I love handmade ornaments, and I especially love handmade photo ornaments.
I’m that crazy mom that insists on my kids getting a photo with Santa every year. However, now that my oldest is ten, I know the Santa days may be nearing the end.
The Santa pics are one of my favorite things to unwrap every year when I pull out the Christmas decorations. Since the photos are so special to me, I decided it would be fun to make these photos into ornaments. (And I can hand them down to the kids someday!)
I don’t have a scanner, so I just took a pic of my photos. It’s best to take them out of the glass so you don’t have a glare. You can either print them out yourself or send them to a photo lab like I did.
For these ornaments you’ll need:
- Wooden shapes or card stock
- Mod Podge
- Sponge brush
- Printed Dates
- String (for hanging the ornaments. I just used ornament hooks.)
- Edge Rounder
I found these thin, wood cut-out rectangles at Hobby Lobby. Originally I was going to cut out my rectangles from thick card stock, but I cam across this perfect solution. The rectangles even have a small hole at the top for hanging.
I spray painted all my rectangles with black paint. (Obviously you can buy black card stock and not have to paint, but you will have to cut.)
Once the pieces were painted (front & back), I was ready to go!
I cut out my photos (I sized them to fit my rectangles) and rounded the edges
I printed out dates. I knocked out the number and made the background black. I then cut them.
I covered the entire rectangle in Mod Podge and added the photo and date. Then I added more Mod Podge over the entire piece and let it dry.
And that’s it! You have ornaments that will be keepsakes and they also make great (and inexpensive) gifts!
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