Thursday, December 15, 2011

Haul Out the Holly: Double Sided Polaroid Ornament Tutorial

I am super excited to be participating in Gwen's 2nd annual Haul Out the Holly event!


Last year I shared a Mug Rug Tutorial,
and this year I am going to share a simple handmade ornament.

I love pictures on a Christmas tree...it is just so sentimental and special.
Unfortunately I cannot hang any on the "Charlie Brown Trees" that we cut down each year because the picture frame ornaments are just too heavy.

I went through my craft stash with a photo ornament in mind,
and when I saw the white felt I was inspired to make a Polaroid Ornament!

During the design process I decided to make it double sided.
I chose to do it this way so that you see a picture from both sides of the tree,
and as a bonus you don't have to try to "hide" an ugly back.

Double Sided Polaroid Ornament

Supplies:
Stiff Felt Sheet
Scissors
Craft knife
Hot Glue Gun
Sewing Machine
Ribbon
Scrabble Tiles

Cut 2 pieces of felt into "Polaroid" shape.
I used scissors to cut the outside and a craft knife on a cutting mat for the inside.

Stitch along the top of each piece, as well as all the way around the inside window.
I used a med length zigzag on this one.

Make a line with your hot glue gun.
This will be the ledge that your photos will sit on.

Line up the two pieces and press together at the glue line.

Zigzag stitch down the side, across the bottom and up the other side to make a pocket.
Leave the top open! (remember we already sewed the tops)

Punch a hole in the top using a hole punch(I used a Crop-a-Dial).

Cut your picture to the right size and slide it in through the open top.
No exact science here people...I pretty much just eyeballed it;)

Cut the picture for the reverse side and slide it in as well.

Put the ribbon through the hole and tie a bow at the top.

The ribbon acts not only as the hanger,
but also as a way to close up the top of the ornament to keep the photos in.

Using a hot glue gun I attached scrabble tiles for a title.

My daughter was Mary for our church's Christmas video and with it being a Christmas ornament and all I thought this photo would be appropriate.

My son Travis was a cow in the video,
so I put this picture on the back and used more scrabble tiles to spell out COW.

I am looking forward to pulling this ornament out every year
...it already has me feeling all smooshy.

I seriously LOVE seeing this on my tree!
I also love that it doesn't weigh down my wimpy tree:)

There are SO many ways you can customize these and they can be used for:
Stocking labels, Gift Tags, Garlands, etc.

Now go make some!

Thank you Gwen for inviting me to play again:) This has been such a fun series!

If you don't know Gwen yet, you must go check out her blog...especially her Tutorials
She is such an inspiration to me and is one of my best Bloggy friends.
I pretty much adore her and know you will too!

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6 comments:

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

This is fantastic, Amy! Really sweet idea. Thanks so much for being a part of Haul Out the Holly :) Oh, and I already have your project for next year figured out... a three sided ornament so you can include a pic of baby #3 when he arrives in a couple months :)

chris said...

So cute! I love polaroids, too. This is a great ornament idea. Thanks for sharing!

April said...

That is so cute! I love the "cow"!!! it's just so cute! And that's a great pic of "Mary"!

Rebecca Heron said...

These are so cute! I love the scabble letters! They look fantastic!

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Very cute!

G Inspires said...

These are adorable! I've never had a polaroid but you can make some really cute things will them huh!? Thanks for sharing, visiting via Get Your Brag On

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