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20 Nov 2013

DIY: One Multifunctional Tree Slice

Hey wait, we already celebrated Thanksgiving in October!  Yes, it's true Thanksgiving's much earlier here in Canada, but I do write for an American website in addition to my own blog here and they asked for a Thanksgiving DIY.  I came up with another birch branch DIY that can be used for Thanksgiving or Christmas or any occasion really.  It's a little chalkboard wood slice napkin ring.  You may recognize these wood slices from the boys' birthday party.  I sure seem to like to repurpose that party decor.  First the straws become ornaments and now the wood slices become napkin rings.   :) 

I set up a very casual place setting to show off my new wood slice napkin rings.  Technically I used a really large handkerchief as a napkin here.  The boys were both napping and the linen closet is next to their room so I didn't want to risk waking them up to find the linen napkins.  Setting a table isn't my forte, but simple and casual I can do, sort of.
I think these napkin rings would give a nice rustic yet festive look to your table.  You could also use the wood slices as place cards by changing up the message on the chalkboard.

Again, changing up the message/drawing can make them perfect for your Christmas table too...

You can probably figure this one out, but here's a quick summary of how I made the napkin rings:

Wood Slice Napkin Rings

woodslices from a branch (I used Birch), chalkboard paint and fine paint brush, drill and twine

How To:
  1. Drill a small hole at the top of the wood slice large enough for your twine to fit through.
  2. Draw a circle on one side of the wood slice using a pencil and then paint the circle with chalkboard paint using a fine brush.
  3. Cut a piece of twine and thread it through your drilled hole
*always follow manufacturers safety instructions when using power tools.

So Easy!

I'm actually contemplating the idea of using these wood slices as ornaments or gift tags for Christmas.  Even though we've celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada, I think this DIY still works as something my Canadian friends could make for Christmas. :)


  1. adorable! these are perfect, anu! so very me! :)

  2. It's the year of the chalkboard wood slice :) Love it Anu!! Is there anything a wood slice can't do?! xo Kristin

  3. Oh my goodness I have one coming up almost exactly like that. Love this. So pretty :)

  4. Love these! They would be perfect as gift labels too!

  5. I love it! I actually made something similar for our fall table, but now I think I need to add the twine/leather for the napkin ring.

    Super cute!

  6. Mista ihmeesta sina saat nama kaikki ihanat ideat????? Aivan uskomattoman yksinkertainen mutta kiva idea TAAS kerran! Tama on laitettu jo talteen. Ei ehka ihan taksi jouluksi kerkea mutta eipa tuota tieda vaikka saisin jotain aikaiseksikin. Olet aika mieleton! :) Haleja!

    1. Thanks Ina! I just had a bowl full of these wood slices and left over chalkboard paint and it just started from there. :) I hope all is going well with the unpacking and that you'll find some time to craft even if it's just a little before Christmas. :)

  7. so cute! such a versatile little piece for the holiday season.

  8. These are adorable! I love them!

  9. I guess we were on the same wave length today. I was thinking about using them as place card settings and gift tags too. So versatile!

  10. You're just a repurposing fool lately :)....I think these would be adorable as gift tags :)

  11. These are so pretty! Visiting from Tatertots & Jello. Thank you so much for sharing and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  12. I love these! They are so gorgeous! The entire place settings is beautiful!

  13. I love how you re-purposed those amazing wood slices! And thanks for sharing just in time for American Thanksgiving!!!

    Pinning for sure!

    Thanks so much for your amazing and fabulous inspiration!

    :) Linda

    1. Thanks so much for the pin! That's so nice! :)

  14. Aw, I LOVE this! Super clever and super cute!


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