How to DIY Custom Family Photo Ornaments this Holiday

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What to give your mom who has everything? That’s always the question if you’re me.  She effortlessly hosts holidays and Sunday dinners. She is always available to help with her grandchildren and is the first person I call if I need a second opinion. The girls recently had a slumber party at Nana’s house and when we arrived to pick them up I snuck a few photos out of the family albums to create these custom ornaments that I boxed together and gave my mom as a hostess gift on Thanksgiving. I chose images from some of my favorite childhood vacations, a picture of my parents when they were dating, and a picture of my mom in a swimsuit circa her early twenties—something every woman in her mid-fifties should have hanging from her tree if you ask me!

We used the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine to create these ornaments and if you’re looking for a meaningful gift that’s also an easy DIY, this one is for you! The Cricut Explore Air 2 is  2X faster than previous Cricut Explore models and cuts over 100 materials — everything from cardstock, vinyl and iron-on to specialty materials like glitter paper, cork, and bonded fabric. The holiday DIY gifting possibilities are endless with this machine! Keep reading for our full photo ornament tutorial:

Here’s what you will need:



  1. Download the Cricut App and set up your Explore Air 2 machine. Once setup is complete, upload your photos.
  2. Once photos are uploaded, size images to the size of the ornaments (use the grid provided in the canvas part of the app as a guideline).
  3. You can customize your photo in this section depending on the shape and style of your ornament.
  4. Next, head to the print and cut section. If you have a wireless inkjet printer, stock the printer with Cricut Vinyl Paper and send image directly to your printer from the Cricut app.

5. Once your photo is printed on the vinyl paper, stick your printed Vinyl paper onto the grip mat (use your scraper to take out any bubbles created).

6. Next use the load button to load your printed vinyl paper into the Cricut Air 2.

7. Once the paper is loaded with the image, click the flashing Cricut button on the machine to cut out your image. (You can use your scissors or Cricut True Control Knife to make any special adjustments.)

8. Finally, peel off back of vinyl paper to stick image onto ornaments. Use scraper tool to remove any bubbles.

Photography by Katie Jameson

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  1. These are such cute ideas!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated