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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.


Steps


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Glue / nail the frame together at the corners.
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Flip everything over, and attach the backing to the frame.


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”.


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.


Cut out along the traced line with the scroll saw.
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Sand any rough edges.


Sand any rough edges.
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Attach front panel cutout piece to the frame.


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.)


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. :)


…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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