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HAPPY Holidays — DIY Photo Christmas Ornaments

Hello friends of Tatertots and Jello. I’m Melissa from No. 2 Pencil, and I am so excited to be here again, and to be contributing to Jen’s Happy Holidays series. There are so many great ideas and I’m thrilled to be a part of the fun. Today, I’m sharing a fun gift idea that everybody on your list will love, DIY Holiday Ornaments made from dollar store picture frames.

Here is what you will need to get started:


Wallet size picture frames from the dollar store

Acrylic craft paint in your choice of colors

Mod Podge – Glossy Formula

Super fine glitter in colors coordinating to paint

Hot glue gun

Hot glue

Paint brush

Small container for mixing

Twine or ribbon

Step 1: Gather your supplies. Disassemble frames and set glass, cardboard insert, and frame back aside.

Step 2: Paint frame with two coats of craft paint. Let each coat dry.

Step 3: In a small container, mix Mod Podge and a generous amount of glitter together. Brush two coats of glitter mixture over frames, letting each coat dry.

Step 4. Once frames are dry, reassemble frames with picture inside. Hot glue twine or ribbon to the back of the picture frame. I also popped the easel piece off the back of the frame so it would not be too bulky hanging on the tree. For vertical pictures, insert picture upside down and glue the hanger to the bottom of the frame. This will keep the glass from sliding out of the frame.

This year, I’m planning on incorporating yellow on our Christmas tree, so I made these green, red and yellow frames to keep. I loved how they came out so much, I made a set for my sister too. She’s going to have a pink tree this year! I just grabbed these pictures off her Facebook page and had them printed on wallet size prints to surprise her.


These DIY Christmas Ornaments make a super cute, budget friendly personalized gift. They are so colorful and glittery, and mixing the glitter into the Mod Podge assures that the glitter stays on the frame and not on your floors.
If you like this project, I’d love for you to come and say hi. Over at No. 2 Pencil, I share creative ideas for crafts, DIY projects and cooking.



Those ornaments are so cool Melissa!! 
Thanks for the tutorial. 
No. 2 Pencil blog is my new blog crush. 
Here are some of Melissa’s great ideas: 
A great Holiday treat — Reinder Donette Pops
Such a fun gift idea — Chalkboard Journals
My family would love this — Twice Baked Potatoes Two Ways
There’s always something awesome going on at Number 2 Pencil with Melissa!! 
Have a HAPPY Day!! 


  1. super duper cute!!!

  2. Such a great idea!!!

  3. Thanks for the fun idea Melissa!! I am so excited to make these with my girls. I think they would also be so cute to put on top of a Christmas package this year!!



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