DIY Travel Photo Christmas Ornaments: What to do with all your travel photos

This has been a pretty quiet Christmas for us this year and has give me some time to think…about my Christmas Tree (among other things). We have a mish mash of Christmas ornaments and only a few of them have any sentimental bearing, so I thought from now when we go on our trips we should buy ornaments for our tree from our favorite places and then each Christmas as we decorate our tree we can reminisce about those great times we had wherever they might have been.

Then I started to think what could I do NOW with the photos I have taken on all our trips and I started scouring Pinterest for photo ornament ideas, well of course there are a thousand ideas. I’ve had these glass ball ornaments in my Christmas supplies for years and have wanted to do some kind of photo project with them for a long time and decided this would be the year – enter Pinterest Fail #1. I don’t know what I was doing wrong or what I should have done but I could not get the photo to open up and be view-able once I got it in the ornament. I tried printing on photo paper and regular copy paper, I tried shoving a stick in the ornament to flatten it out, but it did not work. I think there are clear ornaments out there that you can open up and put the photo in there nicely and maybe someday I’ll try that but this year it was not working and I didn’t want to buy more ornaments and then not have it work. So back to Pinterest, I started finding ideas to decoupage a photo onto a piece of cut wood, a wood slice. YES! I loved that idea, rustic and beautiful and it looked pretty easy. So luckily we encountered a craft store this week that still had some wood slices on their shelf and I bought a few packs and some mod podge and headed out to hopefully have a crafting success.

My idea was to print a few pictures from our big 2015 Road Trip and also a few from this year and then I found some of the old photos of Liam sitting on Santa’s lap and since we haven’t been putting those in a photo album, I thought let’s turn those into an ornament too that way we’ll see them every year. 🙂

I am happy to report this craft project was a major success. So if you’ve ever wondered what to do with your travel photos or WHAT ELSE do to with your travel photos, here’s another idea.

Here are the supplies you will need to complete this project:
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Instructions:

Step 1: I attached all the eye hooks first, I used a nail to make a small starter hole in the top edge of the wood slice and then I screwed in the eye hook, that was very easy.

Step 2: Trace the actual wood slice piece onto the particular photo you are going to mod podge to that piece of wood. I used a pen and for me I didn’t worry that you would see any of the pen marks because you end up cutting in a little further than the pen mark to make it fit properly. Now cut out the photo. Another awesome thing about this project is that it has the rustic look so your circles do not have to be perfect.
Step 3: Get out your mod podge and apply a thin coat to the actual wood piece and then adhere your photo to that piece of wood. Let it dry for about 15 – 20 minutes and then apply a thin layer on the top of the photo.

Once everything is dry I wrote on the back where we were in the picture on the front of the ornament or like in the case of the photos of Liam sitting on Santa’s lap, I just wrote his name and the year.
and viola you have an awesome photo ornament to hang on your tree for years to come or even give as gifts – hint hint family, guess what’s coming your way next year. 🙂

Another idea and what I did for the Great Smoky Mountains ornament that I made was to adhere a map of the area we were in on the back. I don’t know about you, but I have a “small” brochure/map/travel flyer addiction and tend to collect a lot of brochures from everywhere we go, well that is coming in handy now. 🙂

I feel so accomplished, finally a craft success!!! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year and I can’t wait to continue sharing our adventures with you in the New Year.

Here are some more of the ornaments I made:

What do you think? Have you done any crafting this holiday season? What kind of successes have you had? What kind of Pinterest Fails have you had? Happy Crafting.

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