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Repurposed Paper Napkin Wood Slice Ornaments

If you’re like me and have a thing for pretty paper napkins, then consider using them to make your own set of unique wood slice ornaments for Christmas.

Repurposed paper napkin wood slice ornaments

How to Mod Podge Napkins on Wood

When I say “thing”, I mean I have an adoration for beautifully designed paper napkins, especially at this time of year. I really enjoy looking at the options at the store and will treat myself to a new set of napkins for the holidays. What can I say, it’s the little things that make us happy, right? Last year I found this set of napkins that had a deer peeking out from behind a tree; it was the perfect match to my woodland themed Christmas decor.

set of three wood slice ornaments with paper napkin mod podged over top.

The other napkins that I found at the dollar store didn’t look like anything special at the store but once I put them on to wood slices, I was in love! I’m so happy with the look of these ornaments and how well they coordinate with my rustic and cozy Christmas tree.

Materials Needed:

Materials need to make repurposed paper napkin wood slice ornaments

How to Make Repurposed Paper Napkin Wood Slice Ornaments

How to mod podge with napkins

Working one ornament at a time, place a wood slice over top of the napkin and trace along the outer edge. 

Wood slices, pencil, napkins and scissors.

Using a pair of scissors, cut along the pencil line.

Tracing the napkins around the wood slices and cutting out the napkins.

Position the cut out napkin on top of the wood slice to ensure it fits. If too big, trim off the edges a bit.

Before you begin, remove the inner ply of the napkin and discard if your napkins happen to be two-ply.

Positioning the cut napkin over the wood slice.

Brush on a layer of mod podge over the wood slice. 

Press the napkin circle on to the wood slice and press gently with fingers. 

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over top of the napkin and leave it to dry fully before applying on the back side.

Applying mod podge to the top of the napkin and wood slice.

If you want a more opaque finish, paint the surface of the wood slice in white before mod podging the napkin. Otherwise the white areas of the napkin turn clear after they are mod podged.

Assembling the Ornaments

Insert the screw eye to the top of the wood slice. If needed, use a drill with a similar sized drill bit to make a pilot hole.

Cut ribbon 10” long and insert the end of the ribbon through the screw eye and tie ends together.

With a hot glue gun preheated, apply a dab of glue to the top of the ornament and press the faux greenery into the glue. Hold the pieces until secure to make sure they don’t fall off.

Glue the pine cone and bell in place in the same way.

Preparing the hot glue gun to embellish the paper napkin wood slice ornaments.

With that, the ornament is complete! You can make as many or as little as you like. Aren’t they soooo pretty? I bet you’ll never look at paper napkins the same way :).

Repurposed paper napkin wood slice ornament.

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A collage of materials and finished paper napkin wood slice ornaments with text overlay.

Repurposed Paper Napkin Wood Slice Ornaments

Jane and Sonja
Make a set of wood slice ornaments using napkins and mod podge.
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Materials
  

  • wood slices about 2.25” in diameter
  • assorted paper napkins
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • Mod Podge glossy finish
  • paint brush 1”
  • faux greenery mini pinecones and small gold bells
  • decorative ribbon
  • screw eye ½”
  • hot glue gun with clear glue sticks

Instructions
 

How to mod podge with napkins

  • Working one ornament at a time, place a wood slice over top of the napkin and trace along the outer edge.
  • Using a pair of scissors, cut along the pencil line.
  • Brush on a layer of mod podge over the wood slice.
  • Press the napkin circle on to the wood slice and press gently with fingers.
  • Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over top of the napkin and leave it to dry fully before applying on the back side.

Assembling the Ornaments

  • Insert the screw eye to the top of the wood slice. If needed, use a drill with a similar sized drill bit to make a pilot hole.
  • Cut ribbon 10” long. Insert the end of the ribbon through the screw eye and tie ends together.
  • With a hot glue gun preheated, apply a dab of glue to the top of the ornament and press the faux greenery into the glue. Hold until secure.
  • Glue the pine cone and bell in place in the same way.
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