November 29, 2012

Guest Post - Photo Ornaments by Jamie

It's been awhile since we've had a guest post so why not start things back up with something AMAZING!  Jamie from The Crafting Chicks gives us a sneak peak at her annual post featuring photo ornaments.  Have we mentioned that we LOVE The Crafting Chicks.  Not only are the genuinely nice people they are some seriously talented crafters.


Time for my annual homemade photo ornaments! I have loved this tradition. I love looking back on past year ornaments-such a great keepsake. This year, while shopping at Poppy Seed Projects, I found their mini wooden plaques...and thought how perfect they would be for the 2012 ornaments on my tree! I love Poppy Seed Projects and all of their creative ideas/crafts you can use with photos. I could think of many ways to use these mini photo plaques...they are adorable. It's been awhile since we have had a guest post. . .but lucky for you that means I have TWO for this week! Let's start things off with these amazing ideas from Jamie over at The Crafting Chicks (have we mentioned we LOVE The Crafting Chicks?) I ordered 4x6 photos in black and white of each of my children and our family. I also made a little digital design for the back sharing our highlights of 2012 and milestones of each kid. I spray painted each plaque with Kyrlon 's Silver Foil Metallic. I Love this paint...remember the pumpkins I transformed. After letting the squares dry, I drilled a hole at the top-to string ribbon through.

I then cut each photo down to the right size (3.25 inch) for the front and about (3.75 inch) for the back) While holding the photo in place on the square, I used a pen to draw a mark so I would know where to punch holes on the photos. I then used my trusty mod podge to glue on the photos, back & front, and to give a nice sealed finish on top. I added 1/2 inch festive ribbon and red painted chipboard letters for monograms to add some color. I love how they turned out with the silver and bright berry red! Every year I love seeing the photos on my makes me happy. My kids love hanging their "special ornaments" each year.


Check out past Photo Ornaments on the Crafting Chicks: Homemade Block Photo Ornaments Sassy Juice Can Lid Ornaments Bangle Bracelet Photo Ornaments Valentine Photo Ornaments


  1. These are so fun. I love the color choice of red against the black and white photos.

  2. Are the mini plaques available on the Poppy Seed Projects website? Or are they only in-store?

  3. Love it!! What a great idea. In the past, my girls have made the circle ones they cut out, but these are so much more prettier!! Thanks for the great idea!!

  4. Kelly they are available online at the following link:

  5. I love these. They look super cute and super easy.