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DIY Christmas Photo Ornament

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DIY Christmas Photo Ornament

Once every two months or so, my mom reminds me to print a few new photos of the kids so she can refresh the photo display on her station at work. She does not let me forget!

Because I’m always so busy, her regular reminders are my trigger to hop on my account, upload some new photos of Evan and Kara, and send them to my local store to be printed. It takes me less than five minutes to complete this process and I’ve always been a huge fan of the print quality at Walgreens.

After picking up some particularly adorable wallet prints at the Walgreens Photo Center today, I decided to get a little crafty and make some easy DIY Christmas photo ornaments.

It’s a really simple project, and the wallet-size photo prints from Walgreen’s are perfect for photo crafts!

As much as I love taking and sharing digital images of my family, there is really something lovely about picking up an envelope of beautiful, glossy images.

Turning one of those pretty prints into a keepsake photo ornament? Well, that’s even better! Keep reading for all the details on making this beautiful and simple photo ornament.

If you’re looking for a fun and easy DIY ornament craft this is the one for you. Check out the instructions below and have a happy holiday!

DIY Christmas Photo Ornament

DIY Christmas Photo Ornament How-to


  • Wallet-size photo print from Walgreens. Purchased by sheet of (4) 3”x2” prints.
  • Clear plastic fillable ornament ball
  • Iridescent glitter
  • Scissors
  • Wire ribbon
  • Ornament hook


1. Remove cap from clear ornament ball and fill with about 2 tablespoons of glitter.

2. Cut out one of the wallet prints from the sheet. Hold it up to your ball to determine if you need to cut a small amount off the top or bottom to make it fit. You should be able to easily eyeball this.

3. Roll your print, photo side out, and slide it into the ball. Use your finger or a pair of tweezers to position the print. It should pop into position pretty easily.

4. Replace cap and add a ribbon and hook to the top of the ornament!

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    15 Comments on “DIY Christmas Photo Ornament”

  1. your diy photo ornaments seems to be the easiest I’ve found so far to try and make,I tried one diy photo ornaments project had a time getting all things needed to make it especially the floor polish clear floor polish after going from one end of the town to the other and back I found it for like$7bottle then the video called for way too much floor polish, anyway was going to ask you do you think it would look right if added fake snow along with the glitter you mentioned adding

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  5. How did you get the photo to flatten out? Mine is still rolled up inside the bulb.

  6. Hello!

    My just passed away 2 days ago and I wanted to do this project for our family and friends with his picture since he can’t be here for the holidays, well, at least we could still SEE him for the holidays!! So, I was just wondering if anybody knows if the glitter sticks to the picture or not? I would HATE for that to happen! Also, has anybody tried using a bigger bulb? And what were the results if you did….

    Thank you!

  7. Those are either a 1 1/2 × 1 1/2 or 2×2 they sell them at the local dollar trees 2 for a $1. They are awesome to put small candy’s and personalized w name and a few stickers. I find the kids like skittles m&ms jolly ranchers anything that makes noise. Good luck w ur projects ladies.

  8. What size ornaments did you use? Trying to buy online for a classroom set of 30

  9. I really love this idea! Just wanted to comment that I would substitute something for the glitter, like a small piece of fabric “snow”. Just feel like the glitter would stick to the photo when it is handled.

    • I used fake snow, and it does not stick to the picture, but it sticks to the sides of the bulbs, leaving rainbow shadows everywhere…

  10. This is beautiful! I’m heading to Michael’s this weekend to get supplies. Love it!

  11. Where did you get the ornament?

    • Hi Mandi, I had it so I can’t remember but they should have them at any craft supply store at this time of year!

      • Good news! I found them at Walmart! They were only $4 for a package of 4. I live in a small town and we don’t have a craft store, so I was excited I didn’t have to order them off the internet. I’m making them today. Thank you for the idea!

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