DIY Christmas Ornaments

Ever since I was younger, my older brother always had an ornament with his picture on it, no one else. The ornament is a custom “old school” ornament, made at school, with a school picture. We decided this year we’d all make our own christmas ornaments with our own school pictures.

Trangofthoughts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

It was so much fun, spending time with my family, doing something we’ve never done before. We all had such a good time, we’re now going to make this our family tradition, with a recent picture each year.

Making old school christmas ornaments are super easy, you can do something basic like I did, or do something more extravagant like my boyfriend did.

I’ll explain how to make a DIY christmas wreath ornament, then I will explain how I made a more basic ornament made from popsicle sticks.

Trangofthoughts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

Supplies needed to make the wreath:

  • Uncooked rice
  • Elmer’s glue¬†
  • Red or green food coloring
  • An old photo
  • Parchment paper
  • Christmas stickers/crafts for decor.

Step 1: Mix uncooked rice with glue (eyeball it, mix well until rice begins to clump together.)

Step 2: Add food coloring, mix well, adding more drops for your desired shade of green or red.

Step 3: On parchment paper, shape mixture into a wreath. (Gloves recommended, the dye will stain your hands.)

Trangofthoughts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

Sep 4: Let dry

Step 5: Add decorations

Trangofthoughts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

Trangofthoughts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

Other optional supplies for different designs:

  • Wooden popsicle sticks
  • Glue gun (for fast drying)
  • Felt squares
  • Christmas crafts & stickers
  • Christmas ribbon
  • Markers
  • Paper clips or ornament hooks

I made mine pretty simple, (yes, my mom thought it was okay for me to have this haircut for many years, even though many people thought I was a boy) I used popsicle sticks, felt snow flake ribbon (from Michael’s 3 years ago), & red felt.



Trangofthoughts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

Trangofthoughts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

Trangofthoughts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

Amayah used marker to color her sticks & added some stickers and ribbons to add some decor to it, We glued her felt to the back & put her picture right on top. (Glue the photo to the felt first, then glue the felt to the sticks, that way you won’t have to cut the picture, & mess up like I did, (oops!))

Trangofthoughts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

We created a fun family Christmas tradition. Next year, i’ll brainstorm some ideas before hand so I can create something a little more crafty.

I can’t wait for us to do it again next year.

Happy Holidays!



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