DIY Photo Ornaments

Learn how to make these DIY Photo Ornaments for your Christmas tree in only a half hour!One of my favorite parts about the end of the year is looking back at all my photos and memories. Plus as you know, Christmas is in my top five of my favorite things about life, so this year, I decided to put the two activities together and make photo ornaments! Here’s how you can whip up a batch to add a personal and colorful touch to your tree in about a half hour:

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: photos, paint, decoupage, paint brush, balsa wood sheet, scissors, ribbon, hot glue gun

Learn how to make these DIY Photo Ornaments for your Christmas tree in only a half hour!

You can find the sheet of balsa wood in the wood craft aisle of the craft store. You want it to be 4″ wide and as thin as possible so cuts are easier. Your scissors should be extra sharp or I suggest using a saw.

I had my 4×4 photos printed through Mpix and just love how the colors came out. You can sync up your Instagram/Facebook pages so that selecting photos is super easy!

Learn how to make these DIY Photo Ornaments for your Christmas tree in only a half hour! Learn how to make these DIY Photo Ornaments for your Christmas tree in only a half hour!Cut your wood into 4″x 4.5″. If you’re worried about getting perfectly straight lines, have sandpaper on hand so you can smooth out any unevenness.

Learn how to make these DIY Photo Ornaments for your Christmas tree in only a half hour! Paint the bottom of your squares as well as the sides. You may also want to paint the back. Apply a thin layer of decoupage all over and place your photo. Set aside.

Learn how to make these DIY Photo Ornaments for your Christmas tree in only a half hour!While your squares are drying, make your hanging by folding ribbon and hot glueing into place. Turn your square over and glue in the top-center.

Learn how to make these DIY Photo Ornaments for your Christmas tree in only a half hour!And that’s all there is to it! When Christmas is over you can either store with the rest of your ornaments or remove the ribbon on the back and hang on your wall!

If you’re in a hurry this year, but still want photo ornaments, you can also make your own online here!

Learn how to make these DIY Photo Ornaments for your Christmas tree in only a half hour!

Learn how to make these DIY Photo Ornaments for your Christmas tree in only a half hour!

Learn how to make these DIY Photo Ornaments for your Christmas tree in only a half hour!

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  • Alice Lois

    Love these, Rachel! And I love MPIX – best photo quality around!

  • Carolyn Corrigan

    I just pinned this. Such a cute idea! I love it!