It’s time to share my annual photo ornaments. I have been making these for the past few years…with photos of my little ones and family. My kids love seeing their photos on our tree…my little 2 year old walks by and points to her ornament with excitement! They have been a huge hit!
I purchased shiny bangle bracelets from the store (you can find them anywhere…forever 21, charolette russe, etc.) I chose gold, silver, simple, fancy, and even ones with a bluish finish.
I also used little wooden circles (you can find at most craft stores in their unfinished wood section).
Here are the steps to make these:
Drill a hole in the wood circles. (I had my husband help with this part…) My holes were pretty small (like the size of a mini hole punch). But you could do any size, especially if your circle is larger or you want to lace ribbon instead of fishing wire.
Print off circle photos….many of you asked how I get the exact size…well I print these at home and in Photoshop use the option Print Multiple Photos. This allows you to choose custom sizes for your photos and print a bunch at once. I sized all the circle photos to 2.1 inches. You may have to try a couple of times to get the right size. You can also take a regular photo and trace the circle, cut it out and use that.
Then…punch a mini hole in your photo (Hold it against the wooden circle and hole to find the right place to punch the hole in your picture).
Next…I added some words on the back of mine. Using a circle shape and fun quatrefoil paper, I added a little something to the back of each ornament. I listed kids milestones, family highlights, etc. I love looking back at past ornaments and reading about our family’s highlights each year.
While the ModPodge was drying, I assembled my bangle bracelets. I just played with different ones until I had 3 that looked great together. (mixing silver and gold, fancy and plain) I just used my glue gun to glue the bangles together. (and I’m assuming that worked great because they haven’t fallen apart yet:)
Now for the tricky part…assembling the ornaments and tying the ribbon. I first laced fishing wire (or you can use the stretchy clear wire for necklaces) through the wood hole and then tied it around my bangles so that the circle is hanging in the center of the bangles. I then laced another fishing wire around the top of the bangle and tied a knot at the top (for the ornament to hang on the tree). I like the simpleness of the wire…that you can’t see it. I then added different ribbons to each ornament at the top of the bangle (around the fishing wire).
If you make these, I would love to see your version! Send us an email or leave a message with a link!
Jamie’s 2010 ornament–Sassy Juice Top Photo Ornaments.
and the Love Tree and Ornaments