For his first Christmas, I made a "snow globe" style ornament using a clear plastic ball ornament. Then last year I made a salt dough hand print with a photo glued on the back.
She Knows, so I went to Hobby Lobby to look for cookie cutters or pom-poms. (Hobby Lobby shout-out! It recently opened near us and that place is amazing!)
Well, they were out of cookie cutters, and though I found some cute pom-poms, I wasn't really sold. I took one last sweep through the Christmas aisles looking for inspiration when I came across these gift tags.
I just knew they had potential, so bought them and came home to find the perfect photo. My mom made a craft foam hand print wreath with the kiddo a few weeks ago, and one of the pictures she had taken was perfect! I used PicMonkey to crop the photo down to a square, and then I added in Kiddo's name and the year. Then I opened the picture in a Word document, shrunk it down to 2.5 inches (the diameter of the gift tags), and filled the page. Once I printed it out, I used a tag to trace a circle around each photo.
Once they were glued, I took my scissors and cut off any over-hang. To protect the photos from being damaged, and to make them more durable, I decided to pull out my personal laminating machine that I've had since my Elementary Education days in college. After a quick run through the machine, I cut them out. Then I used a small hole punch to put new holes in the laminated ornaments.
Once they were all punched, I replaced the ribbon and they were ready to hang. Here is the final product. So cute, right?
And since I had all other materials already on-hand, all I had to pay was the $2.00 for the gift tags, plus tax. This was the easiest ornament project yet, and it came to only $0.18 per ornament! Not bad at all!
So, there you have it - this year's photo ornament. Do you make any special keepsake ornaments year after year?