Sunday, December 6, 2009

Homemade Photo Ornament from Christmas Cards

I made this cool ornament from old Christmas cards. I am one of those people that can't throw away a card because someone sent it to me. But I have not problem repurposing it! I will show you how to make one and if you add a photo of your child or family it makes it even cuter! : )

Here is what you will need:
Christmas cards
Big chunky beads
Paper cuter
Double sided tape
Wallet size photo (I printed mine on paper)
Twine or Ribbon
an Exacto Knife (not pictured... I tried my hole punch but it would not reach)

1.) Cut your cards in to 3X3 inch squares and group them by color. You need 6 squares for each ornament.
2.) On the back side of each square find mark the midpoint on each side (at 1.5 inches)
3.) Score a diagonal line connecting your midpoints. Do this on each square.
4.) Fold on your score lines. You should have 6 squares that look like this:
5.) Choose two squares to be your top and bottom. Find the middle (I drew lines across from each corner to find mine) and use your Exacto Knife to cut a whole in the center.
6.) Use your double sided tape to connect your 2 of the corners of 2 of your squares
This is what the back should look like
and this is what the front should look like:

7.) Continue connecting until you have 4 of your squares together that make a "tube".
8.) Choose the bottom and sting your twine or ribbon through the hole and attach onto the bottom of your "tube"

9.) Pull your twine up through your tube and through your top piece. Connect your top piece to the rest of the ornament.

10.) Tie a loop on the top.

11.) And tie a bead onto the bottom.
12.) cut out your photos (about 2X2 inch square) and attach it to one of the sides.


Dana and Daisy said...

that is so cute!

arkie said...

That makes a great keepsake ornament! Cute idea!

EllensCreativePassage said...

Great idea! Those make a great family project too!

Kate Riley said...

Unbelieveably cute and oh so original ! I would never have thought of this.... I'm so bookmarking.

Come on over and link up to my Ornament Party today - everyone must see this !

Ms. Kate

Julie said...

I'm quite impressed you figured out how to fold the ornament. It looks great and I've always loved pictures on ornaments! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Janice aka mom, grandma, said...



Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

What a creative idea!

Delightful Dwelling said...

They look great! I saw something like this on Martha Stewart website and have been wanting to copy, thanks for the ideas.

Becca said...

What a great way to recycle! Looks great! Thanks for linking!

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

So cute!

Andy Porter said...

I think what my kids like most about Christmas(aside from presents) is finding an ornament that has some sentimental value to them. Great idea!

The House Creative said...

Love this idea! Very creative!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Great project-my kids love the ornaments they made or ones with their pictures on them. you could make it so you added a new picture every year.
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Katie said...

I love it and adding your family picture is a great idea. I'm like you and have a hard time throwing anything away that might have a lovely second life. BTW an anywhere punch, like the kind for setting eyelets might work too, instead of an exacto knife. Mine came with three different hole sizes. I think I'll try using that when I make some.

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