How to Make Crafty Photo Ornaments

comments (2) November 21st, 2008     

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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 (2)

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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