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Wood Slices

Wood slices are cross-sectional cuts from tree trunks that display unique tree ring patterns. Sometimes displayed with the outer ring of bark, and sometimes with a smooth bark-less outer edge, wood slices are widely used for a variety of purposes. It is common for hobbyists to use wood slices for crafts, decor, or DIY wood projects. Tree slices are particularly popular for the creation of personalised items serving as decor or bomboniere favour gifts.

Natural Wood Slices For Your Home & Event Decor Needs

At Koch & Co, our collection of wood slices are available in a range of different sizes, suited to wood slice crafts as well as home, event, and retail decor. A naturalistic platform for elevating or displaying goods and trinkets, wood plates are often used in the curation of a warm, inviting ambience. Popular with rustic, shabby chic, woodland, maximalist, or scandi decor styles, natural wood slices offer versatile means for decoration. 

Wood Slices For Rustic Weddings, Baby Showers & Birthdays

Explore our range of premium log slices when designing centrepieces or personalising decor at your next event. Popular for use as table risers and trays; display food, gifts, and centrepieces on these wooden discs at weddings, baby showers, birthdays, and other special events.

Fast, Australia-Wide Delivery For Natural Wood Slices

Enjoy swift, Australia-wide delivery when you shop our range of natural wood slices online. Couple your wood slices with other products from our extensive collection of DIY, floristry, and crafting products to facilitate your next woodworking or crafting project. Alternatively, visit our Superstore in Auburn, NSW or enjoy our convenient Click & Collect service in Huntingwood, NSW. 

What types of wood are commonly used for wood slices?

Common woods used for wood slices include oak, pine, birch, and cedar.

  • Oak: offers durability and a rich grain.
  • Pine: a lighter variety of wood, with a softer texture.
  • Birch: easily lends itself to a smooth surface for wood slices for crafts or painting.
  • Cedar: Exudes a distinct aroma and is naturally resistant to decay.

Our collection solely features wood derived from the Paulownia tree. Paulownia wood slices are prized for their lightweight yet durable nature, offering a high strength-to-weight ratio ideal for various applications. This timber is also known for its fine grain, aesthetic appeal, and resistance to warping and cracking. Additionally, it's environmentally friendly, as Paulownia trees grow rapidly and are sustainably harvested.

How are wood slices cut?

Regardless of their size, the manufacturing process of wooden log slices generally follows the following steps:

  • Wood slices are cut cross-sectionally from felled tree trunks. Precision saws are used to create even slices.
  • Bark may be retained for a natural look. Bark-free varieties of wood slices are also available on the market, with a smoother, paler finish.
  • Sanding of wood plate surfaces ensures smooth and level surfaces.
What do you do with wood slices?

Wood slices are a handy means for decorating and a versatile medium for arts and crafts. Use wood slices for projects such as:

  • Create charming coasters by sealing and decorating slices.
  • Craft personalised ornaments with paint, markers, or wood burning.
  • Design wood centrepieces for rustic weddings or events.
  • Make unique wall art by arranging slices in patterns or as a collage.
  • Construct DIY furniture, like side tables or stools.
  • Use slices as a base for candles or as a natural serving platter.
 How can wood slices be used in weddings and special events?

Wood slices are often used in weddings and special events decor. Examples of event decor projects include:

  • Personalise table settings with wood slice place cards.
  • Craft rustic event wood slices for centrepieces of varied sizes.
  • Use larger slices as cake stands or dessert displays.
  • Create a photo backdrop with suspended wood slices.
  • Offer slices as keepsake favours, customised with event details or guest names.
Can I customise wood slices with names or messages for an event?

Tailor your event with personalised wood rounds for crafts. You can employ various techniques such as engraving, wood burning, or hand-painting to incorporate names or messages. These custom touches transform slices into unique place cards, distinctive favours, or personalised decor, adding a special and memorable element to weddings, birthdays, or other special occasions.

How should I prepare wood slices before using them in projects?

Without preparation, tree slices may have rough surfaces, loose bark, and be susceptible to moisture damage. Unsealed wood can warp, crack, or attract pests. Proper preparation, including sanding, sealing, and cleaning, ensures a smooth finish and enhances the durability of your wood plate projects. To prepare your wood slices for longevity:

  • Sand the wood surfaces for a smooth finish.
  • Remove any loose bark or debris.
  • Apply a wood sealer to enhance durability and protect against moisture.
  • If desired, stain or paint for a custom look. For a natural look, consider using a clear finish.
  • Allow slices to thoroughly dry before starting your project
How do I maintain wood slides in good condition?

Handcrafted Wooden Decor oftentimes requires a different approach to maintenance, as the presence of moisture may affect the condition of wood slices, especially home-made wood slices. To maintain the good condition of your wood plates:

  • Regularly clean with a soft, dry cloth to remove dust.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
  • Apply a wood-friendly conditioner or sealant to prevent drying or cracking.
  • Handle with care to avoid scratches or dents.
  • Keep away from excessive moisture to prevent warping.
  • Re-apply a protective sealant as needed, especially for items exposed to outdoor elements.
How to prevent wood slices from splitting?

Over time, wooden slices can split for a range of reasons. Common causes for this include changes in humidity, which cause the wood to expand and contract. Inadequate drying before use or internal stresses within the wood are other common issues leading to splitting. To prevent this from occurring:

  • Choose only well-dried wood cookies a.k.a. slices, to minimise moisture content.
  • Seal all surfaces with a protective wood sealant.
  • Store in a cool, dry place to avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
Can wood slices be used outdoors?

Sustainable materials, like wood slices, can be used outdoors for various purposes. As a biodegradable material, wood needs to meet a couple of requirements before they are fit for use in an outdoor setting. Whether as garden stepping stones, outdoor decor, or picnic table centrepieces, properly treated wood slices can be lasting additions to your outdoor decor. To ensure the longevity of wood slices being used outdoors:

  • Choose durable wood types.
  • Apply a weather-resistant sealant.
  • Periodically reseal. 
Are wood slices safe for food use?

Natural Wood Coasters or trays made from wood slices can be safe for food use when properly prepared. Choose food-safe finishes, like mineral oil, for wood plate cutting boards or serving platters. Ensure the wood is free from harmful chemicals, and regularly clean and maintain the slices to uphold hygiene standards.

How to paint on wood slices?

To facilitate tree slice art, it’s important to first ensure that the work surface will be receptive to the paint medium being used. To do this, follow the following steps:

  • Sand the wood slice for a smooth surface.
  • Apply a base coat of acrylic paint in your desired colour.
  • Allow the base coat to dry completely.
  • Use fine brushes for detailed designs or larger brushes for broader strokes.
  • Apply additional coats as needed for vibrant colours.
  • Allow the final layer to dry thoroughly before sealing with a clear varnish.
How to put pictures in wood slices?

Putting pictures into or onto wood slices is a popular choice for custom wood gifts and decor. Different techniques for transferring art onto wood slices include: 

  • Decoupage: Affix printed images onto wood using a glue or decoupage medium.
  • Image Transfer: Transfer laser-printed or photocopied images onto wood using gel medium.
  • Wood Burning: Create images using a pyrography tool, burning the design onto the wood.
  • Hand Painting: Paint images directly onto the wood for a custom, artistic touch.
  • Stencil and Paint: Use stencils to create precise images, then paint within the outlines.
  • Resin Pour: Embed images under a layer of clear resin for a glossy, three-dimensional effect.

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