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Hello friends! I hope you had a lovely long weekend! We spent the weekend up at our house in the pines with a nice mix of work and relaxation! It is coming together beautifully and I can’t wait to finish the decorating so I can have photos taken to show you the renovation. I absolutely love being up there because everything is brand new and exactly the style I am so into right now. I come home and want to organize and redecorate my whole house. (or maybe it’s time for a new one, again?) Ha! Anyway, back to Dream Tree decorating! In case you missed it, I participated in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge this year and went with a “Let It Snow” white and silver tree. We styled and photographed it in my home office and I just can’t bring myself to take it down. It’s so pretty and gets me in the spirit of the holidays, which are right around the corner! Friday I shared the tutorial for How to Make a Christmas Tree Garland and today I am back with another tutorial to show you how to make these easy paper photo ornaments!

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Supplies you will need (all available at Michaels):

  • printed photo (cut to 2.5″ x 3.75″, including white border if desired)
  • silver glitter cardstock (cut to 3″ x 5″)
  • white heavyweight photo paper or cardstock (cut to 3.25″ x 5.5″ for backer and .75″ x 2.5″ for flag)
  • stickos silver glitter alphabet stickers
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • small hole punch
  • double sided tape roller
  • foam dots
  • 1/8″ white satin ribbon

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Step One: Use scissors or paper cutter to trim cardstock to the sizes listed above.

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Step Two: Use double-sided tape roller to attach silver glitter paper to white backer.

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Step Three: Use foam dots to adhere photo on top of silver glitter paper.

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Step Four: Add silver glitter stickers to the small white cardstock cutout for flag.

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Step Five: Trim ends of name cardstock to create the two-point flag shape.

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Step Six: Use foam dots (double layer to add extra dimension) to adhere name flag under photo.

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Step Seven: Use small hole punch to punch two holes at top of ornament. For hanging, tie a ribbon bow and then feed ends through holes and knot on the backside.

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Cute and easy, right? 

View my full tree for the Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge here!

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Find the tutorial for the Merry Christmas Garland here!

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PHOTOS BY RENNAI HOEFER, TEN22 STUDIO

THIS IS A SPONSORED POST. THE TOMKAT STUDIO HAS RECEIVED PAYMENT, TRADE AND/OR PRODUCTS FROM MICHAELS IN EXCHANGE FOR PROMOTING, HOWEVER ALL OPINIONS STATED ARE MY OWN AND I ONLY PROMOTE PRODUCTS I LOVE.

November 12, 2013

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  1. emily says:

    Looks very easy and so cute! Can’t wait to make mine. Thanks.

  2. Tina says:

    YES, super cute and easy! Thank goodness my Michaels DID have the silver glitter letters, I think I bought all they had! They still don’t have the wood letters in for the tree banner….wish Michaels had an online store. Kim-Let me know if your Michaels has a large supply…maybe I can get you to pick me up a set 🙂

    • Kim says:

      Oh good! I will absolutely keep an eye out for the wood letters here. Rennai just texted me yesterday that it must be a popular project locally because most of the letters spelling “Merry Christmas” were sold out at our store. 🙂 But I will keep checking for you!

  3. Lucy says:

    Bought my tree bow topper….love it….can’t wait to put my tree up now!

  4. Lauren says:

    Those specific wood letters are only carried at the bigger Michael stores… I found the bigger store locations had double the selection of wood letters. I live in the Dallas area and found them at the Southlake and Greenville locations… Checked 5 other stores that did not carry them.

  5. Susan Crabtree says:

    These photo ornaments would make darling gift tags too!

  6. Lisa says:

    These ornaments are really nice! I like the silver with the black and white photos. Very pretty.

  7. Keiel says:

    Very nice decorated Christmas tree. I really like 🙂

  8. Inna says:

    Hello Kim, LOVE what you did with the tree!!! Every single detail about it. I tried looking up the tutorial on paper medallion but it redirected me to paper picture frame tutorial…. Could you tell me if you used a paper punch or paper already punched out? And where I’m able to get either one of them…
    Thanks in advance 🙂
    -Inna

    • Kim says:

      Hi Inna,
      We used a paper punch. I will be posting the tutorial for these soon, as soon as the other shoot is published for Pottery Barn Kids! I am sorry I don’t have it ready yet!

  9. Karen Kolesa says:

    These are so pretty!
    I want to make them, and was wondering if you had a different dimension to do a longer name! ((8 – 9 letters for my names!)

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