I have always loved old black and white photos. Looking back through years past into those timeless pictures, I decided to add some of that timeless beauty to a little family tree this year for Christmas. I actually used old and new photos together to create a family tree for our Christmas decor. Follow along to create your own handmade Christmas ornaments and family tree.
First, you will need some black and white pictures. I used a variety of old and new pictures. I converted them all to black and white on my computer and had them printed at the local drugstore. I think my total was around $4. I actually printed more than I needed. The “ornaments” we are going to use are a variety of shapes and I was unsure how the pictures would look in them. Better to have too many then to have to run back to the store to print more pictures.
- Assorted metal decor items from Consumer Crafts (I used the following: diamond tin tart, heart tin tart, tin plate, heart cookie cutter, oval tin tart, 3 1/4 in cream candle plate, and 3 1/4 in tin candle plate.)
- Mod Podge (gloss or matte would be acceptable)
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Red Ribbon
- 24 inch Pine Tree
- Rusted Tin Stars (for tree top)
- Rusted Star Garland
- Rusted Jingle Bells
- Jute Twine
I started with my pile of pictures and determined which photo would look best in each metal object. I trimmed my pictures to where they would fit inside and removed any ribbon that came on the metal objects.
First up is to coat the pictures with two coats of Mod Podge (matte or gloss). Allow them to dry in between coats. Note that I also used the Mod Podge to hold the picture inside of the metal object, so I used excess Mod Podge where ever the picture touches the metal. This is shown in the picture below. I allowed the Mod Podge coats to cure overnight before going onto the next step.
The ornament on the left below only has two coats of regular Mod Podge applied. The ornament on the right has the Dimensional Magic. This is what it will look like wet. Apply an even coat on all of your ornaments and allow to dry. I find that leaving it to dry overnight is preferred.
That same ornament from the picture above can be seen below completely dry. The Dimensional Magic dries completely clear but leaves behind a hard finish coat that shines. It is perfect for finishing off these ornaments.
I am thinking of going back and adding to this with more old pictures from my family. What a perfect way to remember those that made a special impact on our lives at Christmas time. Each picture tells a story and can keep the storytelling alive for the next generation. You could even add a few pictures each year and then pass these onto your grown children one day. This would also make a lovely gift for your mother, grandmother, or anyone that would cherish these memories just as you have.