Thrift Store Ornaments:  Repurposed Wood Slab Christmas Ornament

Thrift Store Ornaments: Repurposed Wood Slab Christmas Ornament

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I am going to show you how to make thrift store ornaments out of used books!

This is my second one so far – check out the first one I made over here!  I love flipping items from the thrift store (such as how I redecorated my guest room with thrifted or hand me down furniture).

Now I have many ideas on how to use thrift store books to make Christmas ornaments! I love using repurposed materials to give an old object new life!

DIY Christmas Ornament using wood slabs and thrift store books

Do thrift stores have books?

The answer to this is a resounding yes! Whether it’s been a Goodwill, Salvation Army, or just a local thrift shop, I have always seen used books on the shelf!

What books do you find at thrift stores?

You can find all kinds of books at thrift stores! Especially at a Goodwill near my house, they had every genre of book on their shelves. Fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, religious books, coffee table books, and historic novels were all there!

What is the cheapest place to buy books?

In my personal experience, Goodwill prices tend to range between $0.99 – $2.99. I also visit another local thrift store that carries more children’s books – but they have an ongoing fill a bag of books for $1 deal!

If I were you, I would visit a local thrift store before you hit larger thrift store chains.  You can always look for used books on Amazon as well.  

So now let’s see just one way you could take a cheap thrift store book and turn it into a new Christmas ornament that can stay on your tree for years to come!

Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book thrift store books

Materials Needed To Make Wood Slab Thrift Store Ornaments:

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Trace music from a thrift store book for wood slab Christmas ornament

The reason why I picked up this Rockwell Christmas book was because it was filled with stories and poems that we might want to read together as a family this coming Christmas.

The other reason why I picked it up was because it has some Christmas music in it! That’s what I was looking for for this ornament!

  1. Whatever size wood slab ornament you have, go ahead and trace it on the music, especially over lyrics you want to show up on your ornament. When you cut it out, you will have to cut a few mm inside your line so it will nicely fit onto the wood slab.
place Mod Podge on wood slab diy Christmas ornament

2. After you have cut out your music to match the slab, the generously cover the wood slab with mod podge.

place Mod Podge on Christmas Carol music from thrift store books

3. After you have done that, place the paper on the Mod Podge and proceed to cover the paper also with Mod Podge.

add glitter glue to thrift store book wood slab diy Christmas ornament

4. Then get some red or green glitter glue and squirt a bit on the top.

Use a paintbrush to smooth out Mod Podge and glitter on Christmas Craft DIY ornament using thrift store books

5. Then use the paintbrush and spread the glitter glue and Mod Podge until it evenly covers the paper of your thrift store ornament.

Punch a hole using paintbrush so you can hang your DIY Christmas ornament using thrift store books

6. There is a pre-drilled hole in these wood slabs so that you can add some twine for hanging this on your Christmas tree. I used the bottom end of my paintbrush to push through so that the hole could be used for hanging.

twine for hanging DIY Christmas Ornament

7. The twine that came with these wood slabs was not precut. I got one long strand of twine. You will need to cut the twine the length you want it for it to hang.

Wood slab Christmas Ornament hanging

8. You can see after it dries, the Mod Podge turns clear and the glitter shines through!

back side of wood slab DIY Christmas ornament Christmas craft using thrift store books

I also chose to add more of “What Child Is This” lyrics to the back side as well! This would be an optional step – but I think it completes the thrift store ornament having lyrics and music on both sides!

What do you flip at thrift stores?

Other DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas You May Want To Try:

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Thrift Store Books: Repurposed Wood Slab Christmas Ornament

Looking for DIY Christmas Ornaments?  This wood slab ornament is covered with lyrics and music from your favorite Christmas carols!  This homemade Christmas ornament is one kids can make and will turn into a new favorite Christmas craft!

  • Author: Maura

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Whatever size wood slab ornament you have, go ahead and trace it on the music, especially over lyrics you want to show up on your ornament. When you cut it out, you will have to cut a few mm inside your line so it will nicely fit onto the wood slab.
  2. After you have cut out your music to match the slab, the generously cover the wood slab with Mod Podge.
  3. Next, place the paper on the Mod Podge and proceed to cover the paper also with Mod Podge.
  4. Then get some red or green glitter glue and squirt a bit on the top.
  5. Then use the paintbrush and spread the glitter glue and Mod Podge until it evenly covers the paper.
  6. There is a pre-drilled hole in these wood slabs so that you can add some twine for hanging this on your Christmas tree. I used the bottom end of my paintbrush to push through so that the hole could be used for hanging.
  7. The twine that came with these wood slabs was not precut. I got one long strand of twine. You will need to cut the twine the length you want it for it to hang.
  8. You can see after it dries, the Mod Podge turns clear and the glitter shines through!

Keywords: thrift store books, Christmas crafts, diy christmas ornaments

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