How to Make Crafty Photo Ornaments

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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These ornaments also look cute tied to packages, dangling from stockings, or decorating a pine garland.
There are so many possibilities for decorating the felt frames: You can sew on or glue on embellishments, embroider, use puff paints...
You probably have the materials for this project in your stash right now—its a great way to use up scraps.
These ornaments also look cute tied to packages, dangling from stockings, or decorating a pine garland.

These ornaments also look cute tied to packages, dangling from stockings, or decorating a pine garland.

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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If this year has brought your family a new baby, a new pet, a marriage, a reunion, or the loss of a loved one, make everyone a picture ornament to commemorate the occasion. Or, you can use this technique with a vintage photo to create a unique mixed-media ornament.

What you'll need:

  • Photograph
  • Circle, oval, or square tracing template
  • Pencil
  • Wool felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Crewel needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scrap of 1/8-inch ribbon
  • Sequins, beads, buttons, puff paints, etc.

A note on the photos: Because you'll want these ornaments to last, I recommend using a photograph that's been printed on photo paper, preferably by a photo lab. If you don't want to cut your actual photo, or you need multiple copies, you can scan it and print it onto photo paper-or ask your local photo processing store to do it.

Place a template over the photo. Gently trace with a pencil.

Begin by placing a tracing template over the photo and moving it around until you like what shows through-this represents the part of the photo that will be on display in the finished ornament. Lightly trace the opening directly on the photo with a pencil. It will leave a very faint embossed line.

(I'm using a photographer's tracing template here, but you can also find nested tracing templates in all kinds of shapes at craft stores.)

You can also make a tracing template from cardstock.

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Comments (4)

RobberStokery writes: No comments... Just one word. G R E A T.
Posted: 1:26 am on August 24th
SusanneBendtner writes: Ah! So cute! I would print out other types of images and not photos of family members, but that's just my opinion. Neat idea!
Posted: 6:01 am on January 25th
Average_Jane_Crafter writes: These are fantastic and seem easy! I love the idea of "embellishing to my heart's content," though that could get dangerous ....

And I love Linda's version with the year embroidered on the frame, and the idea of machine stitching - which would be nice if you were looking to crank loads of them out. (but you know me, a total sucker for hand stitching .... ;)

Great tutorial, writing, pictures as usual!
Posted: 10:44 pm on November 24th
LindaPermann writes: Great tutorial Diane! I made one last night (in the gallery). Since I didn't have any templates, I used a cup for the inner circle, then a clear plastic container for the outer circle (so I could see through it as I traced it to line it up). Now at least I know our hodge podge set of dishes are good for something!
Posted: 3:41 pm on November 24th
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