From my oldest child’s first Christmas eight years ago, I started a few traditions that I’m pleased to say I still carry on each year! One of those is creating a photo ornament for our Christmas tree! Each year I’m excited to find a new way or technique to create this photo ornament. This year I found some gorgeous copper star cookie cutters in a department store and a light bulb went off in my creative brain! Bingo! I could turn them into Christmas tree ornaments!
Now, since Pink Paislee does not have a dedicated Christmas collection this year, I hunted through some past collections to pull out supplies to suit my Christmas color scheme. My tree is very colorful with lots of aqua and pink! I found copper alphabet stickers and patterned paper from the Birthday Bash collection as well as some chipboard buttons, bows, and ribbon from my stash.
The next step is to trace and cut two stars for each ornament – one from patterned paper and one from heavy white cardstock.
Next I printed my photos that I’m going to add. I sized them quite small to fit inside the stars (1 & 1/2″ square) and also edited them all to black and white for a unified look. I adhered my photos to the patterned paper stars.
Then comes embellishing! I kept it quite simple as there isn’t much room – just an initial for each child as well as the year. Be sure to leave the edges free from embellishments so you can then adhere the stars to the cookie cutters with hot glue!
Finally, to finish off the ornaments I again used hot glue to adhere a couple more embellishments to the front of the cookie cutters. So they can hang on the tree I added a loop of ribbon to the back of each ornament and then to cover that up and to give it a bit more stability, I glued the cardstock star that we cut earlier to the back of each.
Each year is a walk down memory lane as I unpack our boxes of Christmas decorations and discover hidden treasures! I always pause to marvel at how my kids and family have grown over the past eight years! I’m so glad I started this tradition and I hope you give making your own photo tree ornaments a go this year!