I was lucky enough to be part of an ornament exchange with friends I met while planning my December wedding in 2007. While I don’t get to chat with many of them anymore (beside through blogs), it’s still a connection we’ll always have.
I had the opportunity to give an ornament to my friend, Stephanie . I wanted to make an ornament to get the most for my money. It had to be under $10. Since I know photographs mean a lot to Stephanie, I wanted to incorporate her own photos (which I snagged from her blog and Facebook by being a little stalker-ish).
I decided to choose photos from what I identified as important parts of she and her husband’s life and make a little series of “collectors ornaments” for them.
I chose a photo from their engagement, wedding, their honeymoon, her husband’s return from deployment, and two more recent photos from their new home in Guam.
You can probably figure this out yourself, but here are the simple steps.
1. Purchase simple, circle cardboard ornaments from Michael’s
2. Add coordinating blue scrapbook papers as a base on each side with Modge Podge.
3. Add circle-shaped photos to one side of each ornament.
4. Modge-podge several layers for a glossy finish.
5. Add a ribbon around the edges to cover the remaining cardboard.
6. Add a small eye-hook from a hardware store to the top to add a hook or ribbon to hang.
I hope she enjoyed her gift, I know I enjoyed making them and loved the final result.