Wood slices

Around here we are partying like its woodsliceapalooza.

You know.

That celebration that happens when a tree falls in your back yard and you pause for a moment of sadness and then all you can see is the endless possibilities and projects and ideas and fall decorations.

Good times.

Here’s what my back porch looks like right now.  Stacks and stacks and stacks of these.  34 to be exact.  This weekend I stared at them and they all started talking and filling my head with ideas and I grabbed my paint brush and this is what happened.

Monogram wood slice wreath

Wreath project number one.

A monogrammed wood slice wreath.

First you want to clean the wood slice.  I mean use some elbow grease and some soap and water and scrub all the little pieces of sawdust and grit and grime off the wood slice.

Then I used this method to dry them.

(total aside:  it was a little sad when the kitchen timer went off and everyone rushed into the kitchen because they thought I was cooking something and I opened the oven door and there was only wood)

After the wood dried, I simply painted a monogram on the wood slice and inserted an eye hook and hung it inside the wreath.

Note:  depending on the size of your wood slice, it can be a little heavy….so I hung it on the door separately and then hung the wreath around it.

Chalkboard wreath project

Wreath project number two.

Otherwise known as why create one wreath project when you have 34 wood slices.

This was so easy.

Simply add chalkboard paint.

Detail of chalkboard wreath

I dried the wood slice like I did for the first project.

Then I simply painted chalkboard paint directly on the center of the wood slice.

I didn’t go all the way to the edge because I liked the contrast of the wood with the chalkboard.

Close up of wood slice

Here’s a close-up of the eye hook that was added to the center of the wood slice.

I looped twine through it to hang it on the door.

If you make this project, I would suggest a larger eye hook.

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Painted wood slice project

Wreath project number three.

This time, I envisioned a painted project on the wreath.

Here I just painted a wood slice with gray paint and then added swirls of orange leaves.

Detail of painted wood slice

Here’s a close-up of the pattern.

It needed a little something on top of the pattern so I added a block with the word September on it.  It looked amazing.  Like jumping up and down amazing.  But then when I closed the door the block fell off.  Apparently wood slices and sticky ticky tack do not mix, so instead I went with the wood monogram.

And there you have it.

A wood slice wreath project three different ways.

And can we still be friends if I tell you….

….I’m just getting started. 🙂

Three ways to make a wood slice wreath

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  1. Image for Debbie W Debbie W

    Very cute!! I hope you make some wood end tables for your outdoor spaces - that would be pretty sweet! We have property in Northern Ontario with LOTS of trees that need to come down or have come down and I am itching to get my hands on it. And I thought I was the only one who got excited about trees laying horizontal! lol Can't wait to see your other woody ideas :-)

  2. Image for Debra W Debra W

    I absolutely love this idea. They are so pretty. Sending this to my daughter for her to make. She will love it. Thanks for the wonderful idea. You are amazing!!!

  3. Image for Sarah@tomfo Sarah@tomfo

    Well, I saw that tree fall down the other day and read your post. Love this. I can't wait to see what you come up with for the next 32 pieces of wood. Happy fall lovely lady xx We are nearly in spring here, I can't wait...

  4. Image for Deb Deb

    I love how versatile you are! What great ideas. I've got plenty of wood slices out back on the farm and can't wait to start getting creative with them. Thanks again!

  5. Image for FrenchGardenHouse FrenchGardenHouse

    Love this idea! There is always something to glean from the garden, sometimes a few flowers, sometimes branches for an inside display, sometimes a tree! I can think of so many other ways to use the slices, looking forward to seeing what else you come up with Karianne.

  6. Image for Leona Leona

    In the early 1950's my parents closed up a breezeway and converted it to our TV room. Some one ?? had cut a fallen tree trunk in half, took the bark off , put 4 round legs on it and varnished it. I don't think it went into any oven ? It became our coffee table. Indestructible and always a conversation piece. My Mom would have loved your ideas better.

  7. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Awesome sauce! I think my favorite is the chalkboard one but all three are fantastic! This makes me so ready for Fall. I guess it's time to put away Summer stuff and decorate for Fall. Woohoo! What's next? Thanksgiving wood slices or Christmas? And of course we're still friends...friends like friends who share great ideas for an item. :-) Have a great week! Cecilia

  8. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    "Woodn't you know you wood come up with three wreathes? But of course you wood." Okay, okay, I will stop. Seriously though, creativity abounds! I was just thinking about a new something something for my front door. The rusty wheels in brain just started turning...thanks for the oil/inspiration. I can't pick one because I love them all...but if I had to, the monogram one. Gorgeous!

  9. Image for Lanita Lanita

    What a great idea - love all three of them! If I had to choose a favorite, I think it would probably be the chalkboard one! Thanks for the inspiration! Blessings to you, sweet friend! Lanita

  10. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Oh the oven is funny!! Well, I think you should paint one like a pizza and stick it in the oven. Have the timer go off and see if everyone runs in to look for the goodie. Or make it into an omelet, even a round focaccia. Now this idea is for when you run out of doors to put wreaths on. But my gosh, you can do so much with them I foresee sparkles and glitter for winter and the Christmas holidays. I can't believe I said Christmas. I'm not through with summer. Have a wonderful day. Big Hugs!!

  11. Image for Susan Susan

    Oh, these are soooooo dear! I love 'em all, but I have a thing for orange lately, so I'm torn between the monogram which looks all kinds of sophisticated and the painted design which adds a touch of whimsy! These wood slices are very versatile...luckily, you have a versatile mind which is about to put those slices through their paces! Hope you are having a most blissful day!

  12. Image for Yvonne Yvonne

    Love the wreaths, especially the chalkboard one! The slices would look great painted as pumpkins for fall too. And then there's Christmas......You are so creative! Wish we were neighbors!

  13. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Think you've probably already done this one, but I love the idea of using the slices for "plate holders" ... a super way to make a table rustic in a *moment* ... ! I love contrast in everything: formal china on tree slices would please me to no end ~ such a fun, unique table setting that would be for Thanksgiving! Priced some in Canton a couple months ago ~ whew! I'll just wish for a friend w/a fallen tree on her nearby farm (teehee)! The cost was out of sight for enough to fill a family table! And 35? ~ worth a small fortune, my dear KariAnne!!! As ever, another great post! I love the inspiration, even though I don't always have access to all the supplies! Maybe I can get just one "wreath center" size slice next Canton visit! Lovingly, Kath

  14. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Oh, and a p.s. idea ~ have you seen the pointy top, tree-look pieces made from breaking up the slices?! I saw one Pinterest post. They are done as you might cut the round 2" slice first in half, then into 3 "pie slices" on each half of the round. But the edges look as if just snapped/broken apart, not sawn!? They indeed look like trees, with a slight oval bottom, and you decorate (tho' simply) as a Christmas tree ... ! Would love to see your "always sophisticated" versions! I think I may have to break down and get another tree slice just to do 6 of these little gems myself!!! I am just *fascinated* by this one!

  15. Image for Dale D. Dale D.

    Love all these wreaths, so festive and always have loved autumn colors, wearing sweaters and scarves. Time to pull out my Fall decor and see where I can add an earthy element with wood slices. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Image for Gail Gail

    I can imagine the smell. Fall is coming and I am ready. So nice that you can change out the wood slices. How about a witches face? turkey face, snowman face... OH the possibilities.

  17. Image for Emily Emily

    Love them all! Now I just need to find some wood slices. Here in Atlanta the oak fall a lot this time of year. I guess as long as one doesn't fall on someone's house, I can wish!

  18. Image for Megin Megin

    Love the chalkboard and Monogram! Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). ~ Megin of VMG206

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