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How to Make Christmas Photo Ornaments

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


  • Step 1: Cut out photo Cut out the photo you want to use into a circle that measures about 3 inches across.
  • 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.
  • Step 3: Put photo inside Holding the photo around the pencil, slip it inside the bulb. Release the photo from the pencil.
  • Step 4: Straighten the photo Position and straighten the photo with a cotton swab.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Gluing decorations inside will also help keep the photo in place.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Ornaments on the 2008 National Christmas tree were made with holographic film to make the tree look lit all day.

You Will Need

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

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