When it comes to our home and Christmas decorations, well, you will never see my humble abode gracing the pages of Better Homes and Gardens. Our Christmas tree is far from Martha Stewart perfect. And ya know what? I am so totally fine with these facts! Why? Because while none of our ornaments may match, they each have personal meaning to us. Be it the totem pole from our honeymoon in Alaska, or the Three Stooges whom my hubby likes, there is a little “something” behind everything on our tree. And to me, memories mean more then perfectly matched balls of color.
Since homesteading has become a way of life for us, we decided that some of our critters needed to grace our tree too! I came up with this super simple ornament idea the oldest country kid could help me make. Now you don’t have to use farm animals of course, this will work with any photos you have! Be creative! Photos of family, friends or even just things you find catch your eye can be used in this project to create one of a kind ornaments or make them as gifts!
We started out with just some plain wooden circles we picked up at a craft store. They come in a variety of sizes, so you can pick what suits you best. I had the oldest country kid give each circle a coat of white acrylic paint on the front and back to give them a more finished look.
Next we cut lengths of festive holiday ribbon we picked up at the dollar store. We attached these to the back in a loop with craft glue. Since we added the ribbon to hand them, there was no need to drill a hole in order to attach a hook. I think the ease of the ribbon and the festive design add a little something to the ornaments.
Once we had all the ornaments prepped, it was time to decide what to put on them. We combed through our photos and came up with some really cute shots, like our pig Oreo. Now here comes the part where you just have to “wing it.” Once you pick your photos, just place them in a word document. You will have to play around a little with size depending on the size of your wood blank circles. I found the easiest way to get what I wanted was to print off the photo and then lay the blank on top of the section I wanted and just draw around the circle. Once you see ow it looks, you can either make the image smaller or bigger depending on your needs.
I let the oldest country kid cut out the circle, so of course they weren’t all perfect, but I think that just adds more charm to each one. And from a distance, you can’t even tell they aren’t “perfect.” I went with sepia tones to give our ornaments a more vintage feel, but you can play around with color or black and white.
To attach the photos to the wooden circles, we whipped up a homemade version of Mod Podge. Simply take white glue and water it down a bit. We coated the circles, than placed the photos down. When they were dry, we used our homemade Mod Podge to go over the tops of the photos to seal them well. Use gentle brush strokes and don’t over saturate your photo. Remember, it is just printed on paper and you don’t want to tear it.
I don’t know what you think, but I love the way they turned out! Now we have even more special memories for our Christmas tree. And I got to spend quality time with the oldest country kid making them! I call that a win win situation!