Simple DIY Photo Ornament

Sometimes the simplest projects are the best.

I have truly done a 180 with our Christmas decorating…I used to have little figurines, and stuff in every room.  And while I still love to add that special touch to most of our home, it’s much simpler.

It’s amazing what a sprig of evergreen clippings and some sparkly ornaments can do.

This year, I did want to focus on spending time with my family rather than buying new decor, or photographing consuming decorating projects.  I used not even half of our ornaments on our Fir tree this year, and I decided it needed a special touch.

DIY Photo Ornament | Handmade Christmas Ornament | perfectly imperfect

A tree full of your family’s smiling faces does something for a mama’s heart.  I toyed back and forth on how to make them….using shape cutters or my cricut or attaching metal tabs & grommets.

And then I just sat down and plopped something together and moved on with my day.

BEST kind of project.

Simple DIY Photo Ornament | Handmade Christmas Ornament | perfectly imperfect

I’m a full-color photo kind of gal, but printing in black and white keeps all the photos uniform and they pop beautifully off the card stock, no matter the color.  (P.S.  I love Florabella’s actions, and I used Luxe II’s Black and White with Blush.)

I could have used glue dots, or raised tape dots, or a myriad of other products.  But you can never go wrong with Scotch Tape (especially the matte gift wrap tape).  And no, I’m not paid to say that…just the truth.

Cheap take won’t work, y’all.

Simple DIY Photo Ornament | Handmade Christmas Ornament | perfectly imperfect

I used the old rolled-tape trick on all four corners.

Simple DIY Photo Ornament | Handmade Christmas Ornament | perfectly imperfect

When it was time to attach it to the card stock, I simply did not press it all the way down…this is where good tape comes in.  Just a slight press so there’s still some dimension between the paper and the photo.

I then trimmed around the photo…easy peasy.

Simple DIY Photo Ornament | Handmade Christmas Ornament | perfectly imperfect

After punching a hole in the center of the top of each card, I used the red/jute ribbon from our shop to make little ties for hanging the ornaments.

Simple DIY Photo Ornament | Handmade Christmas Ornament | perfectly imperfect

I was SMITTEN after the first one…

Simple DIY Photo Ornament | Handmade Christmas Ornament | perfectly imperfect

And seeing little moments of our year on our Christmas tree was pretty magical…kind of like celebrating our own finale to our year together.

Every project doesn’t have to be complicated or require 7 steps or even be pin-worthy.

Simple DIY Photo Ornament | Handmade Christmas Ornament | perfectly imperfect

Sometimes the simplest projects are the best kind.

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10 Responses to Simple DIY Photo Ornament

  1. Brandy December 6, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    These photos add such a cute personal touch to the tree. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Holidays.

  2. http://www.reviewwebshop.com December 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Nice collection, really artistic Christmas ornament

  3. tara December 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    beautiful DIY ornament.

  4. Cathleen December 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Love it! Will try this great idea.

  5. Della December 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    So adorable!

  6. Lauren December 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Adorable idea…even more Adorable are the cutie-pies in those photos! I’m so doing this….if I can find time ;)

    Love you friend!

  7. Diana @ 107Vintage December 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    That is a very simple, but darling idea ! I love the idea of all the smiling
    faces being on your tree ! Every time you walk by the tree- it gives you
    some love back. . .

    Great idea-

    Diana@107Vintage.com

  8. tiffini December 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    i wholeheartedly AGREE!!
    nikki and i did my moms tree with all her old photographs of her mom and sisters growing up.
    she LOVED it and it turned her ordinary tree to EXTRAordinary…for free!

    happy friday!
    xo

  9. Stephanie December 7, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    These are just too sweet!
    Question… I’m just learning this whole photography thing :-)
    I purchased an editing tutorial from the lettered cottage.
    I just love your black and whites. Did u use pioneer women editor??

  10. Gotch from Plush Rugs March 1, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    The photos added a great beauty to the tree, its looking awesome.

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