Patterns / Winter Scrolling

2016 Christmas Ornaments

Sue Mey's ornaments feature the year and messages of peace and joy.

Sue Mey’s ornaments feature the year and messages of peace and joy.

By Sue Mey
Cut by Rolf Beuttenmuller



Spread peace, joy, hope, love, and faith this holiday season with these web-exclusive ornaments. The simple designs are easy to cut but will look stunning with tree lights shining through the frets.

We cut the ornaments from Baltic birch plywood and finished them with Danish oil, but there are many more options: paint, stain, or woodburn the plywood; accent the designs with glitter; or cut the ornaments from hardwood. Get the kids involved by cutting the designs and letting them do the decorating. (Older children could also help with the cutting!)

You should easily be able to stack four sheets of thin wood to cut multiple pieces at once. Click here for instructions on stacking wood, as well as other scrolling tips.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season!



  • Baltic birch plywood or hardwood, 1/8″ (3mm) thick: per ornament, 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ (89mm x 10.8cm)
  • Spray adhesive: temporary-bond
  • Sandpaper: 120, 180, and 220 grits
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Finish, such as Danish oil, clear spray, and/or paint
  • Ribbon, fishing line, or ornament hooks


  • Blades: #1 or #3 for stack cutting; #2/0 if cutting just one layer
  • Drill with small drill bit (we use a drill press, but you can use a handheld drill if you have a steady hand)


Click here to download pattern set 1.
Click here to download pattern set 2.

Click here to download Scroll Saw Basics (instructions for attaching patterns, drilling blade-entry holes, and creating stacks for cutting multiple pieces at once).