Saturday, December 14, 2019

How to Make 3D Photo Ornaments

3D Snowy Picture Tree Ornaments

Hello everyone and happy holidays!  Today I'm sharing how you can make your own 3D photo ornaments just like the ones pictured here:


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Adding Paint to Your Photo Ornaments
Step 1 - Paint

Remove the top of the ornament and add a bit of acrylic paint, then roll slightly to create the effect that you want.  For the snow ornaments I wanted an even snowdrift line, but for the swimming set I created uneven waves.  The look you achieve all depends on how quickly you roll the ornament and how far you turn it over, so you may want to have a few extra on hand to experiment with.

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How to Dry Your Photo Ornaments
Step 2 - Dry

I found it best to let the paint completely dry before moving on and did so by resting the ornaments within a couple of cups so that they would stay upright.  How long it takes to dry depends on the amount of paint added- I've had some dry in a day while others took a full week!

Adding Embellishments to Your 3D Photo Ornaments
Step 3 - Embellish

For the snowy ornaments I added a bit of glittery faux snow.  For the swimming set I went with a sprinkling of blue sequins.  Just add a bit of your embellishment into the ornament once the paint is dry, unless you don't want it to move around-in that case add it while the paint is still a bit wet.  I wanted my ornaments to have movement so I waited until they were fully dry.

Preparing the Photos for Your 3D Picture Ornaments
Step 4 - Photos

Select the photographs that you want to use and have them printed out small enough to fit within your ornament.  I printed mine at home and used printer paper so that they would be easy to manipulate through the small ornament opening.  The size of your printing is going to depend on the size of your ornament but for most standard bulbs I'd say go for about a square inch or smaller.

Preparing the Photos for Your 3D Picture Ornaments
Step 5 - Put Together

Once printed, trim your picture around the subject as closely as possible and tape the photo to a toothpick that you have cut in half.  Use a bit of hot glue to secure the toothpick to the top of the ornament.

Carefully fold back the photo (without creating crease marks) and slip it into the ornament until the top clicks back into place.  You'll want to go slowly and carefully so as not to bend the photo, disturb the tape or knock the hot glue out of place.

3D Summer Swimming Photo Tree Ornaments

Snowy Winter 3D Photo Tree Ornaments

And that's all there is too it, now you have personalized ornaments for your tree or to give as gifts!


I hope you enjoyed this holiday ornament post, thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thanks for posting at Funtastic Friday. These are so much fun. Pinning and sharing.

  2. What a cute idea Jennifer !!Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
    Much love

  3. What fun keepsakes for the family Christmas tree. Jennifer, thanks for posting. You make it look easy.