Ornament Week: Wood Round Memory Ornaments and my 14er Tree

Happy Ornament Week!

Wait… you don’t know what ornament week is… because I just made it up.

I’m calling this week Ornament Week because I’ll be bringing you a new DIY Ornament tutorial EVERY DAY. That’s 5 new posts for you this week!

(Shoutout to Jill for asking for some ornament ideas.)

The first ornament I want to show you are these wood rounds that I made to commemorate our mountain adventures.

14 Done

I know, I know… not everyone spends every weekend in the mountains. But I LOVE this idea because you can use it in so many other ways! Instead of mountain adventures, you can commemorate:

  • Vacations or trips you take every year (instead of a mountain scene you can use palm trees, continent shapes, significant buildings like the Eiffel Tower, animals associated with specific countries like kangaroos, etc.)
  • Plays or musicals you see or are involved in (incorporate the program art instead of a mountain scene)
  • Music festivals or shows you’ve attended (again, can incorporate any special art that was created for the show, or band logos, etc)
  • Marathons or races you participated in that year (include your finishing time, PRs, etc.)
  • I don’t know your life… whatever you’re into, man!

But, since the mountains are a big part of my life, I wanted a way to remember all the 14ers we’ve conquered as well as any other major mountain excursions. This way, I can add to it every year.

Step 1: Tree Topper

I love having little mini themed trees in different rooms of the house, so knowing that my mountain adventure tree would be it’s own mini tree, I needed an appropriate tree topper.

I was able to find a wood round slightly larger than my ornaments at the craft store. I then painted a little mountain scene on it with acrylic paint. Not a painter? No problem – you can decoupage an image on it instead!

02 Wood Topper

Step 2: Print and Pair Photos

I printed out the photos I wanted to use as 2″ x 3″ (two photos per 4″ x 6″ print). I then paired the wood rounds to the photos depending on size and shape, and cut them out.

03 Adding Photos04 Adding Photos

Step 3: Decoupage Photos

I then used Mod Podge to adhere the photos to the wood rounds. My wood rounds were pretty dry, so they soak up the adhesive pretty quickly. I really had to glob it on.

05 Adding Photos06 Adding Photos

Step 4: Add Screw Hooks

I found some screw hooks in my toolbox that were the perfect size. I was able to screw mine in by hand, but if you’re having trouble, try drilling a pilot hole.

07 Adding Screw Hooks

Step 5: Add Twine Bows

I threaded some twine through the screw hooks and tied a double knot, followed by a small bow, to create a loop to attach the rounds to the tree.

08 Adding Twine09 Adding Twine

Step 6: Paint the Mountain Scene

I started doing this with a paint pen because I thought it would be easier. But the dry wood soaked up so much paint that it ended up being inefficient. Instead, I used a fine tip brush and acrylic craft paint.

10 Paint.jpg

Step 7: Display!

Display however you want! Painted side out, photo side out, a combination of both… you do you.

13 Done


Tell me how your memory ornaments turn out in the comments!

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