Holiday Crafts: Photo Ornaments

By Maureen A. Taylor

Are you feeling crafty? It’s time for some photo-related holiday crafts.

Margaret Cole used copies of her family photos as Christmas ornaments:

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Here’s how she did it:

Each photo is 3×4 inches. She printed each image on matte photo paper and to make it sturdy, used photo-safe glue to mount it onto heavy art paper from a 9×12 inch pad cut into 3×4 inch pieces.


There’s more! On the back of each ornament is family tree information—birth, death and marriage data.

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Margaret printed the information from her family tree using the “publish” format. She used either the “Person Report-Individual Report” or “Relationship Report-Family Group Sheet.” She adjusted the print size to 3×4 inch format and glued it on.

She added a narrow ribbon to frame each photo and make a loop for hanging.

Thank you Margaret!

If you want to see more photo crafts check out my past columns, Photo Crafts From Our Readers and Photo Craft Directions, as well as Family Tree Magazine‘s Family History Crafts and Gifts Pinterest board.

You can also order some pretty neat photo-related gifts at Ancestry Games and sites like

I’d love to hear about your photo crafts. You can email me and tell me all about it.

Solve your family photo mysteries with these books by Maureen A. Taylor:

  • Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries
  • Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900
  • Preserving Your Family Photographs
  • Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840-1900
  • Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album