Have I ever told you I’m one of those (obnoxious) crafty types – the ones who spray paint everything? I am. Well, I used to be more so. Now I have a million things on my plate so I don’t get to crafty stuff as much. This one is an easy one – and I thought I’d share it with my photo-happy friends out there who want to try. This little tree goes in the dining room and greets folks who come in the house.
To make the photo-ornaments:
1. Choose various size and shapes of frames from the dollar store. Don’t worry about the color. We’re going to spray-paint them (did that make you shiver a bit?). Choose smaller and “larger” sizes (up to 4×6). They’re cheap, which means they’re light.
2. Paint them. I spray-painted a few black and a few gold.
3. Hot glue a loop of black ribbon to the back, like so:
Insert your pictures and you’re done!
- I chose all black and white photos. I thought it suited the black and gold well. But you could do color photos and paint your frames pink and teal, red and green, or some other colorful combo.
- You can find these frames at the dollar store and in the dollar bins at Michael’s. They’re harder to find further into the season.
- The gold poinsettias are sold in bunches at Michael’s and are always on sale this time of year. Just pluck them apart, trim, and shove into the tree.
- I had some ugly gold ribbon from the dollar bin at Michaels. I trimmed it into a bunch of pieces (“bird peak” the ends) and threw it over random branches. You could tie yours into bows.
- For a little color, I added the “paintbrush Santa” ornaments a friend gave me – also looks like a fun craft project. But I can only do so much.
- Yes, that is my daughter’s Care Bear taking a nap in the background of the first picture.