Family Keepsakes

Celebrate your family and generations of memories by turning a shoebox of photographs into picture-perfect holiday decorations.
Card Ornaments

What You Need:

card ornaments in bowl on chair Scanning or photocopying photos
makes it easy to create images of
uniform size.

  • Scanner, computer, and printer, or photocopy machine
  • Old Christmas cards or children's drawings
  • 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheets of off-white card stock
  • Coordinating patterned papers
  • 3-inch-wide sheet of 3/16-inch-thick balsa wood
  • Crafts knife
  • Straightedge
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill and 1/8-inch drill bit
  • 1/4-inch-wide green ribbon


1. Scan the Christmas cards and drawings. Adjust the size of each image so the longest edge is 3 inches; print the images onto off-white card stock. Or use a photocopy machine to copy the photos onto off-white card stock, reducing the cards and drawings so the longest edge is 3 inches. Cut out images.

2. From patterned paper, cut a matching shape for each image. Do the same from the balsa wood using a crafts knife and straightedge.

3. Paint the edges of the wood green. Let dry. Glue the image to one side of the corresponding wood piece; glue the patterned paper shape to the other side.

4. Drill a hole through the top center of the ornament. For the hanging loop, cut a 14-inch length of ribbon. Insert one end of the ribbon through the hole. Bring the ribbon ends together and knot 1 inch from the ends.

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