Since this will be Virginia’s very first Christmas, my husband and I wanted to celebrate it by making photo ornaments of her to give to close family and friends.
If you would like to make your own Polaroid-style ornament, just follow along with my tutorial below. There’s still enough time to make a nice DIY Christmas ornament with just the right amount of a retro flair!
Here are the materials that I used. Most can be substituted with things that you already have on hand.
Exacto knife/ cutting mat
bone folder (nice but not necessary)
heavy white paper (I used Reeves BFK)
glue (I used a glue stick)
plastic sleeves to protect photo (again, nice but not necessary, I happened to have these laying around)
type writer (or just a pen if you want to have something written on your ornament)
First choose the photo that you want to use and get it printed in wallet size. We ordered ours via email from Walgreens and they were ready for pick up in about an hour.
You will then trim your photos so that they are 2″ x 2″ squares.
Next, cut out your paper to 2.5″ x 6″ using an Exacto knife and mark the “window” where your photo will be, as well as a center line at the 3″ mark with a pencil as a guide (this will help you line up your type if you are using a typewriter, though in this photo the type has already been added to the ornament). There is a 1/4″ border around the window on the top and sides and about 3/4″ border along the bottom, giving it a Polaroid-like appearance. If you are making several ornaments, as we did, it is easiest to make one and use it as a template for the rest.
Now you can feed your paper through your typewriter to make your label. It is easiest to do this before you cut the window out.
Carefully cut out the window using an Exacto blade and a ruler.
Using your bone folder to make a nice, clean, crease; fold the paper in half, width-wise.
To help protect your photo and make it look a little more Polaroid-like, insert it into a plastic sleeve, cutting off the extra plastic.
Now spread glue all over the back of your ornament, sandwiching in your now-protected photo as well as your length of ribbon.
Your done! Now we’ll just have to explain to Virginia what a Polaroid and a typewriter is when she gets older!
Happy crafting and Merry Christmas!