How to Make Christmas Photo Ornaments

Decorate your Christmas tree with this keepsake ornament featuring a photo of a loved one.


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You Will Need

  • Photo
  • Scissors
  • Transparent ornament with a removable top
  • Pencil
  • Cotton swab
  • Glue
  • Decorations
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Cut out photo

    Cut out the photo you want to use into a circle that measures about 3 inches across.

  2. Step 2

    Remove cap

    Remove the hanger and cap from the bulb. Then wrap the photo around a pencil, making sure the photo is facing outward.

  3. Step 3

    Put photo inside

    Holding the photo around the pencil, slip it inside the bulb. Release the photo from the pencil.

  4. Step 4

    Straighten the photo

    Position and straighten the photo with a cotton swab.

  5. Step 5

    Fill the inside

    Get creative and glue small shells, colored tinsel, colored sand, and even popcorn to the inside and outside of the ornament.

  6. Gluing decorations inside will also help keep the photo in place.

  7. Step 6

    Add date and a message

    Write the date on the back of the ornament with acrylic paint, and a message if you like. Finish by tying a bow around the top of the ornament and give it as a gift to the person in the picture or hang it on your own tree.

  8. Ornaments on the 2008 National Christmas tree were made with holographic film to make the tree look lit all day.