Make Your Own Wood Miniature–Original Hand Drawn Desert Path 2.5″ Circle
Wood miniature heart ornament on 1/8 inch thick birch plywood. Hand-drawn design of the desert sun and moon ready for you to decorate. Each design is completely unique, no two ornaments are the same!
Great one-of-a-kind gift for your family, friends, colleagues!
A one-of-a-kind handmade ornament that captures the magic of the Arizona desert! Make a special, completely unique memento for your partner, mom, dad, family members, friends, colleague, etc. Have your kids participate and make a set from the family!
–Circle 2.5 inches in diameter with it’s own unique design of the desert.
–Design drawn with permanent marker and lightly coated with varnish to protect from bleeding.
–Wood is sealed to protect from moisture and cracking.
–Comes with a pre-cut hole for a keyring or to put string for an ornament.
–Each ornament is signed on the back.
–Great for adults! Also great for children, but probably best for kids 8 or older.
–I use permanent markers. They will likely last longer than standard markers and I like their intensity.
–You can also use paint markers (oil or acrylic) or mix them with the permanent markers. That’s what I use to make the glow around the moons and suns in my ornaments.
–Regular paints also work–acrylics, oils, acrylic and alcohol inks, and gouache would be best. Watercolor will work but it will be very light and may fade more quickly.
–Experiment with other mediums like glitter, string, decoupage (collaging magazine images or tissue paper), sand, small beads, etc. White glue should work fine to adhere things. Just note that heavier, plastic, or metal items are less likely to stay glued to the ornament for long.
–Even though it goes against most of our upbringing, don’t worry about “staying in the lines” or going over the underlying desert design!! Modify to enhance or obscure different parts however you like!
–When you are done, spray a light thin coat of polyurethane varnish (gloss if you want it to be really shiny and glossy). Keep the first coat very light and spray from a least a foot away so that your design does not get too saturate and unintentionally bleed or blend together. After the first coat, you can apply a heavier coat to really seal and finish your ornament. We recommend against painting the varnish, at least on the first coat, it will it make your colors blend together and permanently change the design.
–Keep your ornament out of the sun. An archival varnish that protects against UV rays will help prevent fading, but if it is exposed to constant sun (or the Arizona sun for a couple of minutes!) it will fade much more quickly. Out of the sun it should last for years and years (I’d say forever but that may be an exaggeration).
–Add string or key ring after the piece is completely done.
–You can also glue a magnet to the back if you prefer. Use white glue to attach the magnet.
–Add your signature to mine on the back and it becomes a collaborative venture!