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Curbly Ornaments Challenge: DIY Painted Veneer Ornaments

by on Dec 9, 2014

Brittni Mehlhoff

Last time I was at my local wood working store, I picked up some long pieces of maple veneer, thinking I’d use it somehow during the holidays. At the time I had no idea how I’d use it, but once the Curbly Ornament Challenge rolled around, I realized this material would be perfect for making easy holiday ornaments. Here’s what I ended up with.   

Decorated ornaments are hanging on the Christmas tree.Brittni Mehlhoff

The finished ornaments are colorful and funky, but are also super easy to make. And would be perfect for making in large quantities as small gift sets or gift toppers.

"Paints to Paint on a Wooden Board using Brushes"Brittni Mehlhoff


  • maple veneer (I used ambrosia maple)
  • pencil
  • paint brush
  • hole punch
  • Xacto knife
  • string
  • acrylic paint

"A Wood with Drawings drawn on it"Brittni Mehlhoff


1. Draw out various shapes that you want to use for the ornaments. You can freehand the shapes or trace something you already have.

Veneer cut into so many different shapes with knife.Brittni Mehlhoff

2. Then, cut out the pieces, using an Xacto knife (or scissors if you prefer – just be careful the veneer can be a little brittle).

Painted veneer ornaments on a white table next to a hole puncher with a purple handle.Brittni Mehlhoff

3. Next, punch a hole through each shape, toward the top, with a hole punch.

Different types of painted veneer ornaments.Brittni Mehlhoff

4. Then paint them with acrylic paint, in various designs and patterns.

Painted veneer ornaments with different colors.Brittni Mehlhoff

5. Add a colorful string and tie in a knot, and you’re ready to hang your new new ornaments on the tree. Pretty easy, right?

Veneer ornaments hanging to the leaves of the tree.Brittni Mehlhoff

Color printed veneer ornament hangings.Brittni Mehlhoff

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  1. Wonderful! Totally love these. I definitely know what I’m doing for gift toppers this season.