DIY Photo Ornaments

This year I decided that I wanted to use photos on my Christmas tree…. and lots of them. I decided to make my own using wood slices and printed photos.


  1. Wood slices (This Is my link for 3.5-4″ slices from amazon)
  2. Drill and drill bit (if not predrilled)
  3. Photos (I had 4×4’s printed)
  4. Mod podge (This is my Amazon link for the exact Mod Podge I used)
  5. Foam brush or small paint brushes (Here is my link for 4 small brushes)
  6. Scissors
  7. Ribbon

I ordered wood slices from Amazon. A bag of 20 was about $20 so the project is just over $1 per ornament. That’s an unbeatable price for personalized ornaments.

Use my link to get them on Amazon here:

Sent a batch of photos over to my local Walgreens and picked them up an hour later.

Simple project supplies. All you need right here!

Step 1-Cut the photos into a circle to fit the slice. I traced a lid onto the photo that made the perfect size to fit inside the slice.

Step 2- Brush Mod Podge directly on the wood and position the photo. Brush a coat over the front.

Step 3- After the topcoat is dry you can drill or reopen the predrilled hole.

To reopen I used the tip of scissors from the back to pierce a small hole in the front. Next I pressed the scissors through the front pressing the photo paper inward.

These were dry in minutes.

Step 4- Add a pretty ribbon and you are done!

Tip- If you have trouble pushing the ribbon through the hole use a little tape on the end and twist it. You can thread it like a shoe lace.

Not only do these make sentimental ornaments they would be great to tie on as a gift tag. A bonus gift!

Are you loving these as much as I am?

Happy holiday crafting~ Kristen

About Laurel Dane Designs, LLC

I am customizing our final house into a home one room at a time. This is our 11th and final home so every detail is curated to create our FOREVER home. I've worked on many homes of our own and client's home so there is plenty of inspirational for all home sizes and styles here. There are tutorial blogs for DIY projects to recipes- this blog is all things HOME. I hope you will join me and find inspiration here.

3 Responses

  1. kimberly abbott

    Thanks! Ordered my wood yesterday. Arrives tomorrow – now to select photos:)

    Sent from my iPhone

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