Personalized and Inexpensive, These Delightful Tree Ornaments Are Easy to Make!A Christmas tree photo-ornament can be a treasured gift for a group of friends or that special person on your list. Today I'm providing directions to easily create a photo ornament.
My handmade ornaments were ready in less than a day, and turned out perfectly! Making photo ornaments this way is easy, and costs a fraction of what it would to purchase them.
|I had blurred this photo intentionally for another use, but it shows the background and captions that I used.|
Directions for Making Photo Ornaments:Supplies needed:
- Mod Podge (glossy or luster), available at craft stores
- Disposable 2 inch foam brush
- A thin, very stiff piece of cardboard (or any sturdy and easy to cut material; or a piece of wood or other material already pre-cut to the desired shape and size.)
- pencil, hole punch, regular scissors
- notched scissors (I used pinking shears)
- photo(s) - wallet-size works best, place a one-hour photo order or print your own if in a hurry! Be sure the photo can be trimmed to fit your chosen backing.
- 8 inches of thin ribbon
- Select photo(s) in the quantity / size you desire. Pay attention to crop guidelines so all parts of the photo will all be visible on your completed ornament.
- Trim your photos as desired. (I like to fill one side of the ornament with a photo, and on the other side, paste a colored background and then a smaller photo with a caption.)
- Cut the cardboard to fit your largest photo. (Remember, you will be punching a hole in the top; be sure there will be enough space either in or above the photo so you won't have to put a hole in someone's head!
- Cut colored paper to use as a background on either front or back of cardboard, if photo will not cover it completely.
- Write or print out a caption. (e.g. date, event, place or whatever) - either on the photo itself, the background paper or a separate slip of paper.
- Shake Mod Podge well. Using the foam brush, apply a layer to completely cover one side of the cardboard.
- Center background paper (if using it) onto glued cardboard, then apply a layer of Mod Podge over this, painting with strokes all going one direction.
- Layer on the photo next, centering it as desired, and paint over it with Mod Podge. Don't Worry! The photo will appear opaque and milky, but it will dry clear!
- Repeat with caption slip, if using it, finishing with a layer of Mod Podge.
- Let dry for about 20 minutes.
- Repeat step 6 and 7, using remaining background, photo and caption on back of ornament.
- Let dry for 8 hours or overnight.
- Punch a hole in the top of the ornament.
- Using decorative scissors, cut a tiny amount off the edges, just enough to make them pretty.
- Tie a ribbon through the hole, to be used as a hanger.
That's it! Give them away, or hang them on your tree!My first batch turned out so cute that I made a bunch more last year, for other family and friends (top photo). With just a few supplies, a few hours and no artistic talent necessary, this is an easy craft project.
This year I created some more ornaments, for another group of friends. Instead of using cardboard like last year, though, I purchased some wooden cutouts from the craft store. They had a variety of shapes - the ones I selected resembled round ornaments and stars. The round shapes already had holes for hangers; the stars required using a drill to put a hole the top. After a quick coating with spray paint, these wooden shapes were a great backdrop for my photos. Mod Podge worked just as well on the wood as it did the cardboard last year.
|Sorry - I can't show you the whole ornament, because it might ruin the surprise for the people who will be receiving these. ;)|
Do you have any homemade ornaments on your tree?
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