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DIY Christmas Tree

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I love to make these ornaments at Christmas time. They're so cute and fun to make, and they're really inexpensive.  Craft2

Here is a photo of our finished tree!  It looks so festive!  We also added easy to make paper chains for a old fashioned look.  Here is the step by step instruction guide on how to make these ornaments.

1)  Go through your photo albums and select your pics–close ups of kids and pets work best, but use whatever you like.  (it doesn't matter if they're black and white or color)  Make basic photo copies on regular copy paper.  Next, dip the photos in strong tea water.

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2)  Lay photos out flat to dry.  Next, find your backing.  We used brown lunch bags, but newspaper, or construction paper will work too.  Sew photo and backing together on your sewing machine, leaving an opening to stuff.  Sew around the shapes of the photos so each ornament is unique, trimming away access paper.  Stuff ornaments with polyfil or whatever you have lying around, and sew opening shut.  Now comes the fun part.Craft5

drying the photos….

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Sewing the ornaments!

3)  Decorate the ornaments with glitter or sequins.  We used a very fine glitter purchased from JoAnn's craft store.

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4)  Now spray the ornaments with a few coats of clear spray finish.  We liked MinWax.  Finally, take a small sized hole punch, and punch a hole at top of ornament, and insert ribbon or natural twine!!

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Ornaments drying after clear finish….

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Finished Tree!!!  Off to our next project, see you soon…….

  • lucky88
    December 16, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Judy, I just found your blog and I love the DIY project. Thanks for letting me have a peek at your lovely home.

  • KJB
    December 16, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Cute tree and adorable girls. Where did you find a gold tree? I love it.

  • Marian
    December 23, 2008 at 6:49 am

    gorgeous xmas tree and the decor is delicious!
    muah x
    Marian

  • Jasmina
    December 23, 2008 at 11:46 am

    beautiful decor and way more special then ready bought :>

  • Sara
    December 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    I read Jane’s blog, and I decided to check yours out! I love what you’ve done with your house & the Christmas tree! I’m 20, and I hope to get my own apartment soon … I’m getting more and more inspired by interior decor with each passing day 🙂

  • twigski
    December 23, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I love your home decor. Can’t wait to see how your estate sale chairs turn out!

  • clĂ©mence
    December 25, 2008 at 3:49 am

    Looks so simple to make and so impressive when it s done!I m definitely keeping that idea for next year”s Xmas tree!
    Thanks!

  • mucha
    December 30, 2008 at 7:34 am

    I am poaching this idea for next christmas for sure. Lovely tree

  • Term Papers
    January 5, 2010 at 1:53 am

    It’s great to see how some people come-up with some great ideas…I love what you’ve done with your house & the Christmas tree! I really admire your work.

  • full brim hard hats
    March 21, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I love your work. It is inspiring. I used your tips and Christmas tree ideas this year. But not for a Christmas tree, I used it on photo’s and then framed them with some great retro frames and gave them as personalised very unique presents.
    The look stunning. Thanks for the ideas.