Originally I was going to share a cookie recipe with y'all today but I forgot to schedule a post for Wednesday---GASP!!--or rather my Pinterest-inspired post for the day ended up being a major Pinterest fail. Teaches me for not having a backup plan for this whole 12 days of Christmas thing!
Ok anyway, today I'm sharing another ornament diy tutorial with y'all. After I had so much fun making my military keepsake ornament, I knew I wanted to try another version of it this time using one of our photos from our recent shoot.
In the interest of full disclosure, there's a lot of little parts to this tutorial but it's all a matter of taking your time. Honestly the hardest part is getting the photo inside the ornament....after that...easy peasy!!
Ok so what you will need:
- clear ornament, glass or plastic (plastic is better)
- photo of your choice
- template for a circle, such as a cup your ornaments fits into or a scrapbooking circle template
- plain white cardstock, the thinner the better
- thread or fishing line
- scrapbooking alphabet letters in the color of your choice
- pencil or skewer
1// Alright first of all you have to figure out how large to make your photo circle so it will fit in your ornament. I had circular scrapbooking templates that I used but another tutorial I found also suggested using a cup. Just make sure your ornament fits about 1/4 of the way into whichever method you decide on.
2// Once you have your template, cut out two circles from it--one from your photo and the other from the white cardstock. I used regular paper and it worked pretty fantastic I think. You can use an archiver's/photo-safe pen to write a memory or a date on the back of your photo too.
3// Now glue or tape the two circles together, again use something photo-safe. I used my Smashbook pen both for the writing and for the gluing. The original tutorial I looked at had you sandwich the thread (folded in half with the two ends pointing up) between the circles which I think might help the photo to be more stable inside the ornament but I simply poked a hole through the top of my photo circle with a needle and threaded my embroidery thread through it.
4// Either way you attach your thread, be sure to leave a pretty long tail to it and and to hold it because it is absolutely no fun to try getting it back out when you do this next step. (yes I'm saying this from experience). Now gently roll the photo into a tube....photo side outside...and slide it into the ornament. Be very careful not to scratch your photo on any sharp points of glass!
5// Right now your photo will still be kind of rolled inside your ornament but that's why you got your skewer. I used chopsticks to hold the photo flat inside of your ornament. Again, be careful not to dent the photo!
6// Once your ornament is lying flat, take your two pieces of string and thread them through the two holes in the cover of the ornament (where the wire runs through the cap and makes the hook). Slip the cap back onto the ornament and tie off your string so it fits snugly. I double knotted it to make sure it was secure
Optional// Tie ribbon into a bow through the wire part of the cap to finish off the holiday look.
7// To replicate the look of my ornament, simply stick your alphabet stickers into the word or phrase you want! I did the year because I thought it would be fun to have a photo ornament of us each year but you could add a name, a monogram! You could even give one of these as a gift too....the sky is the limit!