Simple DIY Acrylic Photograph Ornaments to Protect Reminiscences | Thrifty Decor Chick

How one can make simple DIY acrylic picture ornaments to your tree or decor. 

These candy acrylic ornaments have been so simple to make, they usually remind of us of a few of our favourite recollections from this yr. 

We’ll have them to look again at for years!

I LOVE including sentimental ornaments to the tree yearly. I all the time buy one for our son and that marks one thing he loves at that age. 

This yr his was churro decoration — his favourite deal with once we’re at Disney.  😂 (He is beloved them since our first journey, and now he is 16!)

For those who’ve been studying right here for a very long time,  you may bear in mind the thin picture Christmas tree I put up in our bed room practically ten years in the past: 

I’ve since added these photographs to our picture albums, and I wished to create some completely different ornaments that may maintain up over time. 

I discovered these flat, round acrylic ornaments within the vacation craft part at Pastime Foyer a couple of weeks in the past and knew I might do one thing enjoyable with them!: 
round acrylic ornaments

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I had a plan in thoughts that modified up a bit in the course of the course of, however total this was nonetheless an easy Christmas craft!

A good X-acto knife is all the time good to have for some of these initiatives! It makes every part a lot simpler. I had to make use of it to get even get the protecting coating off the acrylic: 
flat acrylic ornaments

At first I assumed they’d be that softer matte end. They’re really very clear and glossy. 

I printed off some photographs from my cellphone to the dimensions I wanted (these are 3.5 inches) and began to determine how one can adhere the paper to the ornaments. 

My first attempt was unsuccessful: 

spray adhesive on acrylic

I attempted utilizing a sprig adhesive on the photographs first, however as you’ll be able to see, you see the entire little spray marks. 

No worries! I peeled off the paper and washed these off to make use of once more. 

The reply was my good outdated trusty Mod Podge. These items is nice! It’ll look cloudy whenever you apply it: 
mod podge on acrylic

However dries good and clear. It additionally acts as a protecting coat whenever you’re carried out. 

I used just a little an excessive amount of for the primary few: 

mod podge acrylic ornaments

However they turned out tremendous!

Gently flip your decoration over — it might be lumpy like this: 

lumpy paper mod podge

You should use your fingers to therapeutic massage the bubbles out, however I discover {that a} flat edge works greatest.

I used our pan scraper from the sink: 

smoothing wavy mod podge

The paper is simply fundamental printer paper, nevertheless it held up nicely! Simply take your time. 

I attempted including the glue to the paper (as an alternative of the acrylic), nevertheless it precipitated the printer ink to unfold all around the picture. 

These items dries fairly fast. I checked on them as they have been drying and continued to clean out the again right here and there. 

Once they have been utterly dry, I used my X-acto knife to chop the surplus paper off across the decoration: 

trimming paper with xacto knife

After which added a coat of the Mod Podge to the again to guard it: 

shiny mod podge

The extra coats, the extra it’ll cowl the paper. 

I used to be going to hold these on certainly one of our Christmas timber, however had a cuter concept in thoughts!

As an alternative, I hung them with actually small nails onto the “branches” of my chalkboard evergreen timber in our massive mud room chalkboard: 
easy chalkboard trees

So cute!! It is a enjoyable little show that reveals off a few of our latest household recollections. 

It is exhausting to get an in depth up of them as a result of they mirror every part (they’d look so nice on a tree with lights!), however you’ll be able to see how clear the acrylic is: 

Nutter dog

I really like that our family and friends will be capable to verify them out once they come on this door: 

chalkboard with trees and ornaments

And now I wish to add extra, however in smaller sizes as nicely. 

These would make a enjoyable little reward for shut household and buddies — perhaps as an alternative of Christmas playing cards? I simply love that concept!

At first I used to be going make these with black and white photographs, however I am glad I went with colour as an alternative. You may do a sepia tone like I did years in the past too. 

What a enjoyable strategy to look again on the yr:

huge black to do chalkboard

I’ve 16 ornaments (I’ve extra to make) for $5 since I had the opposite gadgets in my craft provides. Even when it’s a must to purchase the glue and cutter, you may be on this for lower than $15 for all these ornaments. 

This may be an ideal craft to do with buddies or household as nicely. Even the children might get in on the gluing half…if you happen to do not thoughts the mess. 😉 

Have you ever ever made picture ornaments to your tree? I would love to listen to how you’ve got carried out it!