Scandinavian Wood Shaving Ornaments

I'm stepping outside my paper box today to show you a different type of Christmas ornament I made recently. I think they just might appeal to all of you paper rollers out there.


I'd occasionally seen Scandinavian curled wood ornaments in magazines and admired them - yes, my love for scrolls runs deep - but I never would have guessed I'd have the chance to make some of my own; wood shavings aren't exactly something I run across in my little world too often. But things changed when I read a post on Pam Harris's blog, Gingerbread Snowflakes [no longer available], that led me to a wonderful supplier.


Jan Dolland in Michigan has been making wood shaving ornaments for years and offers a kit that comes with perfectly curled shavings along with a dozen clips to hold them in place while the glue sets and also hanging strings.
(By the way, this is not a sponsored post - I just happened to love the kit I ordered and wanted to share the results with you.)


Look at all those lovely, plump curls! The only additional necessary things are white glue and a needle to make holes for the hanging strings. I used Crafter's Pick, The Ultimate and applied it with my handy-dandy paper piercing tool. There's an instruction sheet and photos of completed designs to get you started.


Seriously, making the ornaments is a lot like assembling quilled coils, but without the tedious rolling part. You can relax the curls by soaking the strips in water for a few minutes to create hearts and stars. I spent several happy hours at my kitchen table during last weekend's snowstorm and this was the result.


After making quite a few of the suggested ornaments, I branched out and made a tree and butterfly. Then I jazzed things up with red/white and black/white paper twine from Linda at Paperphine and tartan ribbons from a pal in Edinburgh as hanging loops... so this batch is a cultural melting pot - Scandinavian/Austrian/Scottish!


After practicing with wood shavings, perhaps the next step is inlaid wood? I don't think I have nearly enough patience, but can definitely appreciate the complexity and perfection of this design created by Gomel Tsekunov Vladimir V. See many more examples of his work at this Russian art site, keeping in mind that wood isn't nearly as flexible as paper. What remarkable dedication to one's craft!


I hope you'll have a great weekend. I'm looking forward to wrapping packages and tying on ornaments as little extras.

Ann Martin
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  1. These are fabulous! I have one or two vintage ornaments of this type that we carefully pack away each year. What fun to have more!

  2. Oh Ann what a wonderful way to begin my day - reading this beautiful post and seeing your curled wood ornaments! I am crazy in love with the tree. Crazy in love i tell you!! Having suddenly found myself a little ahead of schedule for a change this season, I am making one in your honor!!

    Thank you so much for sharing Jan's kits with your own readers. I can't think of anyone who will appreciate them more than those that have been curling paper!!! And the added bonus, as you have no doubt noticed, that lovely aroma of fresh cut wood!!!

    Happy Holidays.

  3. Thank you Queen! And Pam, how kind are you?! I'm delighted you want to make a tree ornament and a huge thank you for introducing me to Jan in the first place. Yes, the shavings smell wonderful - just like a woodshop - bonus!

  4. These ornaments are gorgeous! I must have missed that posting on Pam's blog. Must check it out!

  5. Thanks Avital, I'm glad you like them!

  6. Your wood shaving ornaments look so cute. I am sure they can be used again and again .

  7. Oh my gosh! You had me at Scandinavian! I LOVE these! Just when I thought I better get on with my day your next post is this lol! I will have to save the link for the wood curls...I know what I'll be making for next year!

  8. I'm glad you like them, Suganthi and Kim. It had a been quite a while since I'd last used a craft kit, but I quickly realized just how nice it is to have everything needed, all in one place.

  9. Thanks so much for the wonderful comments. My son just brought some new pine boards home from my brother's sawmill in Northern Michigan. I think our veins are filled with sawdust. My great grandfather had one of the largest sawmills in southeast Michigan in the early 1900's. Jan Dolland

  10. Hi Jan, how nice of you to visit here! I tied the ornaments I made on quite a few gifts this year and everyone thought they were great. Thanks again for making your kits available - they are really special.

  11. what types of wood are used for these designs?

    1. As per Jan Dolland's comment above, the family uses pine.


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