Making Photo Ornaments

November 10, 2004

Making Photo OrnamentsThis is a great Christmas present for people that you don't want to spend much money on or just to include with your Christmas cards. Take a family photo. Wallet size works best. Trim the perimeter of the picture with lace, sequins, rope, beads, ribbon or just construction paper. Glue the trim to the front of the picture (like a frame). Loop a small piece of ribbon on the top center of the picture and hot glue it to the back of picture. Completed, this makes a beautiful unique ornament for your tree.


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September 20, 2017

Adding a photo to a clear glass ball ornament is a good way to create very personalized holiday decorations. This is a page about making glass photo Christmas ornaments.

Photo Christmas ornament.

August 31, 2017

There are many ways to display a photo in a Christmas ornament and the snowflake is a very popular design. Finding plastic snowflake photo ornaments to use as gifts is a great way to share some holiday cheer with others.

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August 31, 2017

Christmas ornaments are often something we share with family and friends. Adding a photo to a Christmas ornament is a great way to remember someone during the holidays or even to give as a gift.


Here are some ideas about putting a photo on a Christmas ornament.

Christmas Ornaments

March 1, 2017

Recycled plastic lids from a variety of food product containers work well for making photo Christmas ornaments. This is a page about recycled plastic lid photo ornaments.

Plastic Lid Photo Ornament

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July 27, 2000

I buy clear plastic balls available at craft shops. Then I look for photographs that have meaning to the person to whom you will be giving the gift.



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October 24, 2004

Looking for Christmas photo ornaments. I have snowflakes and like them but would like others. Thanks
-pat hall


By Heather (Guest Post)
October 25, 20040 found this helpful

In earlier ThriftyFun posting, someone suggested using the lids from frozen juice concentrate containers to make picture magnets. I've used them to make picture ornaments. I cut out a picture and glue it to the middle of the lid. Then using scraps of material - iridescent or Christmas prints, and then cut out a circle the same size as the lid, with an extra tab at the top, to look like a 2-dimensional Christmas bulb.


Then I cut a circle, square, etc. in the middle of the material, that the picture can show through. I hot glue a little hoop of gold string at the top center of the lid and then hot glue the material to the lid with the tab at the center and the hoop stick out above it. It's a pretty easy project for kids to do also.

By Rachel (Guest Post)
October 27, 20040 found this helpful

We took clear glass ornaments that you get at a craft supply store and inserted pictures of our family in them. This can be done by cutting the pictures into circles big enough to be centered into the inside of the glass ball. You can wrap the pictues around a pencil and insert them and unfold them out stright. We also put curly peices of Christmas colored ribbon on the back side of the picures inside the ball. They turned out great. Be careful not to break the bulb.


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October 28, 20040 found this helpful

For years i have gotten snowflake photo ornaments but the business I got them here in town went out of business. I am interest in getting some of these or similar to them they are the kind you put your own pictures in Please let me know if you have them or know where i can get some Thanks pat


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October 28, 20040 found this helpful

I've done some searching and here are the results for Photo Ornaments:

Beautiful but very pricy

These are glass ornaments


Reasonably Priced Pressed Board Photo Ornaments

These are porcelain Photo Christmas ornaments

Personalized and Some Photo Ornaments

To Make:

Glass ornament balls with photo inside

Wooden Photo Ornaments made from old Christmas Tree,2025,DIY_13889_2274354,00.html

Fun Handmade Christmas Ornament to make with your kids

Interesting Kits to Buy (Cheap) and also give you ideas

Hope you can find something here to help.
- Susan from ThriftyFun

By Tawnda (Guest Post)
October 30, 20040 found this helpful

12 years ago, on my husband and mine's first Christmas together, we had zero dollars for a Christmas decoration budget. His mother had a box full of canning jar rings that had seen better days and we spray painted them and my husband drilled a tiny hole in the side of the ring. We cut out pictures of our family, as well as used old Christmas cards and hot glued them into the rings.


Through the years we collected the little holly leaves and berries that come in sausage and cheese gifts, etc. and hot glued those to the top of the ornament. THe hole is at the top and we bought the large decoration hooks and wrapped those through the hole to hang on the tree. You can also use ribbon.

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December 8, 20050 found this helpful

Glass Christmas Ball Ornaments with photos inside can be found for free below.

Photo Glass Ball

Painted GLass Ball

Poinsetta Glass ball

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