Christmas in July: More Shaved Wood and BARC Ornaments!

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC Wood Veneer Paper make lovely Classic and Contemporary Old World Themed Ornaments

If hearts are not your thing - here are a few more ideas for lovely holiday tree ornaments made using Olsen's Shaved Wood Ornament Kits and Arc Craft BARC Wood Veneer Paper. Hopefully these very simple designs will appeal to both classic and contemporary tastes!

Find out more about the shaved wood kits and the wood veneer paper and links to sources in the previous Christmas in July post featuring hearts! 

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC Wood Veneer Paper make lovely Classic and Contemporary Old World Themed Ornaments

The sweet little ornament on the left was created using shaved wood from an Olsen's Shaved Wood Ornament Kit. (The little curls when soaked in water will straighten right out and can be shaped as desired.)

The ornament on the right was made using shaved wood curls and for the teardrop shapes - BARC Wood Veneer Paper.

Note:  Five and six point stars (or snowflakes) can be made using the same technique.  Just make more tear drops!  (A wood curl in the center of the larger stars looks quite pretty.)

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC Wood Veneer Paper make lovely Classic and Contemporary Old World Themed Ornaments

The tear drop on the left was made using Bastlespon - thin shaved wood strips available in Europe but seemingly not in the USA.

This one was made before I discovered Olsen's kits and as you can clearly see, I am not all that great at creating a perfect curl. Using the curls provided in Olsen's Kits makes a huge difference!

The ornament on the right was made using curls from Olsen's Shaved Wood Ornament Kits and BARC Wood Veneer Paper.

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC Wood Veneer Paper make lovely Classic and Contemporary Old World Themed Ornaments

To create your very own versions of these ornaments, basically all you need to do is to cut strips of BARC the same width as the wood curls and the length needed to create the ornament shape you desire.
Glue the ends together (wood side out) using Elmer's Glue (as you can see above), hold in place with a clip, and let dry.

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC Wood Veneer Paper make lovely Classic and Contemporary Old World Themed Ornaments

Once the tear drops are dry, add curls!

As you put then in place, be sure to turn each curl so they are all oriented in the same way and try to make them all about the same size (exception the tear drop ornament).

Be sure there is a spot of glue at each contact point between curl and BARC. You do not need much more than a tiny spot of glue and some people find it helpful to apply it with a bamboo skewer or a toothpick - something that will allow you to reach into those tiny spaces.

Hair clips or short (not long) hair pins are perfect for holding. (Olsen's Kits do come with a supply of perfect clips).

Let the ornament dry overnight. Use a thin needle and fine thread to create a hanging loop.

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC Wood Veneer Paper make lovely Classic and Contemporary Old World Themed Ornaments

I LOVE this tree!!

The design is nothing unique or new - but it is a perfect design for using BARC Wood Veneer Paper and Olsen's Shaved Wood Kits together to create a contemporary looking ornament.

And since it is not made from paper or ribbon (usual suspects!) it will stand up much better than those materials to wear and tear and store beautifully from year to year.

Suzonne over at Urban Comfort introduced me to BARC paper in the first place. If you check out her beautiful tutorial you will see that she actually paints the paper side of the wood veneer with acrylic paint. And that is certainly an option worth exploring!

Because I am trying to create an old world look, I do not usually color the paper side. However, for this design I applied a coat of Mod Podge to the paper side and sprinkled with fine Crystal Snow Glitter. (Sorry the glitter is nearly invisible in this photo, but it IS visible in the photos below.)

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC Wood Veneer Paper make lovely Classic and Contemporary Old World Themed Ornaments

The directions are for a 6" tall tree. But you can change the dimensions by using fewer curls!

To create the 6" tree, you will need two strips of BARC the width of the curls and 12" long. You will also need seven curls from an Olsen's Wood Veneer Kit.

Glue two ends of the BARC together - overlapping about 2". Make certain the wood side is facing the same direction on both strips. Once dry, if you like, add glitter or paint to the paper side!

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC paper Ornaments

Glue the little curls and try to make them about the same size.

Let everything dry.

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC Wood Veneer Paper make lovely Classic and Contemporary Old World Themed Ornaments

Once the joins and the glue or paint are dry, begin glueing the tree shape as shown.

Notice that you will use up all of one strip in the first two loops, but trust me, there will be plenty left to complete your tree.

I found it worked best to only glue and secure two or three curls and loops at a time. It is hard to be patient, but trust me, patience pays off!!

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC paper Ornaments

As you are placing your curls and glueing them into place, carefully pay attention to the orientation of the curls as well as how well centered each one is above the last. You want as straight a line as possible down the center!

As you continue making loops with the BARC, make sure you are making tighter loops as you move up the "tree" so that you are creating a triangular tree shape.

Place a hanging loop through the top most curl and you are done!

Now don't you think a bunch of these strung as a garland would be beautiful?

I would just love it if some of you would play, come up with some other designs, and share!!

Shaved Wood Ornaments made from a kit!

Here are a few ideas to get you going!

beautiful Pam, it looks easy

beautiful Pam, it looks easy how you have done it, but i think it's not for me.LOL
Because of my cat Wolfje, she will play with it as toys.LOL
but it's remebering of my childhood, in a dutch luxery warehouse the Bijenkorf, you could buy them, my mom always brought them with her.
I loved the Bijenkoft, because of the unnessecairely luxe articles.
and the Pieten in the decembre month that were climbing up and down.
they where not real but it was fantastic.
thank you for making me smile and showing your new barc ornaments and the tute;-D

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