Peace Be With You

November 29, 2010

Greetings friends, happy Monday!  So much preparation for the holidays going on this week, ’tis the season for crafting too!   I like to add a few items to our holiday decor every year, both store bought and handmade.  Over the weekend, I made two of these ‘Peace’ dove ornaments.

peace dove ornament


Here’s the simple way I created it:

I found a dove illustration on the internet, then snagged the image and copied it on plywood, cutting it out with my jig saw.  You can make anything with a jig saw and some leftover plywood!  Letters, shapes, any kind of image you like!   If you don’t have a jig saw, consider it for a gift from Santa to you!  You’ll love what it can do.

jig saw cut dove


Once cut, I sanded the edges, then filled in those rough edges with wood filler.  I spray primed it gray.  With my Silhouette, I designed the text and cut out some white vinyl letters. 

peace letters


Are you considering a Silhouette craft cutter for your Christmas gift?   I know, I’ve been talking so much about it, but it has become addicting!!!  Today only you get a $100 discount off a Silhouette craft cutter with the code CENTSATIONAL !   

Regularly $299, today only it is $199 !!! 

OK, back to the bird.  

Once I attached the word with vinyl, I gave it two coats of white paint. 

spray primed gray


I attached a screw eye and some charming trim, easy peasy!

peace dove on tree

  So sweet, I love it!  

Like I said, I made two of them. 

I plan to keep one, but I’m giving the other one away!  

Would you like to have it? 

If so, simply leave a comment before the end of the day on Thursday.  I’ll pick one winner at random.  My dove is not absolutely perfect, but that’s the beauty of handmade, right?  I’m happy to mail one to the winner just in time to hang on your tree! 

  swirl snip

The Holiday Home link parties start tomorrow, all holidays welcome, hope you’ll join us!


See you then!



Tags: ,

108 Responses to “Peace Be With You”

  1. Andrea S. says:

    I’m inspired by your craftiness! Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

  2. Steph says:

    Love that bird, I am dying to have one of those machines!

  3. Lindsey R says:

    love it…and thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Love that you’re brave enough to use power tools! Handle it Momma!

  5. Amanda says:

    You’re so crafty! Wish I had the confidence to use power tools.

  6. Clare says:

    Beautiful ornament! I’d love to make one myself

  7. Courtney says:

    I absolutely adore ornaments, and I do not have a dove yet. This is perfect! Well done!

  8. Stephanie says:

    I’d love to have the other dove! I just finished law school and finally have a “big girl” apartment of my very own. I want to start a tradition of adding something new to the tree every year and this lovely dovey would be a great way to kick-start that tradition. Great job!

  9. Shelbey says:

    I love it! We just put up our Christmas tree this weekend. I would love to put a dove on it. :)

  10. Lynette says:

    That ornament is beautiful!

  11. I love it! It’s beautiful. Wow, you are good with power tools girlfriend. I finally mastered our powered miter saw (installing hardwoods ya kinda have to) The dove would look beautiful with all our Christmas decor (we are going for a more natural look this year, I blogged about it here

  12. Amber B. says:

    I’ll finally have my own Christmas tree up this year (we didn’t have our holiday decorations while living abroad in Scotland the season before), so I’m looking forward to continuing our tradition of adding a special ornament to the collection. It’s a great way for my husband and I to remember the year by. “Peace” is what we’re most enjoying at the moment!

  13. Kara says:

    Love all your creative ideas! Can’t wait to do some myself:)

  14. kerri says:

    What a beautiful ornament. Its a great reminder that God grants us a spirit of peace…I need to remember that “especially” this week as my husband goes for a biopsy on Wed.

  15. Becca says:

    I’d love to add one of these beautiful doves to our tree this year– it’s our first married Christmas and we’re decorating our tree from scratch. Great work!

  16. andrea p says:

    This dove totally matches my Christmas tree! Great job on it!

  17. jenny says:

    I love it and its homemade imperfections. That’s what makes it special.

  18. Lisa says:

    I have always yearned for a jigsaw! I love your little dove – the most perfect symbol of the season. You’re so creative, Kate!

  19. Suki says:

    My heart loved that bird before I saw that word “giveaway”. So simple!

  20. Ann says:

    I would love it! I really enjoy reading your blog!

  21. Angie says:

    what a cute ornament! Love it!

  22. Sue says:

    So cute!!
    Love it, and would happily hang it on my tree!

  23. kelly says:

    and also with you!

  24. Karisty says:

    So cute! I’d love one of those machines, my husband and I are already thinking of the cute onesies we could make.

  25. Mindy says:

    Love the Dove. Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas!

