Christmas Craft:
DIY Photo Ornaments

Decorate your tree with something special this year: photos of your loved ones from both near and far.

Christmas Craft: Photo Ornaments

Keep your loved ones close this holiday season with these DIY ornaments. Ribbon scraps and sewing trim become tree trimmings with the addition of your favorite snapshots—from this year’s family portrait to an heirloom photo. Read on for more creative ideas on how to make these your own.


  • Photos
  • Wood rectangles (sold at craft stores)
  • Assorted trims
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft knife and cutting surface


Begin by trimming your photos to size with the craft knife. Trace around the wood rectangle with the knife to cut the photo to size. Be sure to do this carefully, and on a safe surface.


Brush a thin coat of glue onto the wood with a paintbrush and adhere photo. Wipe away any excess glue and place under something heavy for a few minutes to dry.


Decorate with trims. Easy: Create a framed effect by gluing trims around the edge of the photo (adhere to either the front or the back of the ornament, depending on what looks best to you). Easier: Just attach a loop of ribbon the back with glue. Wide ribbon equals big impact with little effort.


Hang on the tree and enjoy!