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15 photo decorations for Christmas

Christmas is a time for family, and creating decorations from your favorite family photos is a wonderful way to relive holiday memories!
  • Copy your photos

    Turning your cherished family photos into Christmas decorations is a wonderful way to bring those memories back to life, and to make your home into a warm reminder of those you love. Scan your photos (or simply take photos of them), then have copies made or print copies on your home printer. This way your original photos will not be damaged, and you'll have digital copies you can share with family. Use your computer or a photo-editing app on your phone to apply filters to the photos, if you wish. Experiment with different looks like sepia tones and black and white.

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Golden memories

    Make these easy ornaments by gluing ribbon to a square of gold card stock as shown here, leaving extra to make a loop and tie a bow at the top. Mount a copy of your photo over the ribbon, then glue on frame borders and other embellishments.

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Sweet stockings

    Turn a simple, storebought Christmas stocking into a beautifully personalized treasure! Add tinsel, ribbon, and a bell to the cuff. Stitch or glue a wide piece of ribbon to the front of the stocking and attach a photo. Santa doesn't need a name on the stocking ... he'll remember the little girl in the picture!

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Garland of memories

    This garland could not be simpler to create, but it will likely bring you more joy (and more compliments!) than any other holiday decoration. Simply hang twine or ribbon across a window, mantel, doorway, or up a staircase, and use mini clothespins to hang special photos. Here, copies of the photos were mounted to card stock, and triangles were colored in the corners to look like photo mounts. Small handwritten labels were added to the bottom of the photos. If you're hosting a party, attach a photo of each guest, and they can take them home as a favor!

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Gussied up garland

    This lovely garland is made the same way, but with a few elegant add-ons. Instead of string, the photos and some sparkly snowflake embellishments are clipped onto a piece of wide ribbon, and beads are strung across the clothespins to create another layer of garland. The monochromatic wreath and decorations on the shelf let the photos really take center stage.

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Easy ornament

    To create a singular look for your photo ornaments, make sepia or black-and-white copies of your photos, then mount them all to the same color of card stock. This example keeps things simple by hanging with a thin piece of wire strung through a tiny hole.

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Chargers everyone will love

    Decoupage photos onto inexpensive chargers to create place settings that will spark all kinds of wonderful conversations at the dinner table! Mix and match with favorite holiday photos, or create a personalized charger for each family member, and let it serve as a placecard as well as a charger.

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Behind glass

    This large, cylindrical vase filled with Christmas bulbs becomes a frame for a sweet little photo. What a unique way to showcase a favorite photo on the mantel!

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Circular smiles

    Use a large round punch to cut copies of your favorite photos into perfect circles, then mount them to card stock or Mason jar lids, attach a ribbon, and hang from the tree! This is a great way to repurpose photo Christmas cards you receive as well ... turn them into ornaments for the following Christmas!

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Iron it on!

    You can purchase special transfer paper, and print or photocopy your photos onto it. Then you simply iron the transfer onto fabric, and the possibilities are endless! Create custom cases for throw pillows, tea towels, shirts, stockings, or whatever else strikes your fancy!

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Create a quilt

    Another great way to use your photos on fabric is to turn them into a quilt! Use Christmas fabric for the background to create a holiday heirloom. If you don't quilt yourself, hire it done!

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Go big!

    Make a big statement in your home this holiday season by temporarily replacing large pieces of artwork with poster-sized enlargements of your favorite holiday photos. 

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Christmas family tree

    Twigs and sprigs of berries tied together make the perfect display for old family photos, or pictures of loved ones who have passed away. This is a wonderful way to make them part of your holiday!

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Personalized gift tags

    Create photo tags to identify the recipients of the gifts under your tree this year! After the gifts have been opened, the tags can be saved and used again the following year, or they can be hung on the tree as ornaments.

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Tabletop tree

    To create this festive centerpiece, garland and ribbon were wrapped around a simple spiral wire tree form. Miniature framed photos and crystals were then hung from the tree. What a beautiful way to include your ancestors at the table!

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015
  • Memories of Christmas past

    Just for the holidays, replace the photos around your home with pictures of past Christmases. After the holiday season, place the holiday photos in the frames behind your regular pictures, and they'll be ready to switch to the front next year!

    Date Published: November 25, 2015
    Date Updated: November 25, 2015

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