Easy Photo Christmas Ornaments Made by Children

December 19, 2011

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It’s time for new ornaments!

My parents, bless their hearts, are still decorating their Christmas tree with faded construction paper ornaments I made in the 3rd grade. I understand these are sentimental decorations; however, they were never cute or creative. They were purple dittos run-off by my teachers on construction paper and I simply cut and pasted them together. I’ve decided it is time to retire these 30 year-old ornaments and replace them with ornaments that are actually kid made, original and cute!

I knew I had found just the ornaments, when I saw the Picture Perfect Ornaments featured in Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine. This FREE magazine features easy DIY projects for the home and garden.

Picture Perfect Ornaments


  • wall plate
  • craft paint
  • paint brushes
  • ribbon
  • decorative buttons optional
  • Elmer’s glue

Ages: 3, 5, 8 and 9

How to: paint wall plate with craft paint

Grandson #4, age 3, did fabulous for a little guy who recently celebrated his third birthday!

Miss Enigma, age 5, quickly went for the bright pink paint. I suggested she stop before it turned into the color of swamp water. If you’re a mother or teacher, I’m sure you’re familiar with the color of swamp water! Miss Enigma loves to add more and more colors until they mix together, creating the infamous color of swamp water.

With the older boys, I shared the sample ornament featured in Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine. I pointed out how they could paint different designs using the carved shapes of the wall plate. They eagerly got busy creating their own designs.

MacGyver, age 8, grabbed a pencil to draw an intricate design he planned to paint.

Grandson # 3, age 9, took a different approach. He painted his design in layers, allowing each paint layer to dry before adding his next color.

Grandson #4, age 3 – Miss Enigma, age 5 – MacGyver, age 8 – Grandson #3, age 9

After allowing their paint to dry, the children embellished their ornaments with mini buttons, puff paint and glitter paint. Here’s a big tip for you . . . Don’t take your five-year-old with you when you’re planning to buy a couple bottles of craft paint. You’ll leave the store with many unintended items . . . mini buttons, puff paint and glitter paint. I have to admit, they do add a nice touch.

I know Grandma and Grandpa (also known as Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa) will proudly display their new ornaments for the next 3o years!

Life with Jeannine

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda December 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

Super cute! Maddie would love this.

Tiffany December 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

They turned out so cute. We may be making some for our tree at home. I will have to remember this for a fun birthday party activity for Finn once he gets older.

Jeannine December 19, 2011 at 11:27 pm

These would make a cute birthday activity for the kiddos.

Jessy at Our Side of the Mountain December 20, 2011 at 5:22 am

Those are adorable! They did a great job on them!

Natalie December 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Oh, they turned out so pretty. I have to remember this idea for the next year!

Christine December 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

How fun!

Stasia December 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

These are super cute! Thank you for the great idea. I can’t decide if I want to use it for a birthday present for Grammy from the kids or a Grandparent’s Day gift.

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