{Sassy Juice Top Photo Ornaments}

A couple of years ago, I began the tradition of making homemade ornaments every year.  Last year I posted my Homemade Block Ornaments.  This year…I used metal juice can tops to make our ornaments.  On the front of each ornament is a photo and on the back is a little something about that person.  For our family ornament, I added our 2010 highlights of the year.  These will be so fun to read each Christmas in the future.  I love how they turned out. 

What you’ll need to make Juice Top ornaments:

-metal juice can tops (2 per ornament)

-designed circle with photos for front and back {I digi scrapped my photos and once again used Crystal Wilkerson’s ADORABLE Artisan Labels}

-hot glue gun

-mod podge

-fun, sassy ribbon

To get started, cut out your circle photo, front and back.  Then I used mod podge to glue the photo on to the juice top.  I also applied a thin coat of modpodge over the photos to create a seal.  The photo should be placed on one side of a juice top, and the back photo/wording should be glued on the back of the juice top.  That way they will fit correctly when it is time to glue them together.  Before gluing, figure out how to make them fit and which sides to glue photos and backs on. 

Let them dry for a couple of hours.  While they are drying you can cut your ribbon.  You will need 4 inch or so strips to create a loop for the ornament to hang.

While the ribbon is in a loop (just how you want it), glue the ribbon on one of the insides of the juice top.  Next, cover one juice top inside with hot glue and then put the two juice tops together, the front and the back.  Squeeze tightly to glue it together well.

To finish these off, I added some polka dot ribbon and ric-rac to the ribbon loop. 

And there you have some very cute photo ornaments with photos of your favorite people in the world!

My kiddos and I couldn’t wait to hang them on our tree…but first we had to experiment and see where else they would look cute…

How about a berry wreath?

Or some green garland?

What are some Homemade ornaments you have made?  We would love to see yours too!

And if you like these ornaments, how about these juice top magnets.  Wouldn’t they make a cute gift?

xoxo Jamie


  1. says

    OH MY GOODNESS! These are ADORABLE! I save all my juice lids and I have a TON! I was planning on using the lids for ornaments.. Love yours to death! Now I REALLY have to make some! 😀

  2. Janice says

    These are perfect – I’ve been saving my juice lids for a project! Thanks for sharing. Any chance you could share a file that has the circles laid out? Just the size of the circles would be fabulous and save a lot of time. I don’t need the effects.

  3. says

    Jamie, these turned out fabulously. I absolutely love this idea and have been saving a juice lid or two and just might make some for our tree. :) Thanks for the cute ideas!! xoxo

  4. says

    So glad that I am not the only crazy one that saves juice lids! Thanks for taking these utilitarian objects and making them look so elegant! Great tutorial.

  5. Mary says

    Super love these. Can you tell us what Digital kit you used for the paper. Love the frames, but wanted the paper as well!


  6. Maureen says

    Hi Jamie! Luv the ornaments. I was hoping you could point me in the right way for directions on how to actually digiscrap them. I have PSE and am not real familiar with it but would love to learn more. I can’t figure out how to digiscrap the circle. (i’m sure it’s probably really easy)! Any help would be very much appreciated :) Thanks

    • Mary says

      I am also wondering how to digiscrap the circles. I downloaded the Artisan Label Templates but am having trouble with the circles. Thank you.

  7. says

    I work in an elementary art classroom and we had these (provided by the other art teacher or I’d totally take some and use ’em to make these photo ornaments!) and we allowed the kids some freedom to make whatever they wanted. Kids come up with some great ideas! One kid made the juice top the belly of a Santa and made the Santa with colored paper and accessories (including an acorn for part of his hat). Some of our students used them as the floor and glued a pinecone “tree” on top then put paper around the bottom for a tree skirt and decorated with glitter, markers, etc. I don’t have pics, but I’ll try to get some by next week!

  8. Ginger says

    LOVE IT!! I have a preschool & have been SEARCHING for something for the kids to make their parents for Christmas! This is it!! Can you give me tips on where to find the template? I have never done any digital scrapbooking, so I have no idea where to start. Thanks for sharing your talent! :)

  9. Ashly says

    These are the cutest things!! Like those above, I am wondering if you would share the size of the circles (or a template) and what kit(s) you used for the polka dot paper? Thank you so much for this great idea!

  10. says

    These are such fun things. They don’t even look those old simple homemade things from years past. They are great for using digi scrap supplies, as well as paper supplies on hand.

  11. says

    I cannot tell you how in love with these I am. SO CLEVER!!! We don’t drink juice so I’m going to have to figure out an alternative for the lids, but I just love the use of hybrid scrapping on these. Love the highlights for each person and the Crystal Wilkerson templates. Just love it all. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. says

    Ok I’m new to this so I have a question about the “digi scrapped?” How exactly do you do that? Thanks!

    Oh and those are SUPER adorable so I want to make some of my own!! :)

  13. says

    These are adorable!!! I’ve been saving lids and looking for ideas on how to use them!! Time to get busy and make as many as i can for our troops this year!!! We only need about 15,000 ornaments!!!!

  14. says

    These are absoultely gorgeous!! LOVE them and what a great idea to recycle those juice lids!! Will definitely be giving these a try!

    I like to make mini scrapbook star albums with photos of the kids/family and hang them on the Christmas tree.

  15. Summer says

    I just purchased the templates that you listed t make these… I have NO idea how to use them like you did. Can you let me know what type of label you bought and what you did to get the picture inside the frame? I thought they were different. I wouldn’t have bought them had I known no instructions would accompany the download.

    • Jeri says

      same problem too. guess i should have read all the comments before purchasing the templates. would you please tell me how i can use these? i really wanted to make ornaments for my kids as a christmas present!

      • says

        Hi Jeri,
        You will need to pull the tags into a program like Photoshop, they might even work in Word. Pull the image in a program and then you can add the words that you want. I’m not sure you can add the pictures when you are in Word, but you could try. These are so fun and if you do get Photoshop get Photoshop Elements. Cheaper and more user friendly.

  16. Lindsay says

    I love thee! I am going to design and make my own for my family. What size will the circles have to be though? Do I just print until I have the right circles if I am not going off the website you gave?

  17. Salina Holland says

    Hi! I LOVE this idea and I’m so excited about making these for Christmas this year. I have a question though…..how did you create the circle to fit exactly into the lid? I use photoshop elements for my digi scrappin. Thanks!

  18. says

    Very nice idea. So original too. The lids are really sturdy and I have always thought it was such a waste to throw away (even if you recycle).
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. says

    Jamie, I LOVE these! It’s tradition in our family that we make ornaments and give out with our gifts each year. I want to make these this year but have no clue what you mean by digiscrap. I have purchased the template but don’t know how to make them cute like yours. HELP!

  20. Fiona says

    I love these ornaments! I am also wondering if you could explain the digital scrap booking portion…I have photoshop but can’t seem to figure out how to start. Thanks!

  21. Kristen says

    Could you share how you made the circles & digiscrapped the frames? Adorable but can’t figure out how to get the circles sized. Thanks!

  22. RHONDA GOLDEN says

    I’m late to the part! A) I’m a retire Redesign Decorator, but I’m going to set mason jar lids, SPRAY paint!! ( yes I have your pointers, add some glitter while wet, now, all I have to figure out is how to put borders around….thinking I may, for this year anyway, use hot glue and put lace,artificial. Snow, something! Ideas for a newbie? Chri is close!!


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