Vintage Snapshot Ornaments


Look – my newest Design Team project for!  If you have a pile of precious family photos that are languishing in a box or drawer, this Vintage Snapshot Ornament project is for you.  These ornaments can be used in many different ways, and are easy to make.

Consider hanging them on a Christmas tree, a found wooden branch, or around the necks of vintage glass bottles.  They’d make unique tags, and could even be hung from the “branches” of a family tree you paint on the wall!  This project may be particularly appealing to scrapbookers and family historians, and a set of these ornaments would make a lovely gift.


Begin by printing or copying the black and white images you’d like to use.  I printed scans of old family photos onto regular copy paper using my home printer.  Crop the images into a square shape.  My finished ornaments vary slightly in size, but are 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” on average.  Glue the cropped image onto a thin piece of chipboard or a thick piece of cardstock that you’ve trimmed to the same size as the photo, using a glue stick to adhere the two pieces.  (I used cardboard from a Panera bagel box!)

Slide black photo corners onto each corner of your image – the front should lay on top of the image, and the back should lie on top of the chipboard/cardstock piece you attached to the photo.  Affix the back piece of each photo corner to the chipboard/cardstock with glue or a glue dot to ensure they don’t shift or fall off.


Trim a piece of white cardstock to the same size as your photo.  Stamp the cardstock with a frame image from the Little Miss Mason stamp set, choosing a frame of appropriate size and shape.  Use an alphabet letter stamp to add information about the photo inside the frame, like the person’s name, date, or the occasion.  You can also write the information in, if you’d like.  Set this stamped piece aside.


To make the hanger, attach the two ends of a piece of narrow black ribbon to the back of the photo/chipboard piece, using double stick tape.  The ribbon should be centered, and should extend down at least ½” from the top edge.

Finish the ornament by attaching the stamped piece of cardstock to the beribboned photo piece.  The back of the photo piece should be attached to the back of the stamped cardstock, sandwiching the ribbon in between.


Please note: If you’re using digital copies of black and white/sepia photos and you have photo editing software like Photoshop, your images will look more uniform if you desaturate the images before printing them.  If you copy paper photos, you’ll get better results if you color copy them, though they’re black and white.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at my newest DIY project.  Do you have some precious family photos you’d like to make into snapshot ornaments? If so, please let me know if you have any questions…

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted September 23, 2011 at 6:18 am by Wendy Telford | Permalink

    These are darling, darling, darling! You know, anything with digital photography, I am hooked! These can be great gifts for my girls now that they are away from home. And I have scads of old photos! This is a great idea!

  2. Posted September 23, 2011 at 7:39 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thanks so much! I’m glad you like them. While my ornaments were made with vintage photos they could easily be made with more current photos, too. Simply convert a picture to black and white (desaturate in Photoshop) and you still have the clean, somewhat vintage look.

    I hope your girls like their ornaments. I’m glad you see the gift potential in these ornaments, too!

  3. Posted September 27, 2011 at 6:09 am by Ellen | Permalink

    I love the emotional allure of black n’ white…so precious! Thank you for sharing~ 😀

  4. Posted September 27, 2011 at 7:35 am by Melody | Permalink

    My pleasure – glad you like them! I particularly love vintage black and white photos, and had fun coming up with a new way to display them. Thank you for commenting!

  5. Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm by Michelle | Permalink

    This is such a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!
    I am stopping by to say hi because I just register for the SoCal Social!! I look forward to meeting you next weekend! Hope you have a great week!!

  6. Posted September 28, 2011 at 7:38 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you! I’m glad you like the ornaments! And thank you for stopping by and saying hello. I’m looking forward to the SoCal Social, and am looking forward to meeting you! I hope you’re having a great week as well.

  7. Posted January 3, 2012 at 9:45 am by Linda | Permalink


    I made a set of these for a dear friend as a Christmas gift & he absolutely LOVED them!!! He even commented how touched he was that I had taken the time to create such a heartfelt gift! Thanks <3

  8. Posted January 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Wonderful – hurray! I’m so glad you made these ornaments, and that they were so well received by your friend. Thank you for letting me know. 🙂