
Now you get to hang the ornaments and enjoy them in your tree.
As I said earlier we made these ones as gifts for family members and I think they will really appreciate them!
I your family gets together and makes some I would love to see pictures in the comments below. I think any age group could help out, and the older your children are, the more steps you can include them in!
Merry Christmas to all!