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Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
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  • Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
  • Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
  • Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
  • Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
  • Holiday Mantel Ornament Art

Holiday Mantel Ornament Art

This project was inspired by those overly large ornaments that hang in department stores and various other places. I wanted to create something ornament shaped and large, so I let some half-formed ideas rattle around in my brain for a while and this is what came out.


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First, cut two squares of 1/4 in plywood to measure 16x16”. They will be the front and back of the shadow box.


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Next, cut a large ornament shape from paper and trace it onto the center of one of the squares.


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Cut some scrap wood strips to measure 14.5” in length.
They will be glued to the other square of plywood to create the back wall of the piece.


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Next, glue the pieces onto the plywood backing, using heavy objects to clamp the wood strips down.
Leave 3/4 in of space all the way around so the frame can be “sandwiched” between the front and back pieces of plywood.


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When glue has dried, lay out your frame around the scrap wood strips.


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Glue / nail the frame together at the corners.


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Flip everything over, and attach the backing to the frame.


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Front panel cut out:

I used a table saw to ensure a perfectly straight line for the ornament “string”.


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Cut out along the traced line with the scroll saw.


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Sand any rough edges.


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Attach front panel cutout piece to the frame.


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For added effect, install some battery operated Christmas lights to the back of the front panel.
(I used painter’s tape because it’s easy to remove.)


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…and there you have it! A unique holiday mantel display for the love of overly-large ornaments.

Thanks for reading!

*This tutorial was sponsored by RYOBI Power Tools. All opinions are my own and they are real, made so by my own real life experience. Thank you. :)


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suzukimanfred_82279
suzukimanfred_82279

I really like that unique design, well done!

MOgreen
MOgreen

Very original and a nice change from the usual mantle decorations. I might need to invest in a scroll saw.

My Altered State
My Altered State

They are the best :) You should invest in one.

thepauls4_63389
thepauls4_63389

I definitely want a Ryobi scroll saw. My jigsaw just doesn't cut that clean! Love, love it, I have many scraps I can use!!!!!

My Altered State
My Altered State

I would love to see what you make with your scraps :)

ColeenB
ColeenB

I am very jealous of your scroll saw!

My Altered State
My Altered State

Maybe you'll be the lucky winner :)

Kenlor
Kenlor

This is a really cool project! I jave been meaning to get back into woodworking

My Altered State
My Altered State

Thank You.

Gigi 16
Gigi 16

Great job & great idea! But what did you end up doing with the ornaments that were cut out?

My Altered State
My Altered State

Hanging from fishing line :)

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