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.
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.
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.)
Sep 4: Let dry
Step 5: Add decorations
Other optional supplies for different designs:
- Wooden popsicle sticks
- Glue gun (for fast drying)
- Felt squares
- Christmas crafts & stickers
- Christmas ribbon
- 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.
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!))
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.