11.23.2010

2010 Christmas Preparations: Part 1

Okay, okay . . . I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but these days I've got to start planning way ahead of time if I'm gonna get anything done! I was utterly sick and tired of our tree decorations last year. ( . . . surprise, surprise) So this year I am bound and determined to change a few things! Here's one project complete!

I started with plain glass ornaments . . .



. . . and put a few old Christmas photos in them.



Note: I did need to cut the pictures to size. I used tweezers and a pair of scissors to move the picture around or flatten it out how I wanted it. It took a couple practice times . . . so be sure you make copies of your pictures, as they do tend to bend or possibly tear if you have to pull it back out. Twisting it out is the easiest way to get it back out.


Well . . . there's a few decorations.
Eeesh. I have a ways to go . . .
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33 comments:

  1. Fun! I just saw someone do something similar on another blog but they had really small pictures and a few in each bulb. I like your single picture better!

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  2. Looks great! I use to use the glass balls and swirls colors of paint in them to make interesting ornaments, but I like yours better! Gotta love a family picture!

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  3. These are great! How small do you cut the pictures?

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  4. Brooke, you may just have to fiddle with them. Once you put a picture in, you'll get a better idea of how much you have to trim off. It was trial and error for me . . .
    Hope that helps a bit!

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  5. thanks for the inspiration! i've had my ornament project in the storage unit for 3 years. :( i saw this idea done by printing photos onto overhead sheets and then cut out - that way twinkle lights can shine through them. this may be easier, though. thanks, again!

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  6. Holly...did you use actual photo paper?... I guess I cant quite visualize the picture not curling up inside the bulb?... how do you get them to stay flat looking like that?... Thanks ! Trish...another "Thrifter"

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  7. I was thinking about putting some tinsel behind the pictures as well, so that if they are hung as ornaments and turn around on their branch, there will still be something visually appealing to see.

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  8. Hi, Trish! I did use photo paper . . . just a regular old picture! I had to cut them down to the perfect size. Once I got it in, I use tweezers and anything long to maneuver it around to where I wanted it. Hope this helps!

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  9. This is so cute & fun, Trish! I already have some glass ornaments that I added fallish things to, so now I just need to make some photo copies. Of course, now I'm a new follower so I can be further inspired. Come visit my blog if you have the chance.
    :) CAS

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  11. I was thinking of doing this and using wallets and doing either one picture and stuffing the ornament with tissue paper or using two pictures... how easy did you find it to get the pictures in there and still have room?

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  12. Hey Holly - I want to make some of these for X-mas this year using a pic of my father in law that passed away to give to all the family members - how do you get the picture to stay put and not curl again? Did you cut the pic in a shape of a circle or leave as a rectangle? Any other hints/suggestions would be helpful as well! Thank you.

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    1. I found that it's really trial and error... I had to keep cutting down until I got it just right. Once you do get it right, maybe trace it to use as a pattern for the rest?? I hope this helps! I know it can be frustrating, but they do make grand presents! :) Good luck!

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    2. If it were my project; I would lay the decoration on a piece of paper and trace the outside circle of the decoration. I would then cut the picture a fraction smaller in a circular shape. I like the idea of using clear for the picture instead of paper.

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  13. So these are not glued in the inside?

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    1. No glue. If they are cut to the right size, they should fit snug!

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  14. Any suggestions how to transfer photos to glass?
    dixiewoods1121@yahoo.com Anita

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  15. I print pictures onto vellum..it's thicker and doesn't tear easily and looks like a hologram and can see photo on both sides. memory ornaments or deceased relatives..names and dates

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    1. I am going to try this with pictures of my kids' school for use at a local fundraiser, and to give to the seniors as gifts. The vellum looks really nice and vintage in other projects I have seen. Thanks for posting directions!

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    2. I have also done this with the overhead projector sheets (which might even be what Vellum is???) Printed them from computer onto the sheets and then cut to size.

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  16. I try to make new ones like these every year with the kids picture so I have one of them from every year as they are growing up. I glued 2 pictures together back to back so U have one on both sides. I also wrote the year and names on the outside with a marker........... red and green colors (if you would like)

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  17. I have made these the last few years. I put pictures of my kids or special events (my brother's wedding) & give them as gifts to grandparents, etc. they are also cute if you add some ribbon and sprinkle some fake snow in them.

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  18. Hi - I love this idea! Do you know where I can buy these fillable christmas ornaments? I can't find them for sale anywhere :(

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    1. Pat Catans has them, so does Michaels.

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  19. Hi,

    I also add a small amount of the snow flakes that you can buy and add it to the bottom of the bulb. We have a tree in our house at Christmas that all of the bulbs are made from old pictures...I call it the "Family Tree" I have pictures of mine and my husbands grandparents and parents as children, their wedding pictures, special occasion pictures. We have pictures of siblings and of course our children...it is my favorite.

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  20. Love your idea....thanks for sharing. Will make these next year to give my daughter with her wedding photo inside.

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  21. I love your hooks that you used to display the cute ornaments . Where did you find them please ?

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  22. LOVE! found you on Pinterest! Love this simple ornament! Great gift idea :O) Now following and would love for you to come and visit/follow me at Blessings Beyond the Barnyard http://keosmith7.blogspot.com/..I too am a THRIFTER at heart

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  23. So I take it you can use vellum on a standard printer and print photo onto it or does it have to be a photo printer? Thanks
    Charlene

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  24. I made these several years ago but I printed photos on transparency paper so it gave the ornaments more of a hologram-type look. I started out making them for friends & family but they loved them so much that for several Christmas' I'd get requests to make them for all their friends & families. :-)

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  25. помогите мне пожалуйста!
    я попробовала засунуть фотографию а шар, но после того как я туда ее поместила, она не разворачивается, а остается в исходном положении((
    что мне делать?

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