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Picture-Frame Ornaments

Ornaments with photos of your friends and family are a great way to decorate your Christmas tree.




Dresden embellishments available from D. Blumchen & Company.



  1. Step 1

    Download and print ornament templates.

  2. Step 2

    Trace template shapes onto heavy-duty card stock.

  3. Step 3

    Cut out two identical shapes.

  4. Step 4

    Punch both ornament shapes at top.

  5. Step 5

    Apply diluted white glue solution (2 parts glue to 1 part water) to surfaces of both shapes.

  6. Step 6

    Apply glitter to glue.

  7. Step 7

    Set aside to dry; cover with a sheet of wax paper and weigh down with a heavy book to keep from curling.

  8. Step 8

    Using a utility knife, cut an X into the center of the ornament.

  9. Step 9

    Use a pencil to curl back points, creating a square opening.

  10. Step 10

    Glue photo to unglittered side of flat shape.

  11. Step 11

    Glue both halves together, sandwiching photo.

  12. Step 12

    Thread ribbon through hole and glue on Dresden embellishment.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2006



Reviews (9)

  • hausmouse 16 Nov, 2011

    Hi bluejay017, Dresdens are die cut metallic paper embellishments with embossed designs. You can glue them to most anything, like these adorable little picture frame ornaments. The best ones are those from the original, centuries-old German dies. You can find them here:
    Vintage Ornaments carries all sorts of vintage and vintage styled supplies for holiday crafting--you are sure to be inspired!

  • bluejay017 21 Dec, 2010

    What are Dresden embellishments? Seems important to the project, but didn't see it in video and don't see explanation online anywhere!?

  • lucybug85 12 Dec, 2008

    When I did a search on the website for 'christmas ornament template' it brought up this article and several others, this one was first on the list and to the right it had an option to click on the 'article' or 'video' try the article... it has clickable links [template 1, template 2, etc....] to the templates you can download/print (or in my case... trace....) since I have no printer *sniff* Hope this helps everyone who is looking for the templates!

  • shmontville 8 Dec, 2008

    I made the ornament shown on the video, I think that was template 5, and I love it!
    But where are the instructions for the other 4 templates?

  • prkelley45 6 Dec, 2008

    These are cute, and I really wanted to try them, but my computer would not download the templates. None of them came up when clicked on. Any one have any ideas of how to get them?

  • KTDidd 6 Dec, 2008

    I can download, but not print the templates. I've downloaded the updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, and still nothing. It simply locks up my computer. Guess I'll have to freehand them

  • tat2dMama 3 Dec, 2008

    you can close the video window and the written directions are there. Click on the template link, you must have adobe to view it so you may have to download adobe if you're having problems

  • seekurdreams 2 Dec, 2008

    I can't get the template for this for the life of me someone please help me! This is driving me nuts.

  • emilybeck 11 Apr, 2008

    i love this idea, i think that handmade ornaments on a tree, are classic, reminds me of my grandmother.