Photo Christmas ornament

Christmas ornament tutorial

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Make your own photo Christmas ornaments

by Jasmine Moore

resin supplies

Hello everyone! It’s that time of year again, so what does that mean? Photo Christmas ornament crafting! It’s my favorite thing to do, and I try to make one a project every year. This time around, I thought I would try something that can be a little bit more personal by including your favorite people or things be a part of the project. Even if they’re like my family and not very good at crafts!

clear round ornament

For this project, I’m using an ornament I got at Michael’s called a “Photo Ornament”. It’s a clear ornament that splits in half.  The middle has a clear plastic disc to put photos on. That’s where we will be placing the kitties, and then resin behind them.

cat picture

First, pick out some photos you want to use in the ornament. I didn’t have any I wanted to use, so I got some tiny photos of cats, which are one of my favorite things! After you have an idea of how you want your ornament to look, cut them out. A craft knife would be best for this, but be careful since they are super sharp. Once they are cut out, do an arranging of your pieces to see if they all fit in the ornament. Once you have your design settled, glue them in.! Make sure to use only a very little amount of glue, as it’s only being used to hold the photo in place.

ornament with glitter and resin

Once the glue is dry, it’s onto the resin.  For this project, I’ll be using EasyCast, as I find it cures the gentlest, which is good for the plastic ornament.  Plus I’ve used it before, so I know how it will react. If you have other resin lying about, give it a try! (But always remember to do a test before you cut up your nice pictures.) Because this isn’t a project where you are filling in a mold, but more of doing a coating, it’s hard to say exactly how much resin you’ll need. I did about 10mL for mine, just to cover the back. Once it’s thoroughly mixed, it’s time to add the glitter! Before you pour it on, make sure your ornament is stabilized, that way it isn’t rolling all over before, during, or after the pour. I like to put a piece of sticky tack under mine, or use an old mold to keep it steady. I mixed the glitter, then poured it on top, though there were some gaps under the kitties that weren’t entirely sealed.  Next time, I would pour the resin, then sprinkle glitter on top to avoid that from happening.

plastic ornament DIY

After pouring resin and glitter behind the kitties, I painted the other side of the ornament with black acrylic paint, though you can use any color combo you want! If your ornament has a clear backing like mine, I highly encourage you to fill the back with something, either more glitter or paint like mine, as it helps the front stand out more.

photo Christmas ornament

After both sides were done, I brought them together.  Pop that ornament on the tree, or wrap it up as a gift for a loved one! Even with the resin coating, it’s not too heavy for the tree branches, so it can be put on the family tree, or displayed on an ornament hanger. Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

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What would you include in your resin photo Christmas ornament?

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