How to Make Picture Ornaments for Christmas

by Tonya Staab
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These DIY picture ornaments are the perfect way to display your favorite family photos for Christmas and they make great gifts too.

My Christmas glitter photo ornaments have been so popular over the years that I decided to spruce them up a little and make a new version.

DIY picture ornaments for Christmas
Picture ornaments for Christmas using clear ornaments.

Note: This project was originally created for Hewlett Packard’s MyPrintly however that site has been taken offline. You can still find some of my MyPrintly projects on the HP YouTube channel.

DIY picture ornaments

These ornaments are the perfect way to display your favorite memories and photographs of your family members over the holiday season. They make great gifts for grandparents too.


  • HP ENVY Photo Printer  7855
  • HP Advanced Photo Paper 4×6
  • Clear plastic or glass ornaments
  • Glass paint, or spray paint (I’ll show you both methods)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (optional)


Print out your favorite photographs using your HP printer and HP photo paper

Printing photos for photo ornaments

Wrap painter’s tape around the ornaments ensuring you leave enough space at the top for the photo to be visible.

how to paint clear ornaments for Christmas

You can paint your ornaments using either of these methods.

  • Dab glass paint onto the ornaments, you will need to do roughly 3 coats and these can take up to 21 days to air dry but will be touch dry in a couple of hours.
  • Spray paint works just as well and you can use metallic or glitter-based paint, this isn’t as long-wearing as the glass paint. You can view the video below for the spray paint method. As you can see below the metallic spray paint leaves a shiny, more event finish, but the glass paint when layered gives a really cool frosted look.
spray paint clear ornaments with glitter
how to paint clear glass ornaments for christmas

Cut your photo into a round shape a little smaller than the shape of the ornament. Roll it with the photo on the outside and slide it through the opening of the ornament. Use a skewer, pencil, or paintbrush to flatten it once inside, and then using a little hot glue on the top backside of the photo attach it to the inside of the back of the ornament.

how to put photos into clear round ornaments
photo ornaments for christmas

More DIY Christmas ornaments

Are you looking for more ways to decorate clear ornaments for your Christmas tree? You should take a look at these:

Please pin this project for later:

picture ornaments Pinterest image

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