  26. You did a great job, Kate! :) I love handmade ornaments. The trim is so pretty!

  27. Linh C says:

    What a sweet ornament! I’d love to have one. :)

  28. Peace be also with you!! Lovely stuff and great tutorial.Must get a saw like that from Santa :-)
    I am baking my Xmas decorations this year, check it out if you want on my blog.
    A very happy first Advent to you

  29. La says:

    Your dove ornament is sweet. I sure hope to have a Silhouette some time soon. La

  30. Allison says:

    What a pretty dove and I would love to have something handmade by you. It would look lovely on my tree. I’m doing one tree with whites, grays and neutrals with tiny white lights. That’s beautiful ribbon you used!

  31. Homemade ornaments are the best! Well done.

    Judy :)

  32. Gretchen says:

    I would LOVE to add your little dove to my collection of ornaments :). Also, I’m praying for PEACE this Holiday season amidst some messy family turmoil. Thanks! GG

  33. Meredith says:

    I actually talked my Dad into letting me ‘borrow’ his jigsaw, he never uses it. Now, I can’t wait to get crafting!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Meredith @ meredith and maggie

  34. Jean says:

    Don’t need a contest entry — I just bought one for myself. Thanks for the savings code! That was a lot of money off the price. Thanks so much. :)

  35. Christy says:

    Killer jigsaw action! And a very cute result.

  36. Mystica says:

    Thank you for sharing. Would love to win one!

  37. annnnd now i want to add a jigsaw to my xmas list =) haha <3 it!


  38. Lorie Smith says:

    I LOVE handmade ornaments and try to add some to my own tree each year too. I would love to add yours to my tree this year. :) Thanks for the chance to win it.


  39. What a beautiful ornament! I could sure use some peace right now. :)
    Health and happiness,

  40. Rebecca Rice says:

    I would LOVE to win the other Dove!!! Handmade is the very best Christmas ornament of all!
    Thanks. Crossing. Fingers. Now!!!!

  41. I would love to make some handmade decorations to spruce up our Christmas decor! Love the dove!

  42. J says:

    Love the dove. I want to make some ornaments, you are inspiring me.

  43. Wendy says:

    You’re so creative and talented! Love! Love! I’d love a dove. Ü

  44. Lydia says:

    Love this ornament!!! Hope I win:) I’m not brave enough…yet…to handle anything with the word “saw” in it.

  45. donna m. says:

    So beautiful! Thank you for being so giving and sharing.

  46. Sarah says:

    I think he would be a beautiful addition to our tree!

  47. Amy says:

    Very lovely! You are inspiring!

  48. kyley says:

    so cute. My ornaments are sparse as my husband and I “gift” eachother one each year (and have only been married 2 years) – this little guy would make our tree look a little fuller this year! :)

  49. AmericKim says:

    I love it! The dove is precious. I agree about the jigsaw! I often joke that the one of the biggest disagreements that Mr. AK and I had was when I came home from shopping with a jigsaw instead of a dress! I would rather new tools than new clothes. (He bought me a dress the next day – such a sweetie…I often wear it to jigsaw).

  50. So cute! You really could make a lot of money if you sold all the cute stuff you make! :)

  51. Sue H. says:

    I love your dove!

  52. Jennifer Jensen says:

    Great little ornament. I would love one!

  53. Sandy A says:

    This dove is so precious! And thank you for the chance to win! So many Holiday sentiments could be written on them…

  54. shelley says:

    Peacefully creative! I too love my skilsaw and if I don’t win your ornament, I will certainly create something similiar (hope).

  55. Priscilla K. says:

    Your dove is lovely. Thanks for the chance to win.

  56. Issel Sussan says:

    I’ve loved the story of two turtle dove’s ever since I saw Home Alone 2….you keep one and give the other to a friend, as long as you each have your turtle dove, you’ll stay friends forever….love that story!

  57. Michele S says:

    How precious! and such a thoughtful way to celebrate the holidays.

  58. Vicky K says:

    it’s so cute!! love it!

  59. Heather says:

    How pretty! I’d love to enter your giveaway!

  60. Tonia says:

    So crafty! I love the wooden doves.

  61. you are quite handy with that jigsaw thingy! Love the ornament:)

  62. Rachel Z. says:

    This is so cute!

  63. Carla says:

    Love these! It would go perfect in my silver/white christmas decor theme!

  64. Julie G says:

    What a cute ornament…you are so talented.

  65. Mary says:

    oooh! i would love it, please pretty please!

  66. jan mullis says:

    pick me! love it

  67. Holly F says:

    I think they’re beautiful!

  68. Carrie says:

    Love them! How did the white vinyl turn grey? Did you paint it? I want a Silhouette bad!!! :)

  69. Jennifer says:

    Too cute.

  70. Tania S. says:

    Your “Peace Dove” is so pretty. You did a great job.

  71. Rachel A. says:

    I would love a sihouette. Pretty dove!

  72. Mary says:

    so pretty! i would LOVE one!!

  73. Samantha says:

    You are so darn crafty! Your blog is a source of constant inspiration – both just new ideas and new craft things to try altogether. Keep up the good work!

  74. Julie Howell says:

    Those are so cute, I love them. That would be a great addition to my Christmas tree.

  75. Elizabeth says:

    I love your dove, I hope I win, peace dove’s have been my holiday signature for 30 years.

  76. Holly Days says:

    I love your dove. I may have to get out my jig saw.

  77. ban clothing says:

    Very cute. I think I might use this idea but instead of hanging them on my tree I am going to put them on presents as gift tags.

  78. Jessica says:

    The more and more I read your blog, I am trying to be more creative and confident enough to do things on my own. In the ornament department, I need all the help I can get! I have to start from scratch this year. All of my family’s xmas decorations and ornaments were lost in a flood in May of this year, so I’m on the lookout for any good deals, and DIY ideas I think I can tackle. I’ll also be hitting up all the awesome after Christmas sales!

  79. Lara says:

    I wish I was as creative as you!!

  80. Melissa H says:

    I think it’s perfect! Very, very pretty!

  81. How sweet of you to give one of your handmade ornaments away! I’d love to hang one on our tree!

  82. Caroline says:

    This is so very pretty !! I love handmade ornaments – I made some too and they are up for grabs for my readers :

  83. Charlotte says:

    What a sweet idea. I just need the jigsaw and that silholette thing :). Well I could write it out and maybe use some cardstock….you got the creativity juices flowing. Thanks for the ideas. and as far as the “perfect” part…only God makes perfect :).

  84. Miranda says:

    What’s not to love about your Dove! Inspiring idea. :)

  85. Charlene says:

    Love your dove – you’re so creative!

  86. Gina says:

    I love this idea! Beautiful!

  87. LiveLikeYou says:

    Very sweet. Is there anything you can’t make?

  88. Debbie Guess says:

    Hi Kate, your dove ornament is precious! I am embarrassed to say that I bought a silhouette a few months ago and haven’t take time to really learned how to do all of the things it will do. Hopefully after Christmas I can sit down play with it. How sweet you are to share a homemade ornament.

  89. Lauren K says:

    This is so charming! I would love one to hang on my tree.

  90. I love your website! You are really ans inspiration to me… craft “stash” gets bigger and bigger so I need to get going! the doves are wonderful…thanks!!~GG Jan~

  91. Cheri says:

    I love it! I’d like to make one…but I’d also love to win one. Thanks! :-)

  92. Julie says:

    Very cute! Keep the Christmas decor ideas coming.

  93. wendy says:

    That’s adorable! I’d love to have one!

  94. Peg says:

    Just lovely! If I win I will use it for inspiration to pass the peace on….my jigsaw is handy and waiting for word that I’ve won!!! :)

  95. Jill Jones says:

    LOve, love, love the dove ornament! You are so clever. I always look forward to seeing your terrific ideas in my email inbox. Also love the use of the glass ornaments on your mantle and going to incoporate your concepts into my holiday decor this year. Thanks Centsational Girl!

  96. Christina says:

    So perfect for the season!

  97. They look great, Kate! I love that you even cut them out yourself. :)

  98. Chrissy says:

    Hmm.. I may have to “borrow”my hubby’s jigsaw this weekend! Adorable ornament -I would love to have one!

  99. Heidi says:

    So cute, looks like I’ll be adding a jigsaw to my Christmas list.

  100. Charlotte says:

    So pretty!

  101. Melanie G says:

    Love it!!

  102. Teresa says:

    You are just overflowing with creative ideas!

  103. Heather says:

    In a word…LOVELY! Plus, who couldn’t use a little Peace in their lives right now?! Loving your website too!

  104. Tia says:

    What a cute idea!

  105. Sarah W says:

    I LOVE these! :) I already finished our Christmas shopping this year, but these would make wonderful gift tags for a personalized touch!

  106. Jennifer says:

    LOVE! One is delightful. A whole flock in white on a tree with white lights and silver accents would be stunning as well! You could even personalize with each family member’s name and watch it grow over the years. I bet folks would enjoy finding where theirs is on the tree as they await Christmas dinner. Thanks again for yet another inspiring post!

  107. April says:

    It would look BEAUTIFUL on our tree!!! :)

Leave a Reply