It is no surprise that I love photography, and I love unique ways to display my photos. I wanted to be able to display some of my favorite memories on my Christmas Tree. I don’t love any of the store bought photo ornaments that I have purchased. I decided that if you could Modge Podge a photo on canvas, that you could do the same for a wooden Christmas ornament. I created some unique “frames” using Photoshop and my Cricut Explore, and I love how these turned out.
Here is what you need:
- Wallet size photographs
- Small wooden shapes-Sold at craft stores
- Paint and/or stain
- Wax Paper
- Drill and drill bits
- Ribbon (or other material for hanger)
- Modge Podge
- Cricut Explore
- Design Space software
I began by drilling small holes in the top of the wooden shapes; this is where you will attach your hanger. By stacking the wood shapes or placing scrap pieces on both sides when you drill, you can keep the holes from splintering on the back. You want to do this before you paint or stain them, so that lighter wood doesn’t show through. Allow them to dry thoroughly before attempting to attach photos. I stained my shapes with a dark wood stain that compliments my decor, but you could also paint them if you prefer.
I designed some “frames” to surround the photos that I planned to use, and I cut them out using my Cricut Explore and Design Space software. I used colors that coordinated with my tree, but you could use any type/color of cardstock. These would even be pretty trimmed in burlap if you had a rustic or country themed tree.
I cut 6 inch strips of ribbon to use as hangers. You want to secure your hanger before applying Modge Podge so that it doesn’t get in the pre-drilled hole. Lay out a large piece of wax paper to work on. Trim your photo as necessary, so that it doesn’t show around the edges of the frame. Center the photo and frame on the wooden shape. Apply Modge Podge to the back of the photo and press firmly against the wood. Try to make sure there aren’t any bubbles by pressing from the center outward toward the edges. Next you will apply Modge Podge to the back of the frame, and place it over the photo. You will cover the face of the photo, frame, and the rest of the face of the ornament with Modge Podge. It will look streaky when first applied, but it dries clear. Carefully remove any clumps you may see. Finally, place each ornament on wax paper while it dries; they should completely dry in just a few hours.
These would make easy keepsake gifts for friends, family, or maybe even teachers. It would also be a lovely class project. I let Gabe write his name on the back of one of the ornaments so he can give it to his grandmother. I love to add personal touches. You could dress up these simple ornaments with metallic cardstock or other embellishments to suit your personal taste, style, or decor.
What is your favorite Christmas ornament?