Portrait Christmas Ornaments

Portrait Christmas Ornaments

"There is no right or wrong way to do this. "

Kids grow so much over the course of a year. One way to capture your child’s development from year to year is to create a portrait Christmas ornament. We have several, and I enjoy taking them out of the ornament box each year. The best part about the portrait Christmas ornaments is that they extremely cheap to make.

First, you’ll want to choose a photo and print it out on paper. If you don’t have a printer capable of doing this, head on over to Staples and use their color copy machine. I do this all the time, and even fit several portraits on one page for less than $1.

Second, cut an oval out of the center of a dessert size paper plate. You can keep it a regular circle if you wish, I just prefer the look of an oval portrait. Now place glue around the edges of the back of the circle and press the edges of the picture against the glue so that the picture shows through the front.

Next, punch a hole in the top center of the paper plate with a hole puncher. Thread a piece of yarn through the hole, and tie it in a knot so you can hang the portrait ornament on your Christmas tree.

The final step involves decorating the front of the paper plate that surrounds your picture. There is no right or wrong way to do this. You can use paint, glue and glitter, colored macaroni noodles, stickers, crayons, old buttons, or anything you find decorative. You can even glue on holly leaves and berries if you want.

Store your portrait Christmas ornament in a plastic zipper bag after the holidays so that it doesn’t become ruined if something accidentally gets spilled on it.