How to Make Crafty Photo Ornamentscomments (2) November 21st, 2008
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:
- Circle, oval, or square tracing template
- Wool felt
- 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.
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.)
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery
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