Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How to Make a Simple Photo Wreath Ornament

One of the drawbacks of homeschooling for a not-so-crafty person like myself is that all the cute holiday activities and crafts that go with school have to be organized, supervised, and cleaned-up by MOM. And since I'm "Mom" around here, we don't do a lot of those kinds of activities.

However, I am occasionally inspired. So, armed with a memory from my own public school childhood and a couple of crafty blog posts fresh in my mind, we made a Christmas craft this year! (This post originally published in 2009.)

Behold!

The Simple Photo Wreath Ornament!




1. Download snowflake wreath design from www.papersnowflakes.com/wreaths. Print the wreath on the bottom half of 8.5x11 green cardstock. You might have to adjust the size of the wreath.



2. Fold paper in half with wreath on surface (see upper right in 1st picture). Cut around wreath being careful to cut both halves and leave a piece of the fold at the top.  Cut out inner circle of the wreath on the top half.  (See bottom right with girl's photo inserted).  Punch 2 holes in the top near the fold.



3.  Decorate your wreath! We used washable glitter glue.  It added a bit of 3 dimension, sparkle and fun.  These sort of squirt out the glitter glue when squeezed.  Let them dry for several hours.  How long will really depend on how thick your glitter glue is.  We let ours dry overnight just to be safe.



4.  Once they are dry, glue a photo on the inside so that your smiling face is looking out of the wreath.  Let the glue dry.


5.  Cut several inches of ribbon.  Insert the ribbon through the holes and tie a knot.  Now your ornament is ready to hang!

We inserted extra copies of our Compassion children into the wreaths and sent them to Uganda as gifts. I like to think our ornaments make 3 Ugandan moms smile.



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2 comments:

Stephanie Shepherd said...

That is a great idea to put a picture of your Compassion child on the tree - I'm going to do that. (Of course, it won't go on the tree until next year because this year we are ornament less b/c of the boy! : )

Stephanie said...

Thanks! Compassion sends us all those little pictures of the kids and I hate just putting them in a binder. Having them on the tree is a fun way to remember them.

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