These DIY Photo Transfer Christmas Ornaments are truly one-of-a-kind treasures! And so fun to make!
Christmas is coming and that makes me start ramping up my crafting/DIY/baking! Not sure what it is about the holidays that kicks me into craft mode but I’m not complaining about it. I thought I’d share a fun Christmas craft project with you today in case you are the same way! I love a good craft that is fun, easy AND helps to preserve some holiday memories from over the years and put them on display. Yes please!
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Photo Transfer Christmas Ornaments
Christmas is so much about spending time with family and making memories. Well, that and eating so much sugar and refined flour it should be illegal. It’s also a time where lots of photos are taken but sometimes those photos don’t get out and get displayed year after year. I have been thinking that I would like to make some kind of a Christmas Memories banner or something for a while but then I got the idea to make some ornaments instead! The kids always help with the tree and it’s amazing how so many of the Christmas ornaments have a special memory attached to them. Why not make some with some Christmas photos? I have also been dying to try out this photo transfer technique that I heard about a couple of years ago and this was the perfect project! It’s so much cooler than just mod podging a photo on (although I do love me some mod podge, no doubt on that). The image is actually TRANSFERRED onto the wood. I love the look!
If you would like to make some Photo Memories Christmas Ornaments too, this is what you’ll need:
- Wooden craft ornaments like THESE
- Matte Gel Medium
- White craft paint
- Christmas images you’ve had printed on a LASER printer (ink jet will not work. Kinko’s self serve printers are laser. Just put all your images onto a paper sized image in your photo editing software, put on a memory stick, and take stick to Kinko’s… the self serve machines are easy! They are 59 cents each to print). If you have wording or care about having the image a certain way, make sure you IMAGE FLIP the photos first.
- Foam brushes
- Glitter craft paint (optional)
- Sandpaper (optional)
STEP TWO: Cut photos to size. Apply a coat of the GEL MEDIUM to the image side of photo.
STEP FOUR: Use a squirt bottle to mist water over the back of the paper. Then use finger to gently rub the paper away. You can also remove any paper that is hanging off the edge as well. Best technique is to rub paper off entire surface and allow to dry. Repeat this until you no longer see any paper remnants. It took about 4 times to get all of the paper off for me. Luckily it only takes a few minutes for it to dry. And don’t worry if you rub a little of the image off… it just adds to the charm! 🙂
STEP FIVE: Sand around edges again, if you want. Apply glitter paint to anywhere you’d like! I put it where there was snow, or there was a Christmas tree in the background, or on the plate of sprinkle cookies my son is holding in one (hard to see in these photos though). Get creative! Add twine to hang and you’re done!
I love this technique because it makes the image PART of your ornament rather than just attached to it. You can see the wood grain texture through the image and it looks so cool! I also am glad I tried it with both black and white and color images. Black and white is more “vintage” looking but I love the look of the color as well!
Thanks for reading and hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season!
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