The phrase boards for the Temple tree were very big (10" across for the jagged-edged ones and 7.25" across for the Hallelujah ones). This size is too large for the typical 6 or 7 foot tree...the 10" ones especially, but they would also look great as a little wall or door hanging, or part of a wreath arrangement. Hmmm...I see a new wreath in my Christmas collection this year...
If you would like the PDF files for the phrases in the rectangle format, click on the desired phrase link at the very end of this post. The wooden boards with the jagged edges were purchased at Michaels, by the way. The smaller rectangles were also purchased there, and they came in a pack of 6.
The method for attaching the image to the wood is the same for all sizes and shapes, so even though these little ones look quite a bit different with all the ribbon, it's the same decoupage technique for all of them.
Little wooden discs in circle and/or oval shapes, approx. 3" (I bought mine at Michaels, 29 cents each)
Printed copies of my PDF files (there are 4 circle designs and 6 oval designs in each font):
Download Small ovals contemporary and traditional (the remaining ovals in both fonts)
NOTE: Many home printers use ink that will smear when wet (like mine). If so, I recommend printing these at a commercial printer or, if you use your home printer, allow ink to dry at least 2 days before attempting this project.
Modpodge (matte finish) and an inexpensive chip brush and small bowl to hold the Modpodge
Clear glitter and small tray/box lid to catch the glitter
Ribbon in various widths (the lengths needed depend on how you choose to design your ornament...see instructions for a general idea)
Cardstock paper for back of ornaments
Hot glue gun (craft glue not recommended = takes too long to dry)
Pour the Modpodge into the little dish and lay down a paper towel or piece of cardstock as a work surface.
2) Each image is printed with some "wiggle room" in case the sizes of the wooden discs vary. To ensure that the wording will be centered on your disc, place image on top of disc and hold up to a light source. You will be able to center the words using the shadow of the disk shape as a guide. Hold paper in place firmly with one hand, and use the thumb of your other hand to create a crease all the way around the disc.
3) Holding disc in your hand, coat top side of wood with a thick coat of Modpodge. Place paper on top, flipping upside down to more easily see that the wood is lining up with the crease all around the edge of the shape.
Place right side up onto the paper towel, give the paper a careful rub to adhere it to the wood, and quickly brush Modpodge over the top of the paper. If your ink is the smear-able kind, brush as little as possible so the red ink doesn't bleed all over the place. If bleeding occurs, you can minimize it by gently blotting with a paper towel.
Set aside to dry completely.
4) When paper is completely dry, turn upside down and trim away excess with a sharp Xacto knife. I discovered that it is easier to cut when disc is on top of folded cardstock than on a paper towel, as is pictured here.
Set aside and allow to dry completely. When dry, brush off excess glitter.
6) Cut ribbon in desired lengths and numbers. You will need a skinny ribbon for the hanger, about 8 inches long. The circles will need 6 or 8 of each variety of ribbon. The ovals should have 8 of each ribbon variety. In this example, the silver ribbon is about an inch long and the red ribbon is about 2.5" long. Each ornament is unique, there is no set formula for making these. That's the fun of it - designing each one to be one of a kind!
7) Glue the first set of ribbons on the backside, doing 1 or 2 at a time because the hot glue hardens so quickly. Try to get the ribbon pieces to align with the one opposite, as if there were 3 ribbons instead of six. I always start at the top (12:00 position) and then do the bottom one (6:00 position). Then I place the 2 on the right hand side and finally the 2 on the left hand side.
Using 8 ribbons is easier because you can do the 12:00 + 6:00, then the 9:00 + 3:00 and fill in with the final 4 pieces centered in the 4 gaps.
Glue the skinny ribbon to the top of the ornament.
Here are the PDFs for the large rectangular phrase boards: