Photo ornaments are a tradition on my family Christmas tree. It’s fun to see pictures from years past while we are decorating the Christmas tree, and the kids love to hunt around the tree to find their baby pictures and see how much they have changed. This year, I decided to recycle some of my leftover wrapping paper to create unique DIY picture ornaments.
- Darice Paper Mache Puffy Heart Ornament.
- Lace Ribbon.
- Gift Wrapping Paper.
- Mod Podge (Matte).
- Darice Foam Brush.
- Darice Scissors.
- Family Photos (Printed about 2 x 3 inches).
Step 1. To begin your DIY picture ornaments, squeeze Mod Podge onto the paper mache heart ornament and spread it around with a foam brush. Apply gift wrap to the surface.
Hint: Cheaper, thin gift wrap is perfect for these DIY picture ornaments because it will mold to the surface of the paper mache ornaments more easily.
Cut slits into the paper wherever it starts to fold or buckle, then spread Mod Podge over and under the wrapping paper to keep it flat against the ornament. You will use multiple pieces of wrapping paper to get a good fit around the curves and contours of the paper mache ornament. Just overlap the wrapping paper so that you completely cover the paper mache surface.
Step 2. After the ornament is covered with wrapping paper, add a thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire ornament and set it aside to dry. Don’t worry, the Mod Podge will dry completely clear!
Step 3. Cut strips of lace wide enough to make a frame for the photo. Brush a thick layer of Mod Podge on the back of the photo, then lay the lace strips onto the back of the photo, with the edges overhanging the photo.
Step 4. Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely onto the back of the photo, then trim the lace frame to make the edges even.
Add any additional embellishments you like to your DIY picture ornaments, such as rhinestones, buttons, or other trinkets. Consider these DIY star ornaments for another fun homemade ornament option to try this year.
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.