Personalized Spool Ornaments

To celebrate my grandson's first Thanksgiving and first Christmas and to commemorate family who can't be here this year due to COVID, I created some cute but simple tree ornaments using just photos and empty thread spools for an old fashioned look!



  • favorite photos
  • empty thread spools
  • glue
  • ribbon
  • rubber band


  1. On your computer print out a favorite photo under the smallest size available (mine prints a page called contact sheet of 36 pics). I discovered that my program would add the name of the file too and so I left that on some of the photos, making them Personalized "FIRST THANKSGIVING AND FIRST CHRISTMAS" ornaments!
  2. Cut out a strip of photos horizontally to fit around whatever sized spool you have.
  3. Cut a piece of ribbon, fold it in half and thread it through the hole in the bottom of the spool. Tie a knot at the bottom to keep it from sliding through the spool.
  4. Place glue on the spool and wrap the photo around it. I used a rubber band to hold the photo on to the spool and let it dry.

  5. It's ready to hang on your tree or as a gift tag! Nice to have photos of loved ones who might not have been able to attend your holiday celebrations this year. Still close to our hearts!
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