personalized photo ornaments {a tutorial}

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Happy day-before-Thanksgiving, friends! I have the perfect ornament tutorial to share with you all today. It’s hard to believe Christmas is upon us, and these will make a GREAT gift for the loved ones in your life (I should know…I’ve already made four of these cuties to give away)!

Materials:

Mod Podge
wood blocks (sanded, with a hole drilled through the center)
foam brush
square photos
ribbon
Rit dye (optional)

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Step 1: First, you’ll need to resize and print out the images you want to use on your blocks. The blocks that I used are 1.5″ cube, so I shrunk my photos down to 1.25″. I used four photos per block, and used three blocks per ornament for a total of 12 pictures per ornament. Don’t forget to also create a square for the date! If you’re unable to make the blocks yourself, you can easily find them online (here’s a link to some I found on Amazon). FYI-I used Photoshop Elements to resize my images, but any photo editor should work.

Step 2: If desired, use Rit dye to dye your blocks. Here’s a tutorial I did last year on dyeing clothespins-just use the same technique for dyeing your blocks. Step 3: Using scissors, cut our your images, and Mod Podge them onto the four sides of your blocks.

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Step 4: Let dry. Apply 3 coats of Mod Podge to seal, allowing your blocks to dry well in between coats. Almost done! Now we’re ready to add the ribbon. I used a length of ribbon that was 25″ long, you may need a different length depending on the size of your blocks.

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Step 5: Fold your ribbon in half, and tie a knot at the top of your ribbon. This is how your ornament will hang from your tree (or wherever your recipient decides to display it).

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Step 6: Take the loose ends of your ribbon, and string all three blocks onto it. You can tie a knot between each block (like the photo below), or skip it. I think it looks fine either way! Once done, tie a knot at the bottom of the ribbon to hold the blocks on. Lastly, take lengths of ribbon and tie to the loop end of the ribbon to decorate it!

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, see you all next week!

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27 christmas crafts and decor ideas

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‘Tis the season! As a blogger, my Christmas crafting and decorating is well underway, and I imagine that yours is, too! But whether you are in the midst of your holiday crafting, or waiting until after Thanksgiving, you’re sure to find some inspiration here today. Enjoy!

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holiday gift tags using old photos from lovely things

easy christmas wreaths from martha stewart

matchbook advent calendar from country living

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tiny gingerbread houses for your mugs from not martha

typography heart ornaments from burlap+blue

dyed pom pom wreath from tatertots and jello

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patchwork pillow from nana company

tree pillow from inspired honey bee

looped burlap wreath from burlap+blue

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quilted coasters from gwenny penny

ruffled christmas tree tutorial from the southern institute

burlap lace tree skirt by diy divas on ucreate

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yarn wrapped trees from one pearl button

vintage ornament wreath from the toasted coconut

 felt poinsettia from bhg

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felt ball garland from my sparkle

striped straw wreath from tatertots and jello

snow globe tutorial from i heart naptime

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doorknob stockings from bhg

paper bag wreath from bloesem kids

stocking tutorial from teal & lime

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diy glitter canvas art from i heart naptime

no sew ruffle christmas tree skirt from the johnstons

santa christmas countdown printable from inviting printables

Hanging Paper Advent Stocking Calendar 27 christmas crafts and decor ideas

stocking advent calendar from skip to my lou

pom pom ribbon christmas tree from cherished bliss

ric rac christmas trees from a pumpkin & a princess

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mod podged initial ornaments {a tutorial}

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner, but don’t worry, these glittery and fun initial ornaments come together quickly and easily. They would make great gifts for all the little people in your life and would also be adorable as gift toppers!

Materials:
Mod Podge
scrapbook paper
wooden or paper mache initials
glitter

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Step 1: First, you’ll need to trace your letter onto scrapbook paper and cut out. I got these letters from Michaels, but any craft store will have something similar. Don’t forget to cut a piece for the back side of your letter as well!

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Step 2: Next, use your Mod Podge to attach your paper to your letters. For the back of each letter, insert a halved piece of twine or ribbon for hanging before Mod Podging your paper down.

Once you’re done, you’ll have this…

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Add 2-3 coats of Mod Podge to seal, making sure to let your letters dry completely between coats.

Step 3: Now for the fun part! I used extra fine gold glitter for this, but whatever you have on hand will work. What worked best for me was to lay a small pile of glitter on a piece of paper, add Mod Podge to a portion of my letter, and dip the letter in the glitter. I was able to Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter in the circle part of the “O”, but couldn’t easily get in the nooks and crannies of the “E” or “A”. That’s okay, though, I don’t think anyone will notice:)

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And there you have it! I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did.

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linking to:
ladybug blessings

the jenny evolution

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