Today I'm sharing a fun and easy craft project that turns any photo into a cute Christmas tree ornament.
I started by creating 8.5"x11" sheets in Photoshop Elements. I put nine photos on each page and converted them all into black and white (grayscale). Yours can be larger or smaller as you desire. I printed each of these photos onto white card stock paper.
Next, I used a paper trimmer to cut each photo out, leaving a wider border arose the top than the sides and bottom. As I was working, it was so fun to reminisce about the old photos, and to think about the people in the photos. I really enjoyed this project for that reason.
On the back of each photo I recorded the names and dates. I don't know how long I'll be keeping those ornaments, but this info recorded on the back will help me in the future in case I keep them around a while.
Next, I used a tiny hole punch to put two holes in the top border of each photo. This is my oldest sister in this photo. Isn't she pretty?
I used 26 gauge bright silver craft wire to make a loop, with the tails in the front of the photo.
Onto the tails, I strung a random assortment of craft beads. This project was great for using up my large stash of beads.
I made two strings of beads for each photo. They all ended up different form each other, but because I drew from the same assortment of random beads, they ended up blending together pretty well in the end.
Here's another style: plastic holly leaf with three red beads to represent berries.
Another style using large pendant beads. This my younger sister and her great husband and son. :-)
And another style, where I beaded the wire between the two holes too.
I wound up with about 50 different ornaments representing members of my family and my husband's family, back in time and forward to present day.
I used beads because I have instituted a "no buying craft supplies" rule, and am trying to use up the many supplies I already have. But If you don't have beads, you could easily use ribbon instead... wouldn't they be cute with a little bow on the front of each one? Or yarn. Or twine. Or pipe cleaners. Or whatever you've got!
I've put a call out to my family members for digital photos of some older generations of our family, and hope to add those to the collection before the season is over. I used these photos to decorate a "Family Tree" Christmas tree, and will share that project soon.
I hope you enjoyed this easy and fun craft project. Are you making Christmas decorations out of photos this year? I'd love to hear about it! Please leave a message in the comments to share your craft projects with me!
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