If there is one thing I currently have plenty of in my craft stash is wood slices. We are counting in the 100’s of them right now and enough branches around my house to make several hundred more from different type of trees. One of the easiest things to make with wood slices is a DIY wood slice wreath.
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If you are new to my blog you might be wondering how I amassed so many wood slices in my craft room. Well, for starters I live on a very wooded lot in the mountains of TN, the Smoky Mountains, and over the last few years we had had to cut down many of the overcrowded trees, including a large walnut tree this year that was leaning towards the house.
Either the trees have been slowly dying, or hit by lighting, or fell during a storm, or we just want them away from the house. You get the idea. We have cut down lots of trees and as a result I have had the opportunity to cut up lots of wood slices for craft projects.
Also, my daughter was getting married this year and she had originally wanted to send out “Save the Date” wood slice magnets. My husband cut up several branches for wood slices for the project.
She ended up not going with that idea in the end because of postage cost but we used them for the cake topper. I invite you to read that post about how I made the Wood Slice Cake Topper. it was adorable and she is putting them in her wedding shadow box.
Either way, I now have several boxes of treated and prepped wood slices available for any type of craft project you can think up using wood slices.
I have more than enough wood slices for several different themed wreaths.
So I finally made a DIY wood slice wreath for Fall. And I’m here to tell you it was so much easier than I even imaged.
First, prep the wood slices.
Before using wood slices, they must first be prepped for use.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and put the wood slices on wax paper on a baking sheet. Bake the wood slices for 30 minutes on one side, flip them over, and bake the other side for another 30 minutes.
I have been asked this question if the wax paper melted to the wood slices. Honestly, I have never had that happen since the temperature of the oven is so slow. However, the wax paper did melt to the baking sheet. From now on I will be using parchment paper instead.
This wreath requires lots of hot glue.
I started out using a large bowl as the center point to gather the wood slices around in a circle. Using lots and lots of hot glue, I attached a top circle of wood slices between the cracks of the first circle to create the wreath form. Just those simple steps created the base for the wreath.
Next, I hot glued three small pine cones to the ends of three strands of twine and inserted them between two wood slices and attached with hot glue of course. These pine cones will dangle in the center of the wood slice wreath.
To make a rustic “hanger” for the wreath, I tied a piece of twine in a knot at the top of the wreath, applied hot glue to secure it in place, and then created another loop with the ends of the twine to use as a hanger.
The bow I made for the wreath was a very simple loop bow. I had purchased the ribbon for another project but have plenty to use for this project as well. Cutting two lengths of ribbon, I looped each one and secured the ends together with hot glue. Then I used a smaller section of ribbon wrapped around the middle of the two loops and secured it with hot glue. And of course I attached the bow to the wood slice wreath with even more hot glue.
I could have stopped here and called the wreath done, but it just needed something more. So I went back to my craft stash and pulled out a stem of fall leaves I purchased last year from The Dollar Tree and glued several of the shortened stems around the bow.
I know not everyone has such easy access to wood slice for craft projects, so I am including some great sources to purchase your own.
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