Elf Photo Ornament

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I love making photo ornaments of my boys. They are always so fun to look at each year when we hang them on the tree. We all marvel at how small they once were, and how big they are now. This project is super cute, and the kids always think it is hilarious when we add silly elements to their photos. There is a tiny bit of sewing involved in this one. If you are not a sewer, you could probably use hot glue in place of any sewing. Just make sure you make the glue lines very thin so that it doesn't seep through the felt.

Download Elf Photo Ornament Template

What you'll need

  • PDF pattern of elf pieces
  • Photo of child, sized to fit center hole
  • Felt
  • 3" strip of grosgrain ribbon
  • Thread
  • Hot glue

How to make it

  1. Cut out the pieces of felt according to the PDF provided. If you want to make yours in the same colors pictured here you will need dark green, light green, red, yellow, and one that matches your child's skin tone. You can use the slideshow above as a color guide.

  2. Trim a photo of the child's face so that it is slightly smaller than the back circle piece.

  3. Sandwich the photo and ribbon between the felt circles so that the child's face is peeking through the top hole. Pin all pieces in place.

  4. Machine or hand sew the pieces together using a matching thread. First, sew around the center hole, then sew around the outer edge.

  5. Hot glue the elf features onto the ornament.

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