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close-up of photos of young girl and her mom cut out as a christmas tree ornaments strung on a pink Christmas tree

Family Photo Ornaments for your Christmas Tree

By Brenda Ponnay

Do you know what’s just as fun as those baby handprint ornaments? How about Chrismas tree ornaments of your active kids jumping and acting like they are climbing on your tree? Just kidding…  but we do LOVE photo ornaments and here we teach you how to make these ones that are mounted on foam board and make for awesome decorations, keepsakes, and even homemade and personalized gifts for the grandparents and others who love your children and family.

These Christmas tree photo ornaments are a great way to savor memories and you can make them yourself at home!

close-up of photo of young girl cut out as a christmas tree ornament strung on a pink Christmas tree

Let us show you how!

First, gather your supplies.

showing supplies to make christmas tree ornaments from family photos

Supplies needed to make your Christmas Tree Photo Ornaments:

  • photos (we did a special photoshoot but any photo will work, old, new–anything you like!)
  • foam core
  • a sharp blade or Exacto knife
  • self-healing mat
  • archival glue stick
  • a large piece of paper for covering your surface while gluing
  • hole punch
  • yarn or string

Now let’s get started.

How to make your Christmas Tree Photo Ornaments:

Step 1: First, cut out your photos carefully with your sharp blade or Exacto knife. This can be tricky if you are cutting around small features like fingers but it really does look better if you cut away all the distracting backgrounds.

close-up photos of a young girl with the photos being cut into christmas tree ornaments using an exacto knife

Next, it’s time to glue!

close-up photos of a young girl with the photos being transformed into christmas tree ornaments with a glue stick

Step 2: Lay your cut out photos on your gluing surface (paper) and make sure to cover the entire photo with glue from your glue stick. Use smooth movements so that you don’t have any globs. If you get glue on your hands, wash it off when you are done so you don’t accidentally transfer smudgy fingerprints to the front of your photos in the next step.

Step 3: Next, lay your glued photos onto your foam core with the glue-side down. Be sure to leave enough room to leave some white space and room for a hole-punch to hang your ornaments.

two close-up photos of a young girl with the photos being cut into christmas tree ornament made of foam core

Step 4: Now it’s time to cut your foam core. Foam core can be tricky to cut but you can do it. Leave about 1/4 inch of white space around your photo and cut with sweeping down movements. I find it’s easier to cut each ornament separately from the foam core board in a big shape before whittling it down to its more detailed shape.

several close-up photos of young brunette girl and her mom cut out as a christmas tree ornaments strung with pink yarn

Step 5: Once you are done with the cutting, punch a hole and thread your yarn or string. Yes, punching through foam core will require some muscle but it is totally doable.

Step 6: Then hang your little figurine ornaments all over your tree!

several close-up photos of young girl and her mom cut out as a christmas tree ornaments strung up on a pink Christmas tree

Merry Christmas!

More DIY Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorials on Alpha Mom:

1. Gumdrop Ornaments
2. Children’s Art Ornaments
3. Baby’s First Homemade Ornament!

 

 

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About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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