Holidays are the best time for crafting. I love the excuse to come up with cute decorations to make our house festive. I have been trying to find ways to commemorate our travels, and decided to come up with some travel ornaments for our Christmas Tree. That way every year when we set up the tree it is a walk down memory lane. A few years ago I made an ornament with sand from Maui, so this time I decided to make a word photo ornament to remember Rome.
Starting out I gathered my supplies. In this case I used:
- Mod Podge
- Craft paints
- Word letters
- Paint brushes
- Glue gun
Step one, paint the wooden letters any desired color. You only have toy focus on coating the back and edges, being that you will be gluing the photo to the front of the letters. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Next, trace the letters face side down onto the photo you wan to use.
Remember that everything is backwards so you will want to have the letters in the correct order to have the image correct when finished.
Carefully cut out each letter.
Match the letter with the wooden version
Paint in some mod podge to each letter and adhere the photo.
Allow to sit and dry so that the photo does not slide off the wooden letter.
Thoroughly coat each letter with coat of mod podge on the front and back to fully seal on the photo to the letter. Also to dry completely.
One dry, it is time to glue the letters together. For this step, I flipped the letters upside down and arranged as desired.
Next I took the glue gun and applied a dollop of hot glue to the seams of each letter to adhere them together.
In order to hang the ornament on the tree I dug around my ribbon supply and found a brown ribbon to use. I tied a bow in the middle of the ribbon.
I then glued each end of the ribbon to the back of the word ornament.
Allow to dry and hang on the Christmas tree. Now each year when we add this ornament to the tree we will remember our time in Rome. I will be working on more travel ornaments and hope to share them soon. Have you made any DIY ornaments lately